The University of Canberra Brumbies have confirmed Dan McKellar as the club’s Defence and Skills Coach for the next two seasons.
McKellar comes to the UC Brumbies after a successful stint with NTT Docomo in the Japanese Top League where he has been the Defence Coach.
Prior to his stint in Japan, McKellar was responsible for establishing the bulk of the Tuggeranong Vikings squad which has lost only three games since 2011. His last year in Canberra’s John I Dent Cup was 2012 when the Vikings lost just one game on their way to the title.
McKellar said he was pleased to be back working and living in the Australian capital.
“It’s a pleasure to be back in Canberra working under Laurie and Stephen. I thoroughly enjoyed my last stay here with the Vikings so to be back in the ACT with this opportunity is exciting for myself and my family,” McKellar said.
“For me personally the Brumbies job was a fantastic opportunity to move back to Australia and have a crack at what is arguably the best provincial rugby competition in the world.
“I followed the Brumbies pretty closely in 2013 and it was fantastic to see them go so close to the championship. To go one step further this year is a challenge, but I’m confident that I can add to the dynamic of the club and I’m looking forward to sharing more success throughout 2014.”
Like McKellar, UC Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher was pleased to announce the arrival of his new Defence and Skills Coach on Saturday morning.
“We are really looking forward to Dan joining the Brumbies coaching staff,” Fisher said.
“In his two years at Tuggeranong Vikings he won two Grand Finals and his teams played skilful, hard-nosed and exciting brand of rugby.
“Dan will add significantly to our program.”
McKellar will travel from Japan to Canberra on Saturday and commence his UC Brumbies tenure on Monday.