Former Kildare netminder Shane McCormack has been ratified as they new Armagh LGFA manager for the upcoming season. McCormack takes over from the outgoing Ronan Murphy, who stepped down from the role a few weeks ago.
The Allenwood native was part of Murphy’s backroom team over the last two seasons in a coaching capacity. McCormack inherits a hugely successful side that claimed a historic three-in-a-row of Ulster Championship titles during Murphy’s reign.
The first objective for McCormack will be to lead the Armagh ladies to Division One football as they just missed out on promotion this season, having reached the Division Two final but Kerry proved a step too far.
It was the Kingdom who eventually ended their season when the sides clashed in the All-Ireland quarter final, while Meath beat Armagh at the same juncture the year before. In 2020, Armagh reached the last four but were defeated by Dublin.
McCormack will have to do so without the services of Blaithin Mackin, who has since moved to Australia after signing and AFLW contract with Melbourne.
McCormack played under Armagh legend Kieran McGeeney during his tenure with the Lilywhites and was between the sticks when Kildare reached the All-Ireland semi-final in 2011, losing to Down by one points.
Former Armagh goalkeeper Denise Jordan is also part of the ticket as a goalkeeping coach/selector while Joe Feeney will also take up a coaching role. Feeney guided Armagh Harps to back-to-back senior championship titles and was in charge of Ballyhegan this season.