Olympic Football Club are delighted to confirm the appointment of Danny Byrne as the Club’s new NPLW Head Coach ahead of the 2021 season.
Club legend, Byrne, who spent 11 seasons at Olympic as a player, captaining the NPL Queensland double winning side in 2013 and leading the team to three Grand Finals and two FFA Cup national round appearances will spearhead the Club’s NPLW return.
Olympic were awarded an NPLW Licence ahead of the 2021 season by Football Queensland on Monday, the Club will compete in the NPLW as well as U23 and SAP U10 & U12 girls competitions next season.
As well as making a significant mark as a player in red and white, Byrne has plenty of experience coaching both SAP & NPL at Olympic.
Most recently Byrne worked as an assistant to Ben Cahn with the first team as well as coaching the Club’s NPL U20’s.
Byrne, who is one of just five players to make 100 NPL Queensland appearances for Olympic said he couldn’t wait to get started.
“I’m happy to be back coaching senior football after the 20’s this year and more than anything I’m excited,” Byrne said.
“It’s exciting to have the licence back at Olympic, we’ll be trying to take off from where we left off.
“There’s too many to mention but you’ve got so many people and the women’s committee who have fought so hard to get this licence back.
“I’m excited, one to be back here and two to be at the senior end of the women’s game and be in and around the environment again,” Byrne said.
Byrne who’s been apart of the Club’s NPLQLD Men’s side as both a player and coach in recent years said he was aiming to bring similar standards to the club’s new female program.
“One of the main reasons for me taking this role is working alongside people like Ben (Cahn), you’re only helping yourself by being surrounded by the best and learning from the best, being in and around this environment at the club.”
“The professionalism that he’s brought, I want to make sure is the professionalism both within the men’s and women’s sides of the club,” Byrne said.