Tavich reappointed as Falcons coach

BIG TASK: Davor Tavich will return as Nelson Falcons coach as the team prepares for its second season.
BIG TASK: Davor Tavich will return as Nelson Falcons coach as the team prepares for its second season.

The Nelson Falcons committee has reappointed Davor Tavich as head coach of the national youth league football team for the coming season, with former captain Mark Johnston joining him as assistant coach.

The New Zealand King Salmon Nelson Falcons will commence their second season in January and Tavich wasted no time setting the all-important trial dates for later this month.

TSF Inc Committee Chair Aldo Miccio said the committee unanimously agreed on Tavich's re-appointment because they believed he would bring continuity to the franchise.

''The team had a fantastic first season under Davor's leadership, and even though there will be a new squad for 2014, Davor has a great understanding of the ASB Youth League from last season, and has an immense respect from young players from around the region,'' said Miccio.  

Tavich said he is looking forward to a new season with the Nelson Falcons.

''Last year we put a sound foundation in place and this year we are going to continue to build a culture and environment that our best young players will want to be part of and contribute to with passion and commitment,'' said the newly reappointed coach.

He said it is very important that the Falcons set high standards on and off the pitch, and despite a good first season, the Falcons will need to improve from last year.

''My aspirations are to build a quality, confident squad that will approach every game with a winning mind set. That will have to start with improving our training structure, and having the players take more responsibility and accountability for their preparations.

'' Tavich said the Falcons will have to balance trying to accumulate more points in the league, while introducing some young players.

''I want to try and introduce some young talent this year, in order to give them some exposure and hopefully help them make the New Zealand under-17 squad for the 2015 World Cup.  We will need to manage these players and make sure they feel comfortable within the team, and the team will need to make sure they get all the help they need.''

Davor Tavich has selected former Falcon's captain Mark Johnston as his assistant coach for the coming season, although the Nelson Mail understands he will not return as a player-coach.

''Mark's passion and contribution to the team last year, and his footballing knowledge and experience makes him a great choice for the assistant coach this season,'' Tavich said.

''He's a very intelligent young man at the start of his coaching career, and I believe the timing of his appointment will benefit both him and the Falcons.

''His qualities as a footballer and a leader are well proven, and the boys will look up to him as an inspiration, as they try and achieve individually and as a team.''

On behalf of the Nelson Falcons Committee, Aldo Miccio thanked all the quality coaching applicants who applied for the head coaching role and lauded the appointment of Johnston.

''Just like in our first season, the team has a lot of support out there, and we thank those who put their names forward for coaching,'' said Miccio.

''The appointment of Mark as assistant coach is a brilliant consequence of having a team in the ASB Youth League, as it has given this young guy an opportunity to move from a player to coaching role, at a national level.

Tavich has set two trial dates; for Saxton Field, Thursday October 17 and Thursday October 24. Both from 6-8pm at Saxton Field.

The first training starts on Tuesday October 29 at the same time and venue then every Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday 10am-12pm.

Players wanting to trial for the Nelson Falcons need to have been born on or after January 1 1994.