Leitrim GAA are delighted to announce that Mickey Moran and John Morrison will take over the vacant senior football management positions after ratification at tonights special county board meeting.
Mickey Moran started coaching as player Manager for 2 years at Derrys helm and when he hung up the boots he completed a further 2 years for the county.
Before his playing days ended he had played for his home club Glen, Derry, Ulster and the Rest of Ireland and was an All-Star replacement.
He was the Derry coach in 1993 as he assisted the late Eamon Coleman during Derrys capture of the All-Ireland title.
Towards the end of the nineties he was involved with the Irish International Rules team with Colm ORourke, John OKeefe, John Tobin for two years.
Having coached in Sligo and Donegal, in between stints with his native county Derry, he then took the top role in Mayo in 2006 taking them to a National League semi-final appearance, a Connacht final win and to an All-Ireland final appearance against Kerry with a superb win against Dublin along the way. Leitrim fans who were in Croke Park for the Tommy Murphy cup final against Louth may remember the fantastic Dublin v Mayo encounter that followed.
Mickey Moran is assistedby John Morrison who is only one of a small number of ‘GAA master coaches in Ireland. He is no stranger to coaches in Leitrim as he has undertaken several coaching seminars in the county in recent years as part of our games development plan. Earlier this year he was one of the high profile tutors included in the 2008 Coachworks series held in Armagh, this programme which "transforms theory into practice" offered useful tips on how best to deliver coaching messages and skills.
He is known for his ability to analyse player athleticism and performance and to provide a variety of solutions to enhance both.
The colourful Armagh native has coached with no fewer than five county teams and whose expertise has also been sought by Ulster Rugby and Leicester Tigers has partnered Mickey Moran in each of Morans last three Managerial appointments in Mayo, Derry and Donegal.
In conjunction with the development of playing and training facilities Leitrim GAA look on this appointment as another phase of development of Gaelic football in the county. Not only will Mickey and John be the senior team mentors they will also be involved in the preparation of coaching programmes for county underage teams & development squads. They are willing to assist in the preparation for our county U16s, Minor, U21s and Junior teams.
At grass roots level they are very willing to work with club coaches throughout the county and will be available to help in preparing programs for club teams. Their commitment to Leitrim GAA will further enhance the comprehensive Coaching and Development plans already in operation and this is a much valued addition to their duties as Senior team management.
25-Aug-08 by Brendan Doyle – PRO