Accolades just a bonus for coach
LENNOX HEAD’S Paul Everingham says winning the NSW Country Cricket Coach of the Year award was the culmination of all the hard work he and a strong support team had put in place over a number of years.
Everingham was recognised by his peers for a successful season on the park where, as coach of the North Coast Under-16s, he led the team to win this season’s Bradman Cup and later to become State champions.
“I enjoy what I do; I don’t this for the accolades, to me that’s just a bonus,” he said.
“I’m stoked to have won the award, however I just want to see these boys do well.
“It’s a coming to fruition of all the hard work from not just myself but a lot of people behind the scenes, like Keith Wyatt from the Tweed, (locals) Neil Hellyar and Craig Ferguson, zone co-ordinator Bob Myatt and team manager Tony Cowin.”
Everingham is a former Brisbane first-grade wicketkeeper-batsman.
After returning to the region he played for Marist Brothers in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League for a season or two before linking with Lennox Head where he has been involved the Pirates club ever since, although the 2008-09 season was his last in the whites.
Now as coach of the NSW Emerging Blues, Everingham will be part of a Level 1 coaching course at St John’s College, Woodlawn, on Sunday, and will begin a three-month off-season training program from May.