Former Seagulls coach lands Intrust Super Cup gig
PREMIERSHIP-winning Hervey Bay Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen will slot into the ranks of a Queensland Rugby League powerhouse from 2018.
Ingebrigtsen, who coached the Seagulls to their first premiership since 2001 last year, moved to Cairns at the end of 2016 to further his coaching career.
He led Cairns District Rugby League minnow Mareeba into a force: the Gladiators went from winning just three games in 2016 to a major semi-final.
The 26-year-old was named head coach of the Northern Pride's under-18s, who play in the Mal Meninga Cup.
He will then work as one of Intrust Super Cup coach Ty Williams's assistants for the remained of the 2018 campaign.
"I'm really, really excited,” Ingebrigtsen said. "I can't wait to get amongst it.
"It was always in the back of my mind to be successful and earn a position like it. It's reward for working this year and is a great opportunity for me.”
While Ingebrigtsen, who recorded his 50th career win as coach earlier this season and boasts an 80-plus win rate, has moved north, he will always be a Seagull.
His two-year stint at Hervey Bay was his first coaching gig, and he still implements the lessons he learned at the Fraser Coast.
"I took a lot of experience out of my time there,” he said. "Stuff like the academy and development squad.
"I set up a similar squad and approach at Mareeba and we're playing for a spot in the grand final this week.”
Ingebrigtsen follows dad Craig into an Intrust Super Cup coaching role. Craig has coached Sunshine Coast Falcons into another finals campaign this season.