Saturday, September 28, 2019

Coaching movements between Tasmania and Queensland continue

Roger Hardwicke has been appointed as Launceston City’s NPL coach for the 2020 season.

He replaces Lino Sciulli, who has called it quits after coaching Northern Rangers and Launceston City in a five-year NPL coaching career.

Sciulli coached Launceston City to seventh place in the 2019 NPL Tasmania competition.

Hardwicke comes from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and has the AFC ‘B’ and “c” coaching licences.

His most recent club was Sunshine Coast Fire.

Meanwhile, Devonport City’s coach in 2019, Rick Coghlan, has returned to Queensland.

He has been appointed coach of Logan Lightning FC, who play in the second-tier Football Queensland Premier League competition.

The club finished third this past season.

Coghlan won the NPL Tasmania title this year with Devonport City.

Devonport lost 3-2 away to Maitland in the NPL Finals series last weekend and that was Coghlan's final match in charge of the North-West Coast outfit.

Devonport must now find a new coach and the favourite must surely be Chris Gallo.

Gallo, who moved to Tasmania from Queensland, coached Devonport in 2017 and 2018 and won an NPL title and Lakoseljac Cup with the club.

He left to coach in Queensland in 2019 but returned mid-year to take up the position of North-West Coast development officer with Football Tasmania.

The vacant Devonport coaching position must surely appeal to him.

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