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Far beyond just silverware or short-term success, Yeppoon-based Capricorn Coast FC have been the considerable beneficiaries of long-serving coach Shaun Janes’ commitment to individual and collective development.
Janes is this year entering his 12th season in charge of the club’s CQ Premier League team having originally joined in 2004.
After establishing his coaching credentials with Rockhampton outfit Nerimbera FC, the former defender pursued a move closer to home to lead a promising but inconsistent Capricorn Coast side.
His subsequent spell of over a decade as head coach has proven to be a richly rewarding experience beyond pure football matters.
“When I first came here there were 16-year-old boys with skills that I was never taught when I was a young fella and two of those players are actually still playing with me now in the first division,” Janes said.
“To see them come along, progress and become not only dominant players in the first division but also they’re married, they’re expecting children.
“To see that, not only through their soccer life but their normal life is rewarding as well.”
When Janes originally agreed to join Capricorn Coast it was on the stipulation the team would not follow through on a proposed drop to the second division.
That decision has been vindicated in the form of Wesley Hall Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2010, with Janes – who played until his mid-40s – indicating his involvement in football will extend for some time yet.
“Since 2010 we’ve been consistently around the Semi-Finals. Through that period the club has grown up into a substantial club in this area and I’d like to see that continue,” he explained.
“There will be a day where I need to probably step away and maybe just concentrate on the committee but I can’t see that day just yet.
“It’s thoroughly rewarding to be involved with a group who are committed to a cause and want to be there. If you have that you are going to get some success somewhere along the line.”
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