Former Kumul voted as English Super League coach of the year
FORMER Kumul Adrian Lam was this week voted the English Super League coach of the year by his peers, creating history as the first national to win the award.
He won the award after guiding Wigan to the League Leaders Shield and securing a place in Friday’s grand final (United Kingdom time) against St Helens at KCOM Stadium in Hull.
The former Papua New Guinea and Queensland halfback, who is expected to stay on next season, won more votes from the other Super League head coaches than anyone else.
PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the 50-year-old for creating history by becoming the first national to win the award.
“He is also the first national to guide a side as head coach to a Super League grand final,” he told The National yesterday.
“So that is a remarkable achievement for him, his family and the country.
“Lam has come a long way in his coaching career.
“He served his apprenticeship as an assistant coach under Brad Fittler at the Sydney Roosters, Wayne Bennett at the St George Illawarra Dragons, and Mal Meninga at the Queensland Maroons and Australian Kangaroos.
“Bennett, Meninga and Fittler are some of the best mentors in rugby league so it comes as little surprise that Lam has gone on to make a name for himself as a head coach.
“He has also coached the Kumuls so he is not new to the role as head coach.
“We wish him and his Wigan Warriors well for the grand final.”
Rabaul-born Lam, whose 22-year-old son Lachlan plays for the Roosters, made his debut as Kumul No.163 against France in 1994.
Lam was instrumental in Queensland’s 1995 State of Origin upset over the Blues, scoring a try in the second game and being voted man-of-the-match in game three at Lang Park in Brisbane.