Jim Lenihan

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Jim Lenihan
Personal information
Born (1973-05-16) 16 May 1973 (age 50)
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
PositionCentre, Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1995 Gold Coast Seagulls 6 2 0 0 8
1996–98 St George Dragons 40 9 0 0 36
1999 Huddersfield Giants 21 12 0 0 48
Total 67 23 0 0 92
Source: [1]

Jim Lenihan (born 16 May 1973) is an Australian professional rugby league coach who is the assistant coach for the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL and a former professional rugby league footballer.

A centre or winger, he played for the Gold Coast Seagulls and St George Dragons in the ARL and NRL, and the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. As head coach of the Burleigh Bears, he won two Queensland Cup premierships (2016 and 2019).

Playing career[edit]

Born and raised in Ipswich, Queensland, Lenihan started his career with the Ipswich Jets, playing for the club from 1991 to 1994.[2] In 1995, he joined the Gold Coast Seagulls and made his first grade debut in round 7 of the 1995 ARL season, scoring a try in a 16–28 loss to the Eastern Suburbs.

In 1996, after playing six games for the Gold Coast, he joined St. George. In three seasons with St. George, he played 40 games, scoring nine tries and was a regular in the side during the 1997 and 1998 seasons. Lenihan played in St. George's final game before they formed a joint venture with the Illawarra Steelers to become St. George Illawarra. A semi-final loss to Canterbury-Bankstown at Kogarah Oval.[3][4]

In 1999, he joined the Huddersfield Giants in the Super League. He spent one season at the club, playing 21 games and scoring 12 tries. In 2000, he returned to Australia, joining the Burleigh Bears, playing three seasons at the club.

Coaching career[edit]

From 2004-2005, Lenihan was the assistant coach of the Burleigh Bears' FOGS Colts side.[5]

In 2006, Lenihan was appointed as head coach of the Bears' Queensland Cup side, replacing Rick Stone, who eventually joined the Newcastle Knights as an assistant coach.[6][7] After making three straight Grand Finals under Stone, the Bears missed the finals for four straight seasons under Lenihan, with sixth being their highest finish. He resigned from the club at end of the 2009 season.[8]

In 2011, after a year away from coaching, Lenihan joined the Bilambil Jets, winning the Bycroft Cup in his first season at the club.[7] In December 2013, he rejoined Burleigh as an assistant coach after three seasons with Bilambil.[9]

In May 2014, Lenihan became head coach of the Bears for the second time, replacing Carl Briggs.[10] In 2016, the Bears won the Queensland Cup Grand Final, defeating the Redcliffe Dolphins 26–16 at Suncorp Stadium.[11] In 2019, Lenihan won his second Queensland Cup Grand Final with the Bears, defeating the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 28–10 at Dolphin Stadium.[12]

On 8 October 2019, he joined the Gold Coast Titans as an assistant coach on a three-year deal.[13]


  1. ^ "Jim Lenihan - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  2. ^ Lems, David. "Jimmy and his Bears bite Jets". Queensland Times.
  3. ^ "St George Dragons 12 lost to Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 20". www.rugbyleagueproject.org.
  4. ^ "Disgruntled Dragons fans the game's biggest 'crisis merchants'". www.nrl.com.
  5. ^ "Retired Bear in to Jets". Tweed Daily News.
  6. ^ "Rick Stone appointed Head Coach". Newcastle Knights. 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Burleigh coach Lenihan lets go of past pain". National Rugby League. 26 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Jets coach could lose his job". Queensland Times.
  9. ^ "Sattler and Lenihan join Bears' den". Queensland Rugby League. 11 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Bears announce coaching change". Queensland Rugby League. 9 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Bears break title drought in grand style". www.dailytelegraph.com.au. 25 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Burleigh claim Intrust Super Cup Premiership". Gold Coast Titans. 29 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Premiership-winning coach joins Titans as NRL Assistant Coach". Gold Coast Titans. 8 October 2019.