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Adrian Thomson – Football Operations Manager

Adrian brings extensive experience to the position of Football Operations Manager having been involved in the game of rugby league for three decades, not only has he won three QRL State Championships with the Northern Marlins but he has also coached Townsville Brothers to five premierships in the Townsville and Districts Rugby League competition.  Having begun work with NRL side the North Queensland Cowboys as the recruitment manager, he was promoted to a coaching role as one of three coaching assistants to Head Coach Paul Green for the 2014 season.

This year at the Cowboys Thomson was tasked with working closely with NRL squad members who were playing in the Intrust Super Cup and this experience will serve him well as the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks begin recruitment for the inaugural squad. Further bolstering Thomson’s knowledge of player selections and talent in the Queensland region he has served as a Selector for the Queensland Rangers, Queensland Country & Queensland Resident teams; as well as Queensland State of Origin Under 20s and the Australian Junior Kangaroos.


 

Kristian Woolf – Head Coach

Kristian began his coaching career as an assistant at Townsville Brothers Senior Rugby Club from 2002-2005, during this time he was also teaching and coaching rugby league at Ignatius Park College. He led the Ignatius Park team to the Queensland State Schoolboys Championship in the year 2004.

Two years later he started working with the North Queensland Cowboys as Development Manager and his career breakthrough came in 2009 when he was offered the Head Coaching role of the Cowboys National Youth Competition side. In 2010 he took the Cowboys under-20s through to the NYC semi-finals and in 2011 all the way to the Grand Final only to narrowly miss out on the title by a single point to the New Zealand Warriors. Current Cowboys players and local products Michael Morgan, Kyle Feldt, Jason Taumalolo and Zac Santo were all part of Woolf’s grand final side in 2011.

After a stellar year in 2011 Kristian departed Townsville to become assistant coach at the Brisbane Broncos under Head Coach Anthony Griffin in 2012. He thoroughly enjoyed his three seasons with the Broncos and now has the experience of NRL finals to add to his long list of achievements.


 

Dave Elliott – Assistant Coach

Dave has extensive experience working with our Head Coach as he formerly worked under Assistant Coach Kristian at NQ Cowboys. A teacher at Ignatius Park College, he recently led Townsville Brothers A Grade side to the 2014 Premiership after coaching the team for 2 seasons.


 

Todd Wilson – Assistant Coach

The NQ Cowboys Under 20’s Coach for the past 3 seasons Todd took over from Kristian when he moved on to the Assistant Coaching role at the Broncos. The teacher also coached the Kirwan High Rugby league side which included Cowboy Ray Thompson and our new recruit Joe Mua as schoolboys and has many years of experience both working and coaching in rugby league.


 

James Moran –  Strength & Conditioning Coach

James is the first full time strength and conditioning coach at the Mendi Blackhawks. James writes and implements all the strength and conditioning programs and wrestle sessions for the team, bringing a diverse range of skills and experience to this role.  Having played Rugby League at Queensland Cup level, James knows the level of intensity required to be successful in the QRL and NRL. James collects and analyses GPS data to better inform our training processes.  He also oversees the Blackhawks 20’s and 18’s strength and conditioning.

He also has a background in wrestling/jiu jitsu, and has worked professionally in similar roles with the Queensland Reds, Norths Devils (Intrust Super Cup team) and with Mixed Martial Arts fight gym, Gamebred Academy. After finishing playing, James started training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, eventually being awarded a Black Belt in that martial art.

We welcome James to the Blackhawks this year!

 


Christian Quabba – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Christian is teacher at Ignatious Park College where he also coaches the first rugby league team.  Christian’s role is to assist in the implementation of the strength and conditioning programs including return to play, rehabilitation, strength and player data collection and monitoring.

 


 

Daniel Strickland – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Daniel was our inaugural strength and conditioning coach but now is involved on a part time basis due to his business commitments.  Daniel brings on-field and off-field knowledge with him to his role as Strength and Conditioning Coach. He played 67 first grade games for the NQ Cowboys between 2000-2006 and started FIT Solutions in 2004 while still playing professional rugby league. Daniel also spent a season as Trainer for the NQ Cowboys NYC squad in 2008. He is now Owner operator of FIT Solutions/CrossFit Townsville.

 


 

John Alloway – Conditioning Trainer

John is the Head of Sport at Ignatious Park College and has long been involved with NQ Cowboys as a trainer. John is in charge of the Blackhawks rehabilitation program to assist getting players back on the field after injury.


 

 

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