Halliman calls for XLCR patience

July 24, 2019
Excelsior High School technical director Leebert Halliman, (in yellow), looks on during one of his team’s matches in the Yellow and Green Ali Cole Cup at the Courtney Walsh Oval at Excelsior on Saturday. Gladstone Taylor/Multimedia Photo Editor
Excelsior High School technical director Leebert Halliman, (in yellow), looks on during one of his team’s matches in the Yellow and Green Ali Cole Cup at the Courtney Walsh Oval at Excelsior on Saturday. Gladstone Taylor/Multimedia Photo Editor

Recently appointed Excelsior High School technical director, Leebert Halliman, says although expectations are high for the upcoming ISSA Schoolboy football season, he will need time to rebuild the programme and get the Mountain View Avenue-based school back to the pinnacle of schoolboy football.

Halliman, whose return was announced last week, said everyone wants results, but the first order of business is to address the discipline in the school and he hopes that will have a ripple effect on their performance and results. However, he says he will need two to three years to set the foundation for success, although he promises an improvement from last season.

"Excelsior is an institution of high standards," he said. "Expectations are high but everything is about time. Everybody wants result, but we will need time. The result that we need first is to get the discipline and academics back on track. I am sure if the discipline of the players improve, their approach will change.

"The last three four years that I wasn't in charge, the record spoke for itself. They changed three coaches in the last four years, so that means something must be wrong. So they said I must come back as the technical director in charge of the whole programme, Colts, Manning and (Under-14), and I should appoint (whomever) I need to work with me. But I am really not going to make any changes. I am going to work with those people and after a year we will review," he said.

Halliman has worked with Excelsior twice before leading them to the Olivier Shield, Manning, and Walker Cup titles. He also won the Manning Cup with St Andrew Technical and has worked with other schools such as Hydel, Wolmer's and Kingston Technical.

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