Darren Coleman, Head Coach

The Giltinis’ head coach is a proven team builder with recent Shute Shield premierships in Australia to prove it at the Warringah (2017) and Gordon (2020) clubs. Both were drought-breaking championships that required the building of a tight team culture and winning attitude which are traits he is now creating in Los Angeles. 

Moulding the diverse talents, personalities and on-field skills of players from eight countries is a challenge he thrives on. 

Coleman’s background is to nourish a club from top to bottom so getting the most from young development players is as important as drawing strong performances from his stars. 

Making a mark with the Giltinis in Major League Rugby perfectly suits Coleman’s experience as a coach for more than 20 years at club and professional level in both Australia and overseas. 

He has coached in Australia, Italy, Canada and Japan in his career journey before taking on his first MLR assignment. 

His teams playing attacking rugby. As a five-eighth during his own playing days, he is acutely aware of the direction that the Giltinis need from strong playmakers. 

Coleman grew up in Kempsey, a coastal country town in Australia. 

He played in the top-tier Sydney club competition (1995-2000) but was drawn early to coaching.  

He was head coach of the NSW Waratahs Academy (1998) and ACT Brumbies Academy (2009) which fed players to those professional franchises. 

Coleman was skills coach for the NSW Waratahs (2000) before embarking on player-coach roles with Italian club Benevento and the Calgary Saints and Calgary Mavericks in Canada. 

His CV also includes coaching Italian professional club L’Aquila and Japan’s Toyota Industries Shuttles and four head coaching roles at clubs in Sydney with Penrith, Northern Suburbs, Warringah and Gordon.  

Coaching the NSW Country Eagles (2014-18) included a run to the final of the National Rugby Championship in 2016. 

Position Head Coach
Age 48
Hometown South West Rocks, Australia
Professional Teams NSW Waratahs (Australia), L’Aquila (Italy), Toyota Industries Shuttles (Japan)