Sydney University’s Senior NEAFL Coach, Daniel Gilmore has announced he will step aside from his role at the completion of the 2016 season. As a planned exit, communicated to the Club at the commencement of the 2016 season, Coach Gilmore has provided the Club the best possible opportunity to successfully transition the senior coaching role ahead of the 2017 preseason period.
Announcing his departure ahead of time, Gilmore has indicated he expects to maintain his involvement at an elite level of the game as he entertains the prospect of a new challenge.
After first joining the Students as the Club’s inaugural NEAFL High Performance Manager in 2012, Gilmore applied for and was promoted to the role of Senior Coach as the Club transitioned into their second year in the eastern conference of the NEAFL.
Entering the 2013 season as a rookie senior coach, Gilmore has since proven to be one of the competition’s most successful and respected coaches. Over his four years, Gilmore has worked tirelessly to elevate the Sydney University football program, playing a leading role in establishing the varisty-based program as a point of reference at the same time the NEAFL was emerging as the country’s most exciting state league competition.
Club President, Chas Wilkinson, “Over the toughest years any new venture will face, Daniel has played a leading role at SUANFC, arguably as the chief architect, resulting in the improvements we’ve seen to our program. He’s worked relentlessly over the passed 5 years and the results have followed. Daniel leaves a recognisable, mature state league program, it’s incredible what’s been achieved.”
“Daniel captured the Club’s vision and potential immediately, and working with a complex group of stakeholders has been able to leverage benefits for the Club and our athletes that go beyond the field of play. In future years, players will look back on their playing days, and also be able to thank Daniel for their careers post football,” said Wilkinson.
With the prospect of a strong finish and a finals campaign, the immediate and primary focus of the Senior Coach, Sydney University also takes this opportunity to wish Daniel all the best as he sets about his next challenge.