The Club is excited to announce Ricky Nolan will step into the role of Senior Men’s Coach for season 2022. Ricky was the Senior Men’s Vice-Captain for season 2021 but unfortunately suffered a broken hand and then a torn ACL in the two games he played this season. Despite these significant injuries retiring 2021 Senior Men’s Coach, Andrew Sutherland was pleased to see Ricky gain an interest in coaching and apply for the job, “I got an insight into Ricky as a potential coach while he was injured this season and I am very pleased to be passing the reins onto him in 2022 and watching him fulfill his potential at the Club”.
Ricky joined the Club in 2014 through our Under 19’s and has played at the Club ever since, notching up 88 games for the Club. Ricky has played many roles at the Club over the years, including: a member of the Committee in 2016, Reserve Men’s Captain in 2017, Reserve Men’s Best and Fairest in 2017, Senior Men’s Best and Fairest Runner Up in 2019 and Senior Men’s Vice-Captain in 2021. Now as a teacher and established player and member of the Club, only naturally, he will step up further as a leader of our men’s program in 2022.
When asked about taking on his first coaching role Ricky said “I probably saw myself coaching in the future but having to sit out a majority of 2021 with my knee probably sped up that process. La Trobe just seemed a natural fit, seeing as though I’ve been involved in the Club since 2014”. A big contributor to the decision was his experience at the Club, “after moving to college from Cobram, LTUFC provided me with great opportunities to play some footy and enjoy the social aspect of being at a Uni club. Hopefully, I can provide new players the same opportunities and enjoy some success along the way”.
On field, Ricky is a talented left-footer who made his senior debut for Cobram FC as an 18-year-old before moving to the city and joining the Trobers. Playing senior footy in most years at the Club, it was 2019 that was his breakout season in the seniors. Finishing runner up in the Best and Fairest as an inside midfielder that could win the clearances, use the ball well by foot and kicking 25 goals for the season he became one of our most valuable players.
When asked about what Ricky hoped the 2022 season had in store he said, “I’d love to see LTUFC keep building on the foundations of the club’s culture, both on and off the field. Seeing individuals improve their game, leadership and become part of a tight knit club are definitely something I’m excited about for 2022.” With an interrupted 2021 season and ultimately the cancellation of the season, the third placed Senior Men didn’t get their opportunity at their first finals win since 2016. Ricky hopes our Senior Men can break that drought in 2022, saying “I’m sure that if the young core stick together and we add a few pieces to the team, we can certainly put our case forward to play some finals footy. I’d love to be part of the next La Trobe team that brings a premiership back to Tony Sheehan Oval”.
Congratulations Ricky on your appointment and no doubt there will be a lot of excitement around the Club when training returns with having both our Senior coaches and Reserve Men’s coach looked after for season 2022!
Published by La Trobe University Football Club 19.10.2021