MOVING FORWARD: Super Coach Chris Layland will be coaching the Ballina Soccer Club in this weekend’s grand final.
MOVING FORWARD: Super Coach Chris Layland will be coaching the Ballina Soccer Club in this weekend’s grand final. Patrick Gorbunovs

Ballina Seahorses coach ready for 10th straight grand final

YOU cannot sit still if you want a successful sporting career - as Chris Layland can testify.

The 49-year-old is looking forward to his 10th straight grand final in the past five years when his Ballina Seahorses side takes on Tintenbar-East Ballina in Saturday's men's second division title decider.

Chris Layland's tips for a successful coaching career:

It has been a year to remember for Layland, who has helped pilot his team to 2013 success in his first season with the club.

The coach said a love of the round-ball game was firing his thirst for more expertise.

"I think I have a real passion for football and for bringing the most up-to-date methods into play," he said.

"I am really competitive person. I love training and I love game day.

"I just love it all."

Layland has experienced a notable run of success in recent years, steering sides in both the juniors, women's and senior men's competitions to grand finals.

He took up coaching several years ago after ending his playing days and has since acquired renowned coaching badges and licences.

"I like using different systems and modern playing systems," he said.

"I was trying to use things like zonal defending and getting the players to play a more passing game."

Layland's side has already earned promotion back to the men's premier division for 2014 after capturing the minor premiership.

It should still be an exciting contest at Lismore's Oakes Oval, though, with both teams eager to finish the year on a high note.

Whatever the result, Layland said he was proud of his Ballina players' efforts this season.

"I take my hat off to the older players (with the club)," he said. "They realised that things needed to change and were very supportive of me.

"I think it was just about changing the mindset of the players this year and giving them the belief in their own ability.

"I think we will be competitive next season, although we may need to bring some more players in.

"Hopefully we can have another good year."

The match is part of the grand finals series in the various men's divisions.

Action gets under way at 6pm on Thursday with the men's sixth division clash between Bangalow and Eureka.

Chris Layland's tips for a successful coaching career:

  • Know your sport; know what you are talking about.
  • Have the ability to talk to people and not AT people.
  • Always promote an aura of positivity and optimism.
  • The team is all: develop the importance of playing for the team.
  • Enjoy the journey! Being outside, involved in a sport you love - what could be better?


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