Newport’s Herring Named Top Coach

Nearly everything that Newport’s Trent Herring touched turned to gold in season 2014/15, and the modest mentor has been rewarded with the Coach of the Year award at the annual Awards of Excellence.

Among a roll-call of highlights, Trent steered Newport to a second consecutive point score win at the State Open Championships, and to second place overall at The Aussies in what was the club’s greatest ever result at a national champion.

Not a bad result for a man who has just completed his first season at the club’s senior coach.

“It was a tough decision to shift over to Newport, but the support I had from the Peter Brooks and the club was unbelievable. They had faith in my methods and I think in the end our results spoke for itself. I couldn’t this without the love and support of my family,” Herring said.

“I’m very happy with my decision and the way things played out. The men’s Taplin results are something that everyone involved in can be proud of, but what is often forgotten about is the women’s race who went so close at The Aussies when they were out sprinted on the beach.”

Trent’s charges turned in a number of stunning performances throughout the year. Max Brooks and Georgia Miller were named male and female competitor of The Aussies, and both also qualified for the Nutri-Grain Iron series next season after their performances in the SIQS series.

He also coached Kendrick Louis to an automatic re-qualification on the professional circuit.

“Max and Georgia were obviously the standouts in the qualifying series, and it was a roller coaster ride. The fact that they’ve both qualified along with Kendrick Louis is fantastic for them as athletes but also the whole club who can cheer them on as well,” he said.

Highlighting his determination to always improve, and in his quest to get the best out of himself and the athletes he coaches he successfully completed a strength and conditioning course, and has implemented individual plans for Newport’s senior surf athletes.

They say the most effective way to measure the influence of a coach is to assess their willingness to share their knowledge, and it something that Trent passionately believes in.

He played a significant role in supporting the coaching structure for the Sydney Northern Beaches Interbranch team, and is always available for Newport’s Nipper coaches to pick his brain.

While justly proud of the season that was, Trent Herring isn’t content with the accolades of the past preferring instead on focusing on improving the abilities of everyone he coaches. “This year was amazing, but there’s a lot to look forward to next season as well,” he said.

The 2015 SLSNSW Awards of Excellence are proudly presented by Stramit Building Products. Almost 350 of Surf Life Saving’s most outstanding lifesavers, athletes, educators, coaches, and administrators from around the state gathered at Sydney’s iconic Four Seasons Hotel for a night of celebration.

For a full list of all the winners and to see photographs from the night please visit the SLSNSW Awards of Excellence Event Page or our social media channels

Photograph - Trent Herring is all smiles after being named Coach of the Year at the 2015 Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.

Mon 31 Aug 2015