Former Dublin senior hurler Declan Qualter is set to be named as the new Laois minor hurling manager in the coming days.
The former St Vincent’s club man, who is originally from Galway, hurled at senior level for Dublin in the late 2000s, transferred to Laois in 2014 where he joined Park-Ratheniska.
He was part of their team that reached the intermediate final that year and subsequently lost out to Borris-Kilcotton.
A former teacher in Portlaoise College, Qualter is set to replace Clough-Ballacolla’s Liam Dunne who stepped down last year after taking that group of players from U-13 to U-17.
Living in Abbeyleix, Qualter has been actively involved at county level in Laois in recent years – coaching a number of different underage squads.
And in a real coup, former Waterford manager Derek McGrath will remain in his role as a coach.
McGrath joined the Laois minor hurlers in 2020 as part of Liam Dunne’s backroom team and it is believed that he will continue.
While the rest of Qualter’s backroom team is to be made up of Tadhg Doran, Damien Carter, Tomas Hassett and Tom Brennan.
Doran is a multiple championship winning goalkeeper with Camross and is also an employee of Leinster GAA.
Damien Carter hurls for Ballinakill and plays football for O’Dempsey’s – and has become very well known in Laois GAA circles recently as the lead commentator with Laois TV.
The three of those are part of the coaching team while Tomas Hassett will act as Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is a PE Teacher at Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons.
Clough-Ballacolla native Tom Brennan will fill the role of Management Support.
The Ballacolla native is involved with Trivium Vet and Q1 Scientific – two companies which sponsor one of the pitches in the Centre of Excellence.