ORANGE Emus president Toby Tancred last week spoke of attracting the best available coaching talent as a critical element of his executive’s plans for 2013.
He believes they’ve found their men.
Andrew Logan, Graydon Staniforth and Mal Nutt have been unveiled as the first grade coaches for this season’s Blowes Clothing Cup.
Logan will take on the head coach’s role, Staniforth will guide the backs, while Nutt will mentor the forwards.
Tancred believes the trio has the ability to return the greens to their glory days.
“Those three together, I think it’s the best coaching package in the whole central west,” he said.
“They’re fairly young and they’ll be in touch with the player group we’ve got.”
Logan brings a wealth of experience to the top job, having instructed Sydney University’s second grade outfit and managed the Australian Sevens side.
Drawn on Logan’s best qualities, Tancred was succinct.
“Enormous experience,” he replied. “We’re confident he’ll bring a new sense of accountability to the club this season and really lead by example.”
The new head coach’s visions for the club appear to match those of his president.
“We want to rebuild the culture of the club into a winning one,” Logan said.
“This club used to be the benchmark of the competition, but in the last few years we’ve lost that.
“We want to rebuild the club as a place where players and teams are given every chance to excel and succeed.”
The addition of Staniforth and Nutt to the coaching roster will aid this cause.
Staniforth was a standout on the field for Emus in 2012 and Tancred believes that success can be replicated in the coaching role.
“Graydon’s a true professional, with experience as a full-time player in Europe,” he said.
“He is genuinely driven to contribute at a grassroots level. He wants to see Emus succeed.”
Forward’ coach Nutt, who has both played for and coached Sydney University first grade, will also assist as a set piece consultant.
The president has high hopes for his impact across the grades.
“He’ll be a massive presence around the club in general,” Tancred said.