BAY Stars have appointed a new coach to help gain promotion to the National First Division (NFD).
Stars managing director Tony Lovegrove introduced Mark Harrison to the players as their head coach during the team’s first awards ceremony at the NMMU south campus this week.
The Port Elizabeth semi-professional team was officially launched last year under the supervision of then coach Graham Harrison and competed in the Vodacom League for the first time, finishing third.
When the team was launched the management set themselves a goal of reaching the PSL by 2014.
Lovegrove said the team was determined to make strides and hence employed a new head coach to steer the ship in the right direction.
He said Mark Harrison had represented English sides Stoke, Southampton and Port Vale. He also worked with South African side Mpumalanga Black Aces as well as other outfits.
"We want to grow the team for the benefit of the people and the community of the metro. The new head coach has promised to take us to the PSL level in 2014/15 season. We are doing everything possible to ensure that we play in the National First Division after this coming season.”
Lovegrove said Graham Harrison would remain part of the team but would be appointed to another portfolio.
"I must make this clear to everyone, no one has been dismissed from the team but we’ve decided to make a few adjustments with the technical team.”
Lovegrove also announced that the club would establish an academy that would serve as a feeder team for the Bay Stars in an effort to build on the excellent success last season.
Harrison said he had accepted the position after watching a few Stars games
"I’m here to take the team to the National First Division and the PSL, and I believe the team has what it takes to go all the way to the Premiership. I want to bring the same determination I had as a player.”
He said Stars were an ambitious team led by people who were very clear about what they want in the football business.