Beach lands Hynes

David Hynes in action in the 1994 AFL Grand Final against Geelong
David Hynes in action in the 1994 AFL Grand Final against Geelong
North Beach Football Club has scored a coaching coup by securing West Coast Eagles premiership ruckman David Hynes as its senior coach.
Hynes replaces Beach legend Bill Duckworth who took the club to 10 premierships in 17 seasons, including an unprecedented seven flags in succession from 2004-10.
A member of the triumphant 1994 West Coast team, Hynes is another man with a history of success.
He played in SANFL premierships with Port Adelaide from 1988-90, won the Fos Williams Medal as best on ground in a State match in 1992 and played in a premiership with South Fremantle in 1997, winning the Simpson Medal as best afield.
The athletic big man also won the Eagles’ best club man award in 1992.
North Beach president David Cassidy said he was delighted and excited by the appointment, which was unanimously supported by the committee at a special meeting last night.
“We believe David has some outstanding attributes which give him the skills to take us into a new era,” Cassidy said. “Bill Duckworth served our club magnificently and after he announced he would not continue, we aimed to find the best possible candidate to take us forward. David Hynes is an exceptional appointment.”
After retiring as a player, Hynes sustained his involvement in the game, initially going to Margaret River to play in the strong South-West Football League and also coaching that club’s colts team to its first grand final in 15 years.
He was working as a regional development manager for the WA Football Commission at that time and upon returning to Perth, assumed a similar role with South Fremantle.
Hynes then returned to West Coast with a heavy involvement in the club’s community programs, but also was an integral part of the match-day success as the club’s runner.
Four years ago, he took a change of direction and coached the East Perth reserves, where he was also the senior assistant coach to Tony Micale, coaching the league team’s midfield.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity with North Beach,” Hynes said today. “I’m super excited to be involved at a club which has such a strong history and has so many good people attached to it.
“It’s a great footy environment and it’s a terrific opportunity to bring my coaching thoughts and philosophies together.”
Hynes will meet with club officials next week to discuss and plan the infrastructure around him and to plan for pre-season training.