Jeffery lands state role
LENNOX HEAD Trojans rugby union coach Paul Jeffery continues to climb the ladder in the coaching world after being named as the assistant coach of the New South Wales under-17 team.
He has just come off a stint coaching the Far North Coast Dolphins colts team at the NSW Country Championships last month, in which five players were selected for further representative honours.
Jeffery's latest appointment is just reward, after an unsuccessful application to coach the NSW Country Cockatoos Colts team last year.
"I'm pretty pumped because most of the time these positions go to coaches from first XV colts and sport schools in Sydney," he said.
"It will be a good opportunity to see how the other side works.
"I would love to be able to get to the level where I can coach overseas and take my family with me for 12 months.
"I always wanted to coach when I stopped playing and I've just kept plugging away at it ever since."
He couldn't have had a better reference than Lennox Head coaching consultant and Trojans player Sam Wisemantel.
Wisemantel was a skills coach at the Wallabies before a stint as assistant coach with the Waratahs and is currently on a three-year contract with the Japanese team.
"To have him (Wisemantel) in my corner was a massive bonus," Jeffery said.
"I don't think he would have backed me if he didn't think I was capable of doing the job."
Jeffery was head coach for three of the four years the Trojans won consecutive first grade premierships in the Far North Coast Rugby Union competition.
During that time he has coached some quality 17-year-olds at Lennox Head, including Sam Croke, Jack Davies and Lachlan Creagh, who were picked in the New South Wales Country squad last month.
Davies played off the bench for one game with the New South Wales team last year and could make the side again this year.
"It's traditionally a very Sydney-based program and the guys there are aiming for Super Rugby contracts," Jeffery said.
"The standard should be high and it's another stepping stone, so I plan to make the most it.
"It can be a tough age to coach but at that level you hope that they are all there for the right reasons."
The New South Wales team will be named on August 5 for games against Queensland, ACT and a Melbourne development team later in the year.
Jeffery will continue as assistant coach at Lennox Head, with the bulk of his commitments not until later in the year.