10 Oct Whites new coach
A former St. Edmund’s student Paul Dillon has been appointed head coach and first grade coach of the Whites for 2018.
The club’s committee unanimously supported the appointment of Dillon to succeed Adam Fahey after his five years in the top job.
Dillon believes in getting the players’ rugby IQ up. His trainings will be based around physical conditioning, education and execution. He impressed the panel with his analysis of the Whites’ game and his personal attributes.
Dillon moves to Queanbeyan after coaching Waverley first grade for two seasons and before that coaching Balmain to the division one Kentwell Cup.
The former half back has also had experience with the University of Sydney, Waverley College and St. Ignatius.
An exhaustive process was carried to work through the eight applicants for the position with Brumbies HPU head Damien Hill and rugby guru Geoff Stokes involved in the selection panel.
After serving Wayne Southwell as an assistant coach, Adam Fahey has completed a five-year stint as head coach and first grade coach of the Whites.
During his time, he had the heartbreak of a grand final loss to Tuggeranong in 2014,25-13, and then another premiership loss to Tuggers,26-22, in 2016.
The Whites finished fourth in 2017 after a season of disruptions due to player injury in addition to retirements from 2016. Fahey can take some credit for blooding second grade and colts players in to the top side. Both teams won premierships in 2017.
Despite the loss of many key players during his tenure the Whites remained more than competitive and Fahey introduced many youngsters to first grade where they have excelled.
Fahey has been active in higher coaching duties with stints at the NRC, Griffins and junior representative sides.
The Fahey family has a strong connection to the Whites and it is hoped that affiliation will continue.