Bay of Plenty man Jeremy Cotter is the new Manawatu Turbos forwards coach.
He has agreed to take up the role for a year, taking over from Wesley Clarke, who vacated the position after the Turbos' 2013 season.
Cotter, 45, was one of 11 applicants, of whom five were interviewed.
Manawatu head coach Jason O'Halloran knew Cotter from working with the New Zealand under-20 team, where Cotter was one of three talent-spotters in the Chiefs region.
He is a younger brother of Vern, soon to be Scotland coach, and farms sheep and beef. Cotter also has a fencing and retaining-wall contracting business.
Cotter has been working with Bay of Plenty coach Kevin Schuler as a skills coach, specialising in lineouts and kickoffs, but wanted to head towards the next level.
The first contact came via O'Halloran and everyone knows the Manawatu lineout needs major repair.
"I was quite flattered to be asked," Cotter said. "It was a big call. I've got pretty deep roots here and I had a lot to think about."
He said that during the application and interview process, everybody in Manawatu had been upfront.
"I feel confident going into an outfit that's professional. I would like to think I'll repay their faith."
The Manawatu job means he will have to put a manager on his farm. His wife and three young boys will stay at home.
The job will be purely as assistant coach. Manawatu chief executive John Knowles said someone else would be appointed for the coaching development role.
Cotter will commute on weekends to Palmerston North in the early months to check out club rugby before his official role starts on July 1.
He does have Manawatu lineage. The Cotter family originally came from Pahiatua and in 1986 he spent a year at Massey University, playing for Manawatu under-18s.
As for his coaching pedigree, Cotter took Te Puke Sports to their first Baywide title in 2011 after losing three finals playing as a loose forward or lock.
He didn't crack the Bay of Plenty representative side, his itchy feet taking him on two major overseas experiences when in his prime playing years, but he did represent Western Bay sub-union.
- Manawatu Standard