Coaching Announcement

We are excited to announce that Chad Combes has returned to Birkenhead United.

Chad joins the coaching staff, as Paul Hobson’s assistant, and he will also be involved coaching other age groups across the Club as opportunities arise.

Chad was last with us as a player during the 2015 NRFL season, when he captained the team in our first ever  Chatham Cup semi-final against Napier City Rovers.  

Chad has a wealth of playing experience that includes

  • A Chatham Cup win with Central United in 2005;
  • 300+ NRFL Premier League games;
  • 200 National League games;
  • 4 National League Titles;
  • 4 O League titles;
  • 3 Club World Cups with Auckland City and;
  • 1 National League title with Waitakere United.

Chad has represented New Zealand at Secondary School, Under 20’s and as an All White.

Chad is currently the Director of Sport at Onehunga High School, he holds an OFC/NZF C Licence and is currently completing the OFC/NZF B licence.  Chad has coached the New Zealand Secondary Schools in 2019, Waitakere United in the National Youth League (2016-17) and for 2 years in the NRFL Premier League.

Chad joined us just prior to the U19 Napier Tournament, so he was able to travel with the team and assisted Paul as we reached another final at this year’s tournament.

We are very excited to have secured a coach of Chad’s quality and Hobbo and Chad are already deep into planning for the upcoming season.

We are sure you will join us in welcoming Chad (back) to Birko and we look forward to seeing him around the club as the new season starts to take shape. 

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