Taking umpires forward

Randall Cocks has been appointed as the River Murray Football League’s (RMFL) Senior Umpires coach for season 2018.

PASSION: Randall Cocks has been named the River Murray Football League's Umpires Coach for season 2018. Photo: Nick Grimm.

PASSION: Randall Cocks has been named the River Murray Football League's Umpires Coach for season 2018. Photo: Nick Grimm.

RMFL President Terry Connolly, congratulated Randall on his appointment and said his experience, passion and enthusiasm made him a terrific fit for the role.

“This is a critical role for our game, as we all know how important it is to have high quality umpires,” Mr Connolly said.

Cocks will be responsible for, but not limited to, establishing a positive learning environment for umpires, developing umpires and improving umpiring performances at all levels, ensuring umpires are accredited, building additional capacity within the umpiring community. 

He will also work on building relationships with other football participants especially community football coaches.

Connolly said Cocks  was an outstanding umpire who had the confidence and trust of players and clubs with his decision-making ability and his skills to communicate and keep control of difficult situations.

His background in coaching football clubs, and his ability to build relationships with people, made him the outstanding candidate to further develop the RMFL umpiring list.

It’s a great challenge to take on the job as Senior Umpires Coach and my primary responsibility will be to continue to develop our list and produce the best umpires.

Randall Cocks

“It’s a great challenge to take on the job as Senior Umpires Coach and my primary responsibility will be to continue to develop our list and produce the best umpires,” Cocks said.

“I’m looking forward to the 2018 season and I will be working closely with clubs to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved in RMFL matches, so that clubs are aware of how umpires will approach games and umpires know what is expected from their performances.”

Kym Schenscher, has been appointed assistant coach as well as fitness coach. 

Schenscher will be responsible for, but not limited to assisting the senior coach run targeted programs for umpires and the implementation of training drills and the motivation of other umpires.

David Mitchell, has been appointed umpire recruitment officer.

Mr Mitchell’s role is aimed at improving recruitment (primarily in schools), and development of young umpires as well as observation duties on match days.