Peter Corcoran, who has been instrumental in the ARL and NSWRL’s coaching and development work for decades and is well known as the founder of the game’s modified games program of Mini Footy and Mod League, formally received his award of Membership in the Order of Australia at Government House on 5 September,2019. He was joined by other recipients to receive his AM from the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, at an official ceremony at Government House in Sydney.
Amongst the many State, National and International Awards Corcoran has received, his reception of the Rugby League International Federation’s “Spirit of League” Award in 2014 for Outstanding Services to Rugby League, highlighted the tremendous influence Corcoran has had on the development and growth of the code worldwide. In “retirement”, he is, currently, Education and Training Manager for the Asia Pacific Confederation and Secretary of the Newcastle Hunter Branch of the code’s Men of League Foundation.
RLIF Global Operations Manager, Danny Kazandjian said: "Peter is passionate about both coach education and match official education. He has been a superb supporter of the RLIF in the ongoing work to align coach and match official awards so that everyone in the world of rugby league has access to high quality and fully compliant qualifications.
I would like to add our congratulations to Peter on this well-deserved recognition."
Corcoran was previously awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1988 and has had a long and distinguished career as an administrator and coach, including Chairman of the Australian Coaching Council (1982-97), Head Coach of the Australian Rugby League's National Youth Squad (1983-2000), Chairman of the Australian Student Rugby League (1990-1998), a Director of the NSW Sports Federation (1999-2008) and Chairman of the NSW Sport and Recreation's Industry Standing Committee (2005-2008). In the 1980’s and 1990’s, he designed and introduced the ARL’s National Coaching and Officiating Schemes – benefitting thousands of coaches and referees with the education and training so necessary to develop the code to its No.1 world status.