Australian rugby league coach Don Gailer has described the Whitehaven job as an "outstanding" opportunity, following his appointment on Friday.
Gailer, 56, arrived at the Recreation Ground with 36 years of experience in Queensland, where he worked with one-time Australia captain Darren Lockyer.
"I have wanted to come over and coach in England for years," Gailer told BBC Radio Cumbria.
"The opportunity to link up with Whitehaven is outstanding."
He added: "It's going to be a great adventure."
Gailer has spent much of his coaching career working with youth development and city/state sides and former Queensland Origin, Cronulla and Castleford prop Danny Nutley listed him as the biggest influence on his career.
He takes over from former Haven player David Seeds, who stepped down from the post after last month's Championship One play-off defeat by Doncaster.
"I sent over an email to the club to say I was coming over to England and I was looking for a coaching position," Gailer continued.
"Then I got an email back from the club to say there was a position vacant and all of a sudden we traded a few emails, I luckily got to communicate ultimately with Barry Richardson, and everything they said got me excited about coaching at Whitehaven.
"From my own knowledge, from the old Australian Kangaroos tours, they always played against Whitehaven so it was a sensational opportunity to link up with a club that has such great history."