Danté Leverock looking to bounce back from tough baptism
Coaching is something Danté Leverock always wanted to do after hanging up his boots.
So when the opportunity arose to take over the helm of Premier Division outfit Robin Hood from John Barry Nusum on an interim basis, the former Bermuda captain and professional player grasped it with both hands.
“It just came out of the blue and that’s how opportunities arise,” Leverock told The Royal Gazette. “We were talking for the past couple of weeks because JB has some family issues and I had to see if I could commit to it, which I’m happy to do so. It’s until the end of the season and we will see how that goes.
“It’s not been a big transition. Obviously working with my company [DaRock Elite Performance] for the past year, and when I was playing professionally, I always worked with the academy team because when I finished I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
The interim coaching commitment at Hood is a stepping stone towards Leverock’s ultimate goal of coaching in a professional environment.
“I have started my coaching journey and I plan to take this very seriously and push it as far as I can,” he added.
“I am aiming for my pro licence, which seems impossible, but that’s what I am working towards.
“I want to work in football full time and this is a big stepping stone for me as I plan to get my badges and then go abroad. I want to go to a pro academy or whatever it may be.”
Leverock endured a baptism of fire at the helm as Hood suffered a crushing 5-0 defeat away to PHC Zebras in their season opener.
Marco Warren’s 37th-minute penalty ultimately proved to be the winner.
“First half was decent but the penalty changed the game, I feel,” said Leverock, who played in the match. “Whether it was or not doesn’t matter.”
The 29-year-old will certainly be looking for better results when Hood host Southampton Rangers in the league tonight at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm.
Today’s other scheduled Premier Division match between Somerset Trojans and Dandy Town at Somerset Cricket Club has been postponed in the wake of the death of Town player Jahtino Richardson-Martin.
The match has been rescheduled for November 14 at Goose Gosling Field.
Tomorrow’s remaining top-flight match-ups see Somerset Eagles hosting PHC at White Hill Field, North Village at home to X-Roads at Bernard Park, while St George’s welcome Devonshire Cougars to Wellington Oval. All matches begin at 3pm.
This weekend’s round of First Division will kick off today with Wolves hosting Ireland Rangers at Wellington Oval at 3pm.
Tomorrow, Vasco host Young Men’s Social Club at Bernard Park, Hamilton Parish face Paget at Wellington Oval and St David’s do battle with Boulevard at Lords. All matches begin at 12:30pm.
Meanwhile, the Bermuda Football Association held the preliminary round draw for the FA Cup yesterday.
Boulevard will face Corona League side Footy Kings at Goose Gosling Field on November 13.
The remaining preliminary round matches will take place on November 14 with Vasco facing Wolves at Southampton Oval and Young Men’s Social Club taking on Hamilton Parish at Police Field.
St George’s and BAA are both through the first round, having received byes.