SCOTT Carter emulated the feats of his great mate and premiership teammate Scott Turner by coaching Warrnambool to consecutive premierships.
Turner was the last coach to take the Blues to back-to-back flags in 2001 and 2002.
But he was one of the first to congratulate Carter in the packed, unfamiliar surrounds of the Reid Oval away rooms at Warrnambool’s home ground on Saturday.
As rain tumbled down outside, Turner and Carter shared a boisterous hug as they waited for the players to finish their victory lap with the premiership cup.
The Blues’ 2012-13 twin triumphs had synergies with the 2001-02 victories.
Carter played as a key defender in Turner’s dual premierships.
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Carter’s assistants Simon Perry and reserves coach Mark Inia and Saturday’s runner Paul Looney also played in both flags.
“I’m no coaching guru,” a humble Carter told The Standard.
“I just try my best to create an environment where the boys can enjoy it and be happy.
“At the end of the day good players make good coaches, I’m only steering the ship.”
He said Perry and Inia deserved to share any accolades, having been part of both triumphs.
He heaped praise on his players, saying their character and drive to succeed was a critical ingredient.
Carter, who took over as coach after mate Adam Dowie led the Blues to the 2010 premiership before pursuing a TAC Cup appointment, has built an impressive resume.
In three seasons he has taken the Blues into three grand finals for two premierships.
At a club with lofty ambitions, it hasn’t been an easy ride.
“Expectations are high,” he said of the pressure from within the club.
“But that’s fine, you know where you stand.”
Carter was tight-lipped on whether he would coach next season, saying the club was expected to make an announcement soon.