Bears Appoint New Coach

The Essential Coffee Burleigh Bears are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Stone as Head Coach for the next two seasons.

The two-time Intrust Super Cup premiership-winning coach is no stranger to the Bears having previously coached over 200 games at the club from 1995 to 2005. In that time Stone lead the Club to premierships in 1999 and 2004.
Stone left the Bears in 2005 to take up an assistant coaching role with the Newcastle Knights where he ultimately became Head Coach. Stone has also held coaching positions with Huddersfield Giants (Super League), the Fiji Bati National Team, Sydney Roosters NRLW (2019) and is the current Lebanon National team Head Coach.

Bears CEO Damian Driscoll said the Club had been inundated with applications for the position and securing a coach of Stones ilk is the best outcome to lead the club forward.
“We are very excited to have Rick returning to the Club as Head Coach. Rick has a thorough knowledge of our Club and community, which are qualities that are important at the Bears.
Rick has an extensive coaching resume and we look forward to what he will bring to the Bears.’’ Driscoll said.

Stone said he was excited about the challenge of being back where it started.
“The Burleigh Bears mean a lot to me as they gave me my first opportunity to coach in the Intrust Super Cup. I have great memories from my previous time at the Club and look forward to more success. Jimmy (Lenihan) has left the club in great shape and I am excited to work with the current group of players and next generation of Intrust Super Cup players pushing through the Clubs Development system. There is a lot to look forward to.”

Rick Stone will be available for a media opportunity on Monday 11 November when he commences with the Bears. If you would like to speak to Rick before Monday he is available on 0417 769 939 or alternatively CEO Damian Driscoll is available on 0422663224.

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