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Former Lock, Ben Molloy, like many here at Norths, has made the unique transition from player to coach.
Having previously played for 3rd Grade, Ben has found a new passion in the form of coaching and discussed the challenges that come with holding a greater responsibility.
“The transition from player to coach has been both exciting and challenging,” Ben said.
“I have been looking for something to challenge my knowledge and coaching experience, and now I have found one.
“The biggest challenge within the transition period is knowing that I still have the ability to play. I am a very young coach and potentially have many playing years ahead of me, but for now I have to remain on the sideline and put the players before myself.”
Ben additionally alluded to how important experimentation will be in his first year as coach, identifying the need to learn from mistakes made.
“I am most looking forward to being able to put my own spin on techniques and take on different areas of the game,” Ben said.
“Trial and error will be huge area within my first Head Coaching role, so I am keen to experiment and learn from my mistakes.
“I also crave the opportunity of being able to work with a young group of players, helping them develop and take their game to the next level.”
Former 100 game Grade player, Nick Marshall, will also be alongside Ben as assistant coach, as they look to guide 2nd Colts to success in 2018.
Ben admitted that without playing experience, his coaching experience and method wouldn’t be what it is today.
“My playing experience has greatly influenced my decision making whilst being a coach,” Ben said.
“It has allowed me to take a different approach to my coaching style. I can connect with players from a playing perspective rather than a coaches. I believe that will prove to be beneficial throughout the season.
“The best advice that I have received is ‘become a student of the game’. The game is always changing and coaches must be able to learn, adapt and understand those changes in order to be the best of the best.”