Mayo GAA tonight ratified Maurice Sheridan as the county’s U20 manager. Both he and former Minor manager Tomás Morley were interviewed for the position this week and following this the Balla native was appointed to the post.
The new manager comes into the role with plenty of management and coaching experience, to say nothing of his nine years as a member of the Mayo team that reached the All-Ireland final in 1996 and 1997. As a player he also captained Salthill/Knocknacarra to All-Ireland club title success in 2006.
He managed the NUIG team for its Sigerson Cup campaign in 2018 and, along with Anthony Finnerty, co-managed Salthill/Knocknacarra last year. Along with Alan Molloy, who joins his management team, Maurice coaches the Claregalway secondary school’s senior team, where he’s a teacher. He previously coached at St Louis Community School in Kiltimagh.
Fellow Balla man Ger Flanagan was out of the traps quickly tonight with an online piece for the Mayo News, which provides more detail on the appointment. That’s here.
According to Ger’s piece, the new man’s backroom team comprises former Mayo player Peadar Gardiner, Alan Molloy (Knockmore), Kieran Kilkenny (Davitts) and Corofin native Kieran Murphy.
Covid permitting, this year’s Connacht U20 Championship is set to begin on the weekend of 3/4 April and is due to be played off over three weeks.
Congrats to Maurice and his backroom team and the best of luck to them for the year ahead.