BRIAN Dorrian has been appointed as the FAI’s new High Performance Director for Donegal.
The newly-created role is part of the FAI’s new structure for grassroots football.
Dorrian was the first team coach and under-19 manager at Sligo Rovers.
The Killybegs native managed Sligo’s first team in a caretaker capacity at the end of the 2018 season.
“Brian has been a dedicated youth coach and a huge asset to the Bit O’ Red during two spells at the club,” Sligo Rovers said.
“At Under-19 level, he has coached, nurtured and mentored countless players who have gone onto play senior football with the club.
“He has played a role in the recruitment of players at youth level since 2017 and served as a coach at first-team level over the last five years.”
Dorrian was the St Catherine’s FC manager when Seamus Coleman, the Republic of Ireland captain, was emerging.
He helped the Emerald Park club to a Donegal League title before taking on a role at Sligo.
The Showgrounds club said: “Brian’s commitment was exemplary given his commute from Killybegs for every session and match at varying levels of his involvement.
“All at Sligo Rovers are very grateful for the role Brian has played in the development of the youth set-up at the Showgrounds.
“He departs with the club very thankful for all of his hard work and dedication to the club, as well as being such a well-liked personality around The Showgrounds every day.”