Graham HerlihyHead Coach & Director of Coaching
Graham has an extensive coaching background in Rugby Union and Rugby League. As well as playing First Grade Rugby League for Brothers in Brisbane, he has coached at a “Q Cup” level with Brisbane Easts. He also coached the South Queensland Crushers in the NRL taking the Under 21s to a Grand Final win over Parramatta and the Reserve Grade to a preliminary final. Graham also held coaching positions with many representative teams including Australian Open Schoolboys, Queensland Open schoolboys, Queensland Under 19s, the Junior Kangaroos (4 test wins over NZ) and Southern Division A Grade. In his very first coaching appointment in Mackay as a young teacher, Graham coached Mackay Wests to their only second premiership ever. He holds a Level 3 in Rugby League coaching.
In Rugby Union, Graham has been defensive coach at the Breakers for a number of years as well as at Brisbane Easts Rugby and the East Coast Aces in the first NRC comp. He is currently the TSS Firsts’ defensive coach and has been in this position for the past twelve years. For four years he was a defensive consultant for “World”, a Japanese Top League club.
In 2016, as Head Coach, Graham guided the Knights to their first Grand Final appearance in ten years. In 2017, as Director of Rugby, he has assembled a very experienced group of coaches who will provide the players with every opportunity to develop and reach their potential.
Matt PetersenAssistant Backs Coach and Player Mentor
After playing over 100 First Grade games in the NRL for the Cowboys, Parramatta and the Titans, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the club. He also played for Wakefield Trinity in England as well as represented the USA in the World Cup playing 8 games for them. Matt arrived at the club during the pre-season in 2016 to do some training just to maintain his fitness as he lives near the club. It wasn’t long before he was talked into once again pulling on a jersey. Matt ended up playing nearly every First Grade game in 2016 but unfortunately, due to injury, missed the Grand Final. He is the humblest person you could meet and the players love having him around the club. In 2017, he will assist with coaching the backs as well as mentoring the players, particularly the younger ones. He has also joined the committee and is a sponsor of the club.
Shaun “Coley” ColeSecond Grade Captain/Coach
Being a Knights’ Player for the past eight years and Club Captain for the last 4 years, Coley personifies what it means to be a Knight. His playing career at the Knights has been extremely successful. He has the enviable record of reaching the semi-finals in any side that he has played. Last year, he was an integral member of the First Grade Team that reached the Grand Final. He tasted premiership success in 2013 in second grade with Coley playing at flyhalf steering the ship in his own unique way. A no nonsense type of player who stops at nothing to get the win, combined with his knowledge of the game, Coley will quickly prove to be a real asset to the club in the coaching ranks. This was recognised by the Rugby Director, Graham Herlihy, who sees Coley as a great fit to be Captain/Coach of the second grade team. Well respected amongst the playing group and past and present club members, Coley commences his coaching career in 2017 and is looking forward to learning under the number of experienced coaches at the club. He is keen to transition into a First Grade role in years to come. The Playing Group are looking forward to working under and playing alongside Coley in 2017.
Paul “Taffy” LongmanCoaching Coordinator
Taffy comes to the club with a wealth of playing and coaching experience. Having played over 500 games in Wales as well as many years playing in Australia, Taffy has an equally impressive coaching record. He has coached A Grade teams in Wales as well as on the Gold Coast at Palm Beach and Helensvale. At the University of Queensland, he coached their premier colts’ team for two years taking them to back-to-back premierships. He has also been heavily involved with Norths, Wests and Souths in the Brisbane Premier competition as either a head coach or coaching coordinator. He has coached many representative teams including NSW Country, Northern Province Far North Coast, NSW, Gold Coast Cyclones A Grade, Gold Coast junior teams and a number of Welsh District teams.
Taff’s role at the Knights will be to work closely with the head coach as well as mentor all coaches and players.
Dom BanburyForwards Coach & Strength/Conditioning
Dom comes to the Knights after also enjoying a long career in playing and coaching. He had a successful playing career in New Zealand, Spain, Australia and Ireland. Dom was Director of Rugby at Newry RFC Northern Ireland where he mentored the Firsts through to Thirds as well as Sevens. More recently, he was head coach at Surfers Paradise Dolphins looking after first grade and their Sevens’ program. He has also had many years of coaching experience with various junior teams on the Gold Coast and overseas. Dom’s responsibilities at the Knights will include being the forwards’ coach with a focus on “set piece” and the attacking ruck area. He will also be responsible for the strength and conditioning aspects of the club.
Spencer AttoeBacks Coach & Attacking Skills
Spencer returns to the Griffith Knights as one of the best up and coming young coaches on the Gold Coast. He had previously coached the Under 20s in 2009. In 2016, he assisted in coaching the Bond University Premier Colts’ team to a grand final appearance as the backs’ and skills coach. Spencer has also coached a number of representative teams including an Under 17 Junior Gold Cup team which competed in a national competition. Other rep teams include several regional school teams as well as being assistant coach of the QRU Under 15 state team. He has also coached at various private schools including TSS, St Laurence’s and Somerset. At St Laurence’s, he was appointed Director of Rugby. Spencer also spent some time in Sydney working for the ARU as a Development Officer.
At the Knights this year, Spencer will take on the responsibility of guiding the backs and honing the attacking skills of the players.
THIRD GRADE: COACHING STAFF
Joshua “WaWa” ScottJob Position
Josh is the true clubman. As passionate and committed as they come, WaWa has been Captain of Third Grade for a number of years now. In every game he plays, he leads by example giving 100%, exhausting every bit of energy he has. WaWa is taking up a player-coaching role in 2017, a position he also held in 2014 where he took the Third Graders to a Grand Final.
Todd McGuireJob Position
Another club legend, Todd returned to the Knights in 2016 to assist with the coaching of Second Grade. In his playing career at the Knights, he played around 100 games between 1997 and 2006. Todd was First Grade Captain and club Captain during this time. Todd has also brought a wealth of coaching expertise to the club after coaching junior Rugby at Coomera Crushers for eight years as well as being the First XV coach at AB Paterson College for three years. Todd is also very well known in the sport of hockey where he has coached senior men’s teams for eight years winning four Second Grade premierships as well as three First Grade premierships. Todd is a wonderful clubman where no job is too small nor too difficult. He is the Mr Fixit at the club and is often seen doing maintenance around the club.
Colts: Coaching Staff
Stephen UrryHead Coach
Stephen is a teacher of maths and physical education at Nerang High. He is a life member of South Coast School Sport, an indication of his passion and commitment to sport. He has been coaching Rugby for a number of years having commenced with mentoring his son and his mates who he coached as juniors before taking them to a Colts’ Premiership and a runner’s up medal the following year. Stephen then moved into coaching senior Rugby. After Head Coach of the Helensvale Hogs for two years, he then mentored the Second Grade team to a premiership. Stephen then moved to Nerang Bulls for two years as an assistant Head Coach. In 2016, Stephen was appointed the Nerang Bulls’ Head Coach. Stephen comes to the Knights following his son Tyson who played for the club in 2016. He has agreed to take on one of the most important coaching positions in the club, Head Coach of Colts. With his wealth of Rugby knowledge combined with his many years of teaching young people, Stephen will quickly prove to be the perfect person for the position.
Phone No: 0400750796
David CummingsVice President
Phone No: 0400750796
Aaron Robin played with Colleges for a number of years during the nineties, where he won a Colts premiership in 1999. He then decided it was time for him to broaden his horizons and left to England in 2005. After almost 10 years away and one too many winters he came back to the Coast and the Knights in 2014 were he continues to play third grade. A one club man who had a ten year retirement , he is committed to working on the committee and the future of the Knights.
Phone No: 0421 298 481
Phone No: 04584 68 512
TBCGriffith University Coordinator
Wendy SteaneFood and Bev Manager
Phone No: 0497 827 730
Graham HerlihyDirector of Rugby
Phone No: 0416 977 626
Christina HickmanWomens Rugby Manager
Phone No: 0432 039 541
Matthew PetersonGeneral Committee Member
Paul LongmanGeneral Committee Member
Alex NorcrossGeneral Committee Member