We are delighted to announce Keith O’Hara has been appointed as our new Scholarship Head Coach.
This is an exciting position which has just been created within the club’s scholarship programme, which launched in the summer of 2020.
In his new role, Keith will manage the planning and delivery of all coaching elements required as part of our full-time scholarship programme – a key area of the club’s football structure.
In addition to this, Keith will also be responsible for co-ordinating the management of both our under-18 and under-20 NIFL development squads throughout the season.
As a former title winner with Portadown, Keith is no stranger to Irish League circles and he is delighted to take up the role, admitting he has been taken aback by the feelgood factor at Inver Park.
“I came through the ranks at Portadown when I was around 17-years-old, so I’ve been through that development phase of coming into a team which was challenging toward the top end of the Premiership,” he said.
“It is a real pleasure to be associated with Larne and I can see just how much of a buzz there is about Larne and all that is going on with the football club.
“I have described it to others as like being on a crest of a wave and the wave just keeps getting higher and higher at Inver Park.
“The matches I’ve been to have had fantastic atmosphere, both at the end of last season and in these European games. The young players who are on the Scholarship can’t help but be inspired by all that the first team and the club in general is doing.
“In a day to day sense, I’ll be running the planning of all the coaching sessions of that the Scholars will be involved in, for both the first and second year group.
“Larne have a identity of how they want to play and that takes buy in from the coaches and players and I have seen that first hand in my time so far.
“There are a number of players who I feel can be knocking on the door of even more regular involvement with the first team, so there are exciting times ahead.”
Keep an eye on our social media platforms for a full video interview with Keith.