Taking on the Bears Knock On Effect NSW Cup Assistant Coach role for the 2024 season is the well-experienced Andy Alashooty. Working alongside Head Coach Pat Weisner, Alashooty has hit the ground running with 5 weeks of preseason now under his belt. “It feels like I’ve been here for years already. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms and I’m really enjoying it” commented Alashooty. Having worked with player pathway programs at the Parramatta Eels, Manly Sea Eagles and more locally with the Asquith Magpies, Alashooty is well versed in representative rugby league. At Manly he was part of the pathways coaching group that produced the most successful period of junior representative footy for the Sea Eagles with the teams he was involved with making or winning junior rep grand finals in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. “It’s personally very satisfying to contribute to the development of a player, both on and off the field and I take great pride in seeing many players I worked with now in the NRL” said Alashooty.
When asked what drew Alashooty to the club, he stated “The North Sydney Bears are a great club with a proud history so to be offered the opportunity to join the Bears and work with current and fringe NRL players was too good to refuse. The partnership with Melbourne Storm is also very appealing and I know that it will be of great benefit to myself as a coach and all our players.”. Alashooty will be focusing on defense and tackle tech, while Weisner will oversee attack and opposition analysis.
“It’s easy to see why the Bears had a successful 2023 season.” commented Alashooty. He went on to say, “I’m enjoying the professionalism and intensity of NSW Cup pre-season training and working alongside experienced staff that drive the high standards of the playing group.”. The 2024 KOE NSW Cup squad has been specifically curated by Weisner and is showing great depth across all field positions. Off the field, our Cup staff have also seen some changes with new Strength & Conditioning Coach Liam Quinn putting the boys through their paces to ensure they are the fittest team in the comp, while Assistant Coach and Analyst Joel Scrivener is backing the groups decisions with data driven training. “I’ve been welcomed by everyone with open arms (despite me coming from the Sea Eagles). I love footy and I am privileged to be involved with the Bears and be able to do what I love.” said Alashooty.