CEO, NEWCASTLE JETS
One of Australia's most highly respected coaches, Scottish-born Lawrie McKinna has been a cornerstone member of the Central Coast Mariners organisation since day one. After hand picking each member of the Central Coast's inaugural twenty man squad and assembling his own team of coaching assistants, McKinna inspired the yellow and navy to an unprecedented four consecutive Grand Final appearances, including the first ever Hyundai A-League showpiece against Sydney FC at Aussie Stadium. The Mariners returned one trophy from their four attempts at silverware – the 2005 Pre-Season Cup, with McKinna's influence on one of the hardest working and exciting to watch lineups of Australia’s new football era evident throughout.
For his season one successes, McKinna was named the Hyundai A-League's Coach of Year, an honour he had received two seasons earlier with former National Soccer League club the Northern Spirit, which makes McKinna one of only five coaches to have received the top coaching award in Australia on two or more occasions. Season three of the Hyundai A-League saw McKinna add the Hyundai A-League Premiers Plate to his trophy cabinet, an addition that qualifies the Central Coast for the 2009 AFC Champions League.