Central Coast Mariners have appointed former Western Sydney Wanderers and South Sydney Rabbitohs gun, Shaun Mielekamp, as the club's new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.
Mielekamp, who lives on the Central Coast, replaces Bruce Stalder who joined the Mariners just under 18 months ago after nine seasons with the Brisbane Roar.
The Mariners have suffered a poor season on the pitch – finishing eighth – and continue to struggle for sustainability off it, with Mielekamp’s main aim to build the club’s commercial and sponsorship network.
Mielekamp is credited with a key role in the resurgence of rugby league outfit South Sydney as well as enjoying a successful stint Penrith Panthers. He served as Wanderers General Manager of Commercial and Consumer Business.
Executive Vice Chairman, Peter Storrie said Mielekamp would prove to be one of the club’s most successful transfers for the upcoming season.
“I am delighted that Shaun has joined us, who we identified as the person that the Mariners needed to expand our commercial and sponsorship network,” Storrie said.
“Shaun’s appointment has now given us one of the strongest executive teams in the Hyundai A-League, that works as one with our supporters and commercial clients that will give the club sustainability on the coast, along with entertaining, free flowing, attacking football.
“Shaun who lives in the Central Coast has a strong back ground in sport that he will bring to the club, as his record with the Wanderers shows.”
“Shaun’s appointment has now given us one of the strongest executive teams in the Hyundai A-League, that works as one with our supporters and commercial clients that will give the club sustainability on the coast, along with entertaining, free flowing, attacking football.”
Central Coast Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth stamped his support on the appointment of Mielekamp: “Shaun's record working in commercial positions for Souths, Panthers and most recently the Wanderers is second to none and this experience will help the Mariners create a sustainable and stable model that will be the backbone of the club for many years.
“The fact that Shaun has lived locally in the coast for many years and understands the local environment is an added bonus.
Mielekamp added: “From the moment I first met Peter Storrie I was impressed and excited by the future direction of the Central Coast Mariners. This was reaffirmed when I had the chance to spend quality time with Mike Charlesworth that gave me the confidence to know the Mariners and the Central Coast are an innovative and exciting place to further my career.
“Having lived in the coast for the last nine years, this is where my family, friends and future are which provides me all the passion and drive to make sure the Mariners continue to be one of the most successful football clubs in the Hyundai A-league.
“The Central Coast Mariners continue to be a leader in community engagement for sport and ensures that the Central Coast has a national identity, this is something special that everyone will want to be a part of and the main factor in my decision to join the Central Coast Mariners.”