Mathoura Football Club has named onballer Jack Keogh and key position forward Darcy Robinson as co-coaches for the 2018 Picola and District League season.
The pair will replace playing coach Phil Hazelman, who led the Timbercutters for two years, with both taking on a playing-coach role.
Keogh’s selection as coach comes off the back of an impressive 2017 season where he claimed the club’s best and fairest title.
Mathoura secretary Lori McCormick said the club was quite excited by the appointment, which was made official on Thursday evening.
‘‘We’ve been in talks with coaches for a little while so to have it finalised is exciting,’’ she said.
‘‘With both being 24 years-old, they (Keogh and Robinson) felt they needed to both take on the role and help each other out, so they applied for the role together.
‘‘Keogh and Robinson are enthusiastic in wanting to bring success to the club and have been working hard already.
‘‘They were already trying to recruit players before they were given the job so that helped us know they were determined to improve the club.’’
The Timbercutters also announced that Sean Emery will take over as the club’s reserves coach this year.
In his last coaching stint, Emery led Mathoura’s thirds to a grand final appearance in 2016, where his side went down to an undefeated Deni Rovers.
In the senior netballing ranks, playing-coach Kat Wippel will once again lead A and B grade, with Melyssa Banks taking on the role as C and C reserve coach.
The club, which is still without a president, is looking for junior coaches, needing to fill the roles of thirds and fourths football coaches, as well as U-17s, U-15s and an U-11s coaches in netball.
‘‘Our main focus is securing our coaches for 2018,’’ McCormick said.
‘‘We’re trying to recruit some thirds players so we can field a team and have been in talks with a few people to fill the coaching role.
‘‘At this stage we’ll head into the season without a president, with the committee sharing the load.
‘‘There are plenty of positive signs with our coaching announcements so far and we’re all very excited for the 2018 season.’’
Mathoura’s preparation for the season began last night, with Keogh and Robinson leading their first training as co-coaches.