New Beenleigh coach, Tom Corless, says he is a problem solver and it is that mentality upon which he will approach the Buffaloes’ 2015 season.
Corless, who has previously coached at Yeronga, Kenmore and regional talent teams, said there would be some key problems to solve from day one.
“District football coaching is all about problem solving,” he said.
“Why do players keep on moving, how do we solve that? How do we attract players to the club and how do we get more juniors to play through to seniors.”
“I want players wanting to play for Beenleigh and provide them with a good training program.”
With a number of other football clubs nearby, Corless said it was imperative to strengthen the retention of players at Beenleigh.
“If we do it properly, we should have kids who want to play and more senior players who want to play for us,” he said.
“We really want to nurture the kids in our own backyard.”
Corless said he would be handing a lot of ownership to the players as the young group prepares for 2015.
“’if they sit back and take a “poor me” attitude and don’t want to solve problems (that won’t work),”he said.
“We’ve got to create an atmosphere where we’re doing things for the right reasons and be accountable…and it’s pretty simple.
“We want a plying group that knows what it’s about.”
Beenleigh finished 2014 with just one win but it’s a situation Corless has experience in – he was appointed at Kenmore in 2011 after they finished last, before taking them to a preliminary final in his second season in charge.
In line with his long-term view, Corless said recruiting would not be his major focus.
‘I’m here to educate the players we’ve already got,” he said.
“If a player who fits the mould comes up, then that’s good.
“Coaching is about guiding, teaching and mentoring.”