- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 August 2013
Photo: Chris McKenna [PlessPix]
Chris McKenna has been appointed technical director of Victory League club Devonport City Strikers for the 2014 season.
McKenna is currently player-coach of Devonport City and an assistant coach for the Victory League squad which will play Melbourne Victory next month.
Devonport finished second in this season’s inaugural Victory League competition and face old rivals Tilford Zebras in Saturday’s Victory Cup semi-finals.
McKenna was considering standing down as coach in 2014, but, with all Victory League clubs requiring a technical director in 2014 and beyond, the opportunity to have an impact on coaches and players across the entire club was too good an opportunity to miss.
“Work and family commitments have made my coaching role really difficult this year, and the boys deserve a 100% commitment – something I just couldn’t guarantee I could give next season,” McKenna said.
McKenna’s new role will oversee the ongoing roll-out of the National Football Curriculum across all grades and age groups at the club, as well as coach mentoring and education.
Devonport President, Andrew Groves, is delighted with the appointment.
“Chris is liked and respected by players, parents, and coaches alike,” Groves said.
“He communicates well and is a real student of the game, and while we are sorry to see him move out of the coaching box, having someone like Chris as our technical director is a fantastic appointment.”
McKenna’s first job will be to assist in the appointment of all coaches at the club in 2014, with all coaching jobs to be advertised in the very near future.