Dante Leverock returns ‘home’ to Dandy Town after joining coaching team
Danté Leverock has made a swift return to coaching after sealing an emotional return “home” to Dandy Town.
After enduing a frustrating time in charge of Robin Hood when the club were forced to forfeit two successive matches, the Bermuda captain stepped down from his role a little more than a week ago stating that he felt he was left with no other option but to do so.
However, the 30-year-old has wasted no time in stepping back into the fold after agreeing take up a skills coaching role with Town, which marks a return to the club where his career started out as a youth player.
“I’ve always said the only place other than Robin Hood that I would go to is Dandy Town,” said Leverock, who reflected on his affinity with the club as a whole, both on and off the field.
“I’ve got history with the club and community and it’s somewhere I’ve always said I’d love to use my experience to really help out the club as a whole. I’ve already got ideas of how to help the structure of the club and also within the community itself.
“I always said I’d definitely be interested in being part of the set-up, it is a club I thought I would end up at for sure.”
Leverock, who is now studying for his Uefa B coaching licence, Scouting Licence level B and his sporting director certification after completing his Bermuda B Talent ID, previously spoke of the difficult situation at Hood not being conducive to his career trajectory.
But that should not prove to be an issue with his new club as Leverock is relishing the opportunity to work within a more established coaching line-up.
“Dandy Town have a really good, and big, coaching team, something I unfortunately lacked at Robin Hood,” Leverock said. I’m trying to do my coaching certificates and the environment at the club just wasn’t the right place to do what I needed.
“Now I am in an environment where you can feed off one another, share ideas and really progress as a coach.”
Reflecting on his appointment, Town president Devarr Boyles revealed the timing was finally right for Leverock to return home and take up a position within the club’s coaching structure.
“Danté’s return to his home club will begin with a skills coach position initially and then we see how we progress together,” he said.
“We’ve been speaking for a little while with Dante about what he wants to do in a coaching capacity and how he wants to progress in that career. He wanted an opportunity to coach and we can offer him a role that is conducive to what he wants to do. It was just a case of finding a way in which he would fit into our structure.”
Boyles revealed the role will see Leverock further develop on the work he was doing within his own existing company, DaRock Elite Performance academy, which offers a tailored service to individuals as well as taking training sessions.
After a professional playing career overseas in countries such as the United States, Ireland, England, Poland and Estonia, Leverock has the perfect skill set to fit the profile of what the club had been looking for according to Boyles.
“He has his own company that focuses on individual training and we had a gap that needed someone with that particular skill set,” Boyles said.
“We previously had an agreement where Danté was using certain sites and equipment and this role now legitimises that agreement. There was no one really about that had the skills, experience or passion to fill that role but then Danté became available. We had talks on how he could fit in and he just suits that role.”