Hervey Bay Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen addresses teammates after their 32-18 preliminary final win over Wests Panthers at Bundaberg's Salter Oval. Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Hervey Bay Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen addresses teammates after their 32-18 preliminary final win over Wests Panthers at Bundaberg's Salter Oval. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

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.

Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen and captain Clinton Horne with the shield. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Hervey Bay Seagulls v The Waves Tigers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen and captain Clinton Horne with the shield. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Hervey Bay Seagulls v The Waves Tigers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

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.

Segaulls Dave Yarrow and Tye Ingebrigtsen. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers. Bundaberg Rugby League major semi final at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Segaulls Dave Yarrow and Tye Ingebrigtsen. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers. Bundaberg Rugby League major semi final at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

"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.”

Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen revs his side up at half time. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Past Brothers. Bundaberg Rugby League. Photo taken August 2, 2015. Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen revs his side up at half time. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Past Brothers. Bundaberg Rugby League. Photo taken August 2, 2015. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

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.

Hervey Bay Seagulls Rugby League - preseason training - Tye Ingebrigtsen.
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Hervey Bay Seagulls Rugby League - preseason training - Tye Ingebrigtsen. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle Valerie Horton

"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.”

Injured Seagulls centre Nathan Martyn, manager David Yarrow and coach Tye Ingebrigtsen. Bundaberg Rugby League. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers at Hervey Bay's Stafford Park. Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Injured Seagulls centre Nathan Martyn, manager David Yarrow and coach Tye Ingebrigtsen. Bundaberg Rugby League. Hervey Bay Seagulls v Wests Panthers at Hervey Bay's Stafford Park. Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

Ingebrigtsen follows dad Craig into an Intrust Super Cup coaching role. Craig has coached Sunshine Coast Falcons into another finals campaign this season.



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