Maurice Tillotson: Profile.

Maurice Tillotson – Profile.

Maurice gained school football honours in his local area of Keighley and after trials at Leeds United and Huddersfield Town, he signed as a full-time professional with Huddersfield, at the age of seventeen.

He represented Yorkshire at youth level and trialled for the England Youth team.   He also played in the English Football League with Stockport County, and had a short spell with Toronto FC in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.

Maurice made more than one hundred appearances for Royal Antwerp FC of Belgium and featured in several European Cup games for that club.

In New Zealand he played three seasons for Gisborne City FC in the National League, where he gained National team selection and was voted NZ Player of the year in 1973.

He was appointed Player/Coach of National League team Stop Out FC where he gained further NZ International appearances.   Maurice also captained the Wellington Representative team for games against overseas opponents.

Having retired from playing, he spent three years at Manurewa AFC as Head Coach where he guided the club to a National League winners’ title and also a Chatham Cup winners’ trophy.   He was named Auckland Coach of the year 1983.

In Women’s Football, he coached Lynn Avon FC to three successive League Titles and the NZ National Cup was also won.

Maurice has been a member of the NZ National Coaching Scheme since 1971 and has directed numerous Coaching Clinics for Child and Youth Development.   He has been deeply involved in Coach Education at all levels.

He has held positions with the NZ National Football Association which include National Team Coach for Junior, Youth and Women’s Squads and Development Officer for Federations 1 and 4.

Maurice worked in the role of Technical Director for the Cook Islands FA for a period of four years.

He holds Coaching qualifications from England, NZ, Oceania and Brazil.

Maurice has gained Counselling and Psychology qualifications and also holds a Human Sciences Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma from Auckland University.

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