The Randwick District Rugby Union Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben McCormack as its Club Coach.
McCormack brings a wealth of experience to the Club Coaching role, having spent time as Head Coach of Gregory Terrace and the Director of Rugby at the highly successful Brothers Rugby Club in Brisbane’s Hospital Cup where he delivered five premierships in 2016, which included Premier Grade (1st).
The former Queensland Reds Development Officer played a significant role during his time at Brothers Club, establishing its Elite Development Program which led to a resurgence in the club’s recruitment, coaching education, junior pathways and on-field success.
More recently, McCormack formed part of the coaching team which led the Warringah Rats to the 2018 Shute Shield final, having moved to Sydney with his employer and partner of the Randwick Rugby Club, The Rohrig Group.
McCormack was excited to join Randwick, paying homage to the Club’s history and its future.
“Randwick is an iconic brand and has a rich history of success as a Club within the community.” said McCormack, “It’s a club held in such high esteem because it has always had a ‘Club first’ mentality which is something I am very passionate about.
“We have a vibrant junior base and the right recruitment model which consistently targets quality people at the Colts level, which is critical to long term and sustained success of the Club.
“Randwick has always had great players enjoying their rugby and a winning culture across all grades, and I am looking forward to being a part of it.
“Off the back of a successful Colts campaign this year winning first and second Colts premierships and some great talent and depth already existing in the grade program, the future of Randwick looks very exciting.”
The appointment of McCormack comes on the back of a review process of the Club’s Rugby Operations in 2018, where its recommendation was to split the Club Coach and First Grade Coaching role, which has historically been tied together. The review determined the roles required to be separate, given the onerous time commitments needed for both jobs.
As Club Coach, McCormack will be primarily responsible for the development and implementation of the overall club coaching strategies, including player and coach recruitment and retention, along with the entire Club’s high performance program, which includes strength and conditioning, scheduling and selection policies across all grade and colts teams.
McCormack is currently the forwards coach for the NSW Country Eagles as part of the National Rugby Championship (NRC), and will officially commence his duties with Randwick from October 1.