Coach Coleman Aiming to Leave Giltinis on a High

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Darren Coleman will finish his successful run as Head Coach of the LA Giltinis in August to pursue a career opportunity with the NSW Waratahs in his native Australia.

In announcing the difficult decision, Coleman said his season with the Giltinis continues to be one of the highlights of his two decades in coaching.

“I genuinely want to express my gratitude to team owner Adam Gilchrist and Adam Freier for allowing me to take this opportunity with the Waratahs where I grew up in New South Wales and fell in love with the game,” Coleman said.

“I’m a beneficiary of coming to the US to work in a highly-professional rugby program and that can only be a good signal for players and staff at the Giltinis.

“From having to set-up a full-time professional team from zero to planning to working through the COVID obstacles, we conquered an enormous amount just to get to our first game.

“Coaching a team with such world-class players has definitely sharpened my act as a coach and how I do things. Having travelled a lot around the world, I have been able to learn from many coaches and those on the Giltinis’ coaching staff are an incredibly talented and passionate crew.

“I’m 100 per cent certain I’m a better coach for being with the Giltinis.”

LA Giltinis General Manager Adam Freier said the decision had the blessing of the club that Coleman has turned into a Major League Rugby powerhouse.

Coleman requested the release to accept a three-year deal to become head coach of the NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby.

“We are an aspirational club that always wants our players, coaches and staff to achieve their dreams. For that reason, Darren goes with our absolute support,” Freier said.

“We are proud of what Darren has helped build and that the achievements of the Giltinis continue to gain recognition worldwide.

“This is a significant moment in time for the club and MLR that such an iconic franchise as the Waratahs has this faith in our rugby program, culture and its people.

“Already, we are seeing several of our players selected for the USA Eagles and Canada and come into contention for national honors which will remain our focus and underpin the foundations of the club.

“Darren has always done things differently. He is a team-builder and a winner and those traits will continue to strongly guide the Giltinis through the final month of this season and the years ahead.

“He is a good ‘Rugby man’ and dear friend to all of us here at the club. We wish his wife Pauline and kids Jake and Ella the very best in their next chapter. They will always be welcome here at the Giltinis and be part of the LA Rugby Family.”

The full focus of the club and coach Coleman for the next month is turning the Giltinis from the No.1-ranked team in MLR into Championship material.

“It was emotional telling the players my news because we have gone through a lot but we still have so much to achieve together,” Coleman said.

“We have a massive two weeks ahead with games at the Coliseum against NOLA Gold (July 4) and Austin Gilgronis (July 10) that can secure us the No.1 position and home advantage going into the finals.

“It’s really important to leave a place on top and I’m super-motivated to do that.”

The 11-2 Giltinis sit atop the MLR standings with three matches to come before the play-offs and a potential Championship final on August 1.

Fireworks are certain when the Giltinis take on NOLA Gold at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 7pm (PT) on Sunday, the Fourth of July.

Coleman was born and raised in NSW. His record as a proven team-builder with Shute Shield premierships in Sydney with Warringah (2017) and Gordon (2020) was a major reason he was signed by the Giltinis.

Both were drought-breaking championships that required the building of a tight team culture and winning attitude which are now part of the backbone of the Giltinis.

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