Wondering who’s who in the new Mayo set-up?
SHORTLY after putting the youngest of his four daughters to bed last Wednesday night, the 38 years-old received the phone call from Mayo GAA Chairman, James Waldron, to tell him that he was the new Mayo manager.
After leading Ballintubber to their first ever Mayo SFC final the previous Sunday, the appointment capped an incredible few days for the two-time All Star who began his coaching career with underage teams in Castlebar and Ballintubber.
Horan, who lives in Castlebar, works as a Process Quality Assurance Manager with Coca Cola in Ballina.
The New Zealand born forward won three Connacht senior championship medals during a distinguished playing career with Mayo.
THE Ballindine native (52) is one of the most experienced coaches in Mayo and was announced as a selector/trainer in James Horan’s backroom team last week.
Along with Shane Conway, he led the Westport footballers to the Mayo Intermediate championship title last year and was also in charge of Burrishoole when they reached the County Senior Final in 2000.
A teacher at Rice College, Westport, the former Davitts, Westport and Mayo defender is also a Connacht GAA Council coaching tutor.
He also won an All-Ireland club championship medal with Thomond College, Limerick in 1977, along with Mick Spillane, Brian Talty and Pat Spillane.
IRONICALLY, the new manager worked under Paul Jordan as a selector with the Castlebar Mitchels senior team a few years ago. Therefore, it is no major surprise that the duo have been reunited again.
Jordan (45) has been installed as a selector/trainer and will bring his own unique style to the training ground and dressing-room.
He is a former Kilmovee Shamrocks and Castlebar Mitchels footballer, and won a county senior championship medal in 1993. He was also a talented soccer player with Urlaur Utd and in 1990 won the Mayo Player of the Year award.
He currently works in Baxter, Castlebar.
THE two-time All Star retired from senior inter-county football at the end of the 2009 season after playing 132 games for Mayo.
During a glittering career, he won six Connacht senior championship medals and played in five All-Ireland senior finals (including the 1996 replay). He also won six county senior championship medals and an All-Ireland club championship title with Crossmolina in 2001.
The 37 years-old transferred to Claregalway, where he lives, last year and works in the physics department of NUI, Galway.
This is his first coaching role and he will fill the role of selector.
THE manager has gone for one of his most trusted lieutenants to fill the stats role in the new set-up. Prendergast soldiered with Horan for many years in the Ballintubber colours and they won County Intermediate medals together in 1990.
They have also worked together with the Ballintubber senior team in recent seasons and Prendergast’s analytical nature and encyclopedic knowledge of the game made him an obvious choice for the position.
From a family steeped in football history, Tom Prendergast is a son of Murt Prendergast (RIP), and a a nephew of Paddy and Ray (RIP).
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
THE Cork-born, Liverpool-based sports science graduate arrives with an impressive reputation having worked extensively with high-performance athletes in the UK.
The 36 years-old also worked earlier this year with John Maughan’s Crossmolina squad and Tourlestrane in Sligo, and his game-conditioned training methods will test the Mayo players to the limit.
Dr Sean Moffatt
HAVING assisted Ray Dempsey at both Mayo minor and U-21 level in recent years, the Ballina-based practitioner makes the step up to the senior ranks.
Dr Moffatt played for many years with the Ballina Stephenites, and also represented Mayo at both minor and U-21 level.
THE former Crossmolina footballer and manager will be responsible for looking after the Dublin-based Mayo players which will probably mean that he will co-ordinate their training and medical requirements.
Moffatt (35) is currently studying Sports Science at DCU and is also a member of the St Vincent’s senior management team.
A former Mayo minor, U-21 and senior defender, he has a wealth of experience and also won an All-Ireland club championship medal with Crossmolina in 2001.
A NATIVE of Westport, Joe is a sports massage therapist.
He is an accomplished long-distance athlete and represented Ireland at schools cross-country-level. He has also played soccer for Westport Utd and Mayo.
THE consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar has a wealth of sporting experience having worked with both the New Zealand rugby and Republic of Ireland soccer teams in the past.
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