Meet the NYC Coaches
Sunday 2 December 2012 6:56 PM
Anthony Seibold - Under 20s Head Coach
Appointed position: 2012
Previous appointments: Mackay Cutters Head Coach, 2011-2012
Queensland U16 Head Coach, 2012
Head of Football, Wales Rugby League
Assistant Coach and Head of Performance, Celtic Crusaders
Playing career: Brisbane Broncos, 92-95, St Esteve (France), 96, Canberra Raiders, 97-98, London Broncos, 99-00, Hull Kingston Rovers, 03-04.
Anthony joins Melbourne Storm in 2013 in the role of head coach of the club’s Under 20s side. Anthony will be working closely with his assistant, Marc Brentnall and the whole Under 20s operation to continue to develop the club’s young talent and prepare them for first grade football.
Anthony arrives at Melbourne with a vast array of coaching experience over a number of years. Most recently, Anthony worked with the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup as head coach during 2011 and 2012. In addition, last season Anthony also coached the Queensland U16 side that took on NSW in a curtain raiser to Origin I at Etihad Stadium.
Previously, Seibold gained coaching experience overseas working in Wales for a number of years. He headed the football department of Wales Rugby League before becoming assistant coach and head of performance with the Welsh based Celtic Crusaders in the English Super League.
Like his coaching career, Seibold experienced rugby league both in Australia and overseas as a player. In the NRL, the former prop spent time with Brisbane and Canberra and also enjoyed time overseas with St Esteve in France as well as with the London Broncos and Hull Kingston Rovers in England.
Seibold believes the experience he has gained both in Australia and abroad will hold him in good stead for his role in 2013.
“I think it’s important that I have had a number of experiences, both overseas and in the Queensland Cup,”said Seibold.
“It has been predominantly coaching men but I am from a teaching and lecturing background so I have had plenty to do with young players.
“I coached the Queensland Under 16s last year, so I’m not too overawed by coaching young blokes.”
Seibold said the focus for his team was to continue to develop young talent and is confident in the set up at Melbourne Storm.
“It’s obviously a really professional club, the work ethic, attention to detail and respect around the place is there for all to see,” said Seibold.
“There’s a lot of new guys to Under 20s so we have just got to take it step by step, but there is some good quality in there and hopefully we can keep improving those boys.
“Certainly the main process for us is to improve the playing group and develop those three to four players who we think can potentially play NRL in the future.”
Marc Brentnall - Under 20s Assistant Coach and Operations Manager
Appointed position: 2012
Previous appointments: Coach at Wavell State High School
2012 Assistant Coach, Brisbane Norths (Qld Cup)
Playing career: Melbourne Storm contract, 2002-2007
Brisbane Norths, (Qld Cup)
Marc Brentnall joins Melbourne Storm in 2013 as the club’s Under 20s Operations Manager and Assistant Coach. Marc will be working closely in 2013 with newly appointed Head Coach Anthony Seibold to nurture and develop the next generation of Melbourne Storm talent.
As well as assisting Seibold with day-to-day coaching throughout the season, Marc will undertake the role of Under 20s Operations Manager in 2013. As Operations Manager, Marc will be required to coordinate the squad’s diverse schedule with many players juggling work and study commitments whilst playing football.
Raised in Victoria, Marc completed his secondary education at St Kevin’s College in Melbourne whilst playing junior rugby league in a statewide competition run by the VRL.
As a player, Brentnall earned a contract with the Melbourne Storm in 2002 and was with the club until 2007. During this time Marc completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement, graduating from the University of Queensland.
During his time with Melbourne, Brentnall played 107 games for the club’s then feeder team in the Queensland Cup, Brisbane Norths.
Brentnall has had plenty of experience coaching young talent. He has coached at Wavell State High School, which has been a breeding ground for NRL and NYC talent in recent years. Last season, Marc was an assistant coach with Brisbane Norths in the Queensland Cup.
Marc is the son of Greg Brentnall who has worked with Storm and been heavily involved in the development and pathways for young Victorian players since the club’s inception.
Reflecting on his previous stint, in a playing capacity with Melbourne, Brentnall can see advancements that have been made since his time with the club.
“I still haven’t been to a game at AAMI Park yet, but seeing the training facilities, they are first class. It’s a lot different.”
The former Brisbane Norths assistant is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead with his new role.
“Our role has been laid down pretty clearly, we’re here to develop players to be ready for first grade, so that’s our goal,” said Brentnall.
“We need to make sure that everyone is on top of all of the qualities the coaches are looking for in a first grade player.
“We have got a really good group here at the moment, a lot of young guys, there is a fair number of the squad who have just finished school. There is a bit of work to do but you can definitely see there is a lot of talent in the group.”