Cobram under-17 football coach Phil McIntyre knows that a leader needs to show respect in order to be respected.By Randall Johnston
Cobram under-17 football coach Phil McIntyre knows that a leader needs to show respect in order to be respected.
McIntyre was awarded the Goulburn Murray Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year award in the youth category and will now attend a State Coach of the Year dinner at the MCG later this year.
West Coast Eagles assistant coach David Teague presented McIntyre with the award.
‘‘I was very surprised,’’ McIntyre said.
‘‘I really enjoy coaching the boys.’’
McIntyre first started coaching the team four years ago when his son Ryan entered the side.
‘‘That first season was a highlight. We came from sixth spot and just made the finals, but lost to Deni in the grand final,’’ he said.
When it comes to coaching teenagers, McIntyre said it was just as important to guide them in the decisions they made off the field.
‘‘It’s about trying to build that relationship, and that’s not always to do with sport, but showing interest in their other interests,’’ he said.
‘‘The thing I enjoy most is probably the satisfaction of getting friendship from the boys.
‘‘I’ve been very lucky and had a good group of kids over the years.
‘‘Probably 70 or 80 per cent of them have gone on to play senior footy.’’
McIntyre has played a role in developing the talents of many local football players over the years — including Cobram’s Cayden Williams who was drafted to Richmond last year.
The youth category received eight nominations from eight football leagues in the region.
Previous club winners of the award in this category include Ian Bush (1991) and Brendan Brooks (2006).
Peter Beasley won the Auskick award in 2008.
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