01 December 2020
Billy Hearne Retires
Billy has been part of Waterford FC for 17 years and has worked at every level of the club from Academy to First Team. Billy is a lifelong supporter of the club and is always a regular at the RSC on Friday nights to support the Blues. Billy is also an integral member of DeLaSalle FC where he has done great work for the Williamstown club. Billy has been a long-serving coach with the FAI including the successful Emerging Talent Program which has produced many international-level players.
Since the club’s move from Waterford United to Waterford FC, Billy has shown his excellence in the academy through developing goalkeepers for the 1st team and beyond, while he has also shown his ability to pass on his coaching skills to upcoming coaches within the Academy. His role of head of goalkeeper development has been crucial to the club over the past 4 seasons and all those who have worked with Billy will attest to this. Blues goalkeepers past & present will no doubt have come into contact with Billy over his years at the club. These would include Kevin Burns (current U17 GK Coach), Matt Connor & Paul Martyn.
More recently Billy has also worked as goalkeeping coach with the Under 19 panel under manager Gary Hunt. Speaking on his relationship with Billy, Gary said “Since I joined the club four years ago Billy has shown me how important representing this club has been and how it is much more than just a football club. I have learned many lessons about the game from Billy which has helped me massively in my development as a coach in the game and with the Blues and I am massively thankful for that. We have shared many special moments together but last season’s Under 19’s national triumph will always live long in the memory. It was a year that provided us as a group so much to laugh and learn about that it has created a special bond between the group that is as important as winning any football match. I would like to thank Billy for his service at the club and I am sure this will be echoed by everyone who has had an association with him, be it through football or elsewhere.”
We have no doubt Billy will continue his association with the club he supports at both the first team and academy level which he will continue to advise the young coaches in any way he can.