STEPHEN Stack has announced he is stepping down as Austin Stacks boss.
The Listowel native was in charge of the Rockies senior team for four years and brought them their first county championship in 20 years and led them to Munster Club Championship glory in that memorable 2014 season.
During his tenure, the senior team reached 13 competition finals, winning nine of them.
A statement from Chairman of Austin Stacks Chairman, Liam Lynch, issued by the club last night paid tribute to his achievements. It reads…
“The refrain ‘Stephen Stack & the Rockie Boys are on our way to Glory’ has been sung with fervour and ardent belief by all Austin Stacks supporters since the Listowel native darkened our Connolly Park doors in 2013.
The Senior Team’s exploits in the intervening years have cemented what will be an indelible and lifelong link based on friendship and admiration between all Rockies and the man from Fealeside.
Reaching 13 competition finals since he became manager of our senior football team and winning 9 (including county and provincial honours), bears fervent testimony to his coaching, man management and team building capabilities (amongst others).
Such success has provided the club with a very firm bedrock upon which to develop many new facilities and best in class off –the-field structures and all on Rock St will remain forever indebted to Stephen for this.
Imbued with a great leadership abilities, tremendous attention to detail and excellent assessment of people and situations, Stephen has brought tremendous qualities to our club and all players , supporters and administrators have reaped the rewards from working with , listening to and knowing him.
Many people, whether players or managers, flash across the life of a club for a year or two and never stop to understand its ethos or culture.
Stephen is the rare exception who expressed a genuine desire from the very first meeting to get involved, support and truly immerse himself in our club and that is why he will always be part of the Austin Stacks GAA Club’s history & folklore.
Everyone at Austin Stacks GAA Club wish Stephen the very best in everything he does in the future and I , for one, am confident that many teams and businesses , far greater than our own, will benefit from his capabilities in years to come.
The 2017 Austin Stacks Senior Football management team will be put in place in the coming weeks.”