New hurdle for Herdle
FORMER Queensland State League coach Karl Herdle will come out of retirement to revitalise Across The Waves in the coming Toyota Premier League season.
The German expatriate will draw upon an impressive playing and coaching career which has spanned more than 30 years.
Herdle said he planned to create a winning culture at Across The Waves and take it back to the halcyon days of competition in the former Queensland State League.
"I think Across The Waves should be leading the agenda out here. It should be a club others try to emulate," he said.
"Every town needs a frontrunner, a leader that others can aspire to."
Herdle said Across The Waves football Club had earned an esteemed reputation in Queensland football circles because of its commitment to the game and success in the former state league competition.
"Across The Waves have always had a good reputation in football circles," he said.
"I'm excited and proud to have been asked to be a part of it."
Herdle emigrated from Germany in 1977 and secured tenures with Southside in the Brisbane competition and later Brisbane City in the former state league competition.
He served as the coach of Mareeba United in the former state league competition and then coached Twin Towns in the northern New South Wales competition when the state league folded.
He coached Palm Beach to the top of the Brisbane League in a four-year appointment from 2001-04.
Herdle said he was looking forward to coaching after a two-year break.
He and his wife Carol moved to Burnett Heads four months ago.
"I'm absolutely itching to get back out there," he said.
"It's going to be something a bit different and a new challenge for me."
Across The Waves Football president Michael McLachlan said the club was excited to have recruited the services of Herdle.
"We're really happy to have him on board," he said.
"He's got a wealth of knowledge about the game and has coached across many competitions."
Across The Waves will stage its first training session for 2012 at ATW Sports Complex 6.30 tonight.