Highly experienced and as dedicated as ever, Darrell Olive joined the Eagles late in 2015 and comes in as our junior coaching coordinator.
Born in Kogarah New South Wales in 1950, Darrell moved to the Gold Coast in 1978 where he trained with Gold Coast United before signing with Twin Towns on the advice of a persistent Peter Donnelly.
In 2017, Darrell enters his 55th consecutive year as a player or coach, starting in 1962 with the Caringbah Rangers under 12’s in Sydney.
The rest of Darrell’s career is a story of years of dedication, hard work and sacrifice to the game he loves – you won’t find a more passionate and involved coach.
Always ready to coach teams that desperately needed a coach, Darrell would put up his hand and take the challenge, selflessly putting his love of football above all else.
Darrell was always of the opinion that he was fortunate for what the game has given him, truly humble indeed.
His football history reads as follows.
1962-64 Caringbah Rangers (U12-14)
1965 Nth Caringbah Redbacks
1966 Sydney Prague U/16 + Coach of nursery team
1967 St.George U/18 + Coach U/10
1968 North Caringbah Seniors Premiers +Grand Final Winner and played in Sutherland Shire Reps and Coached U/10
1969 Cronulla Seagulls Premiers and Grand Final Winners + Sutherland Shire Senior reps
1970 Nth Caringbah + Coach U/6
1971 Nth Caringbah + Coach U/7
1972 West Sutherland + Coach U/8
1973-77 Cronulla Seagulls + coach U/10, U/11, U/12, U/13. George Gailbrath Coach in 1975 and Darrell toured the Gold Coast with his Cronulla U12 team. Ex-Gold Coast Federation President (Peter Gray) at Cronulla in 1977.
1978 Darrell moves to the Coast and plays with Twin Towns in Brisbane 4th Division.
1979-80 Twin Towns + Coach U/ 8, U/10
1981-82 Palm Beach + Coach U/15. From 1980-82 Darrell represents Gold Coast in Ampol Cup.
1983 Twin Towns with Dennis Dodd, Ray Wixy and George Lees
1984-1985 Palm Beach back to back Grand Final Winner + Golden Oldies America.
1986-87 Kingscliff Player Coach, winning best and fairest in 1987 plus Coached U/12. Played alongside legendary World Cup winner Bobby Moore in Golden Oldies tournament at Carrara Stadium.
1988 Tumbulgum Rangers Player Coach. Winning promotion after cleaning up 5 out of 6 trophies on offer in the 2nd Div.
1989 Murwillumbah Wanderers Player Coach
1990 Beaudesert Player / Coach Winning Promotion after winning the Treble in the 2nd Division
1991-93 Palm Beach + Golden Oldies in Sydney and Won Barbarians F.A Cup
1994 Tugun Player Coach + U/12 (coaching Eddie Lee’s daughter)
1995 Tweed Heads 1st Team manager + Colts Player Coach
1996-1998 Golden Oldies (2 Masters tournaments)
1999 Kingscliff (Tyalgum) Tweed Comp Grand Finalist
2000 Kingscliff (Tyalgum) Player Coach + U/12 G.F Winners.
2001 Palm Beach U/15 and U/11
2002- 2005 Golden Oldies + Palm Beach
2006 Ass Coach Gold Coast U/13 State Championships
2007 Burleigh Heads U/11 Boys+ U/17 Girls both Grand Finalists
2008 Fast Feet S.A.Q
2009 Canungra U/17 Girls G/F Winners+ U/10 + in the same year coached Special needs group of players with aspergers + Rathdowney U/14
2010 Canungra Women’s Coach+ U/12 +Rathdowney Women. First Title in the history of the club for Rathdowney women.
2012 Palm Beach U/13 Grand Final Winner
2013 Burleigh Heads Girls U/12
2014 Burleigh Heads Girls U/13
2015 Burleigh Heads JPL Boys U/13
2016 – current Nerang Soccer Club and Academy of Football Australia
Acknowledgement to Football Gold Coast for the history above.