Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick is going to play instead of coaching next year.
Heat coach Ben Fitzpatrick is going to play instead of coaching next year. Craig Warhurst

Heat looking for new coach

GYMPIE’S premier hockey side is without a coach for the 2011 season after 2010 coach Ben Fitzpatrick failed to renominate at the Gympie Hockey association’s annual general meeting Monday night.

No other coach put their hand up to take on the role.

The Cooloola Heat had their most successful season in 2010 but Fitzpatrick said despite the team being chocked full of talent he wanted to concentrate on coaching the Senior Men’s Gympie side at the State titles in 2011.

He also hinted at a return to the Heats’ playing roster next year.

“I’m looking at having a run next year depending on my fitness and it’s a hard job to be a player-coach,” Fitzpatrick said.

He said the new coach needed to be someone fresh with new ideas.

“We have a talented team - we just need someone to point us in the right direction,” he said.

It will be an exciting time for the Heat next year.

They will play their first year on their new synthetic surface.

“The new surface should drag new players to the team,” Fitzpatrick said.

He said anyone interested in coaching the Heat should give him a call.

“We need to start training in January because we have a pre season competition in February at Brisbane,” he said.

Other news to come from the Gympie Hockey AGM was Ian Wenzel kept his job as president.

He will be backed up wife Lesley as Secretary and Debbie Mackay as Treasurer.

Gympie Times


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