EXPERIENCED coach Bernard Moloney will lead North Warrnambool Eagles for the next two seasons.
Eagles president Michael Harrison confirmed Moloney’s appointment yesterday, saying the club was thrilled to secure the former Camperdown mentor.
“There were a number of applicants and the club decided Bernie was the best fit for the club,” he said.
“With the playing group we have got and the players coming through we believe he is the right person for the job.
“The committee decided we’d try and find the best person available, be that playing or non-playing.”
Moloney joins the Eagles after a three-year stint at Camperdown.
The non-playing coach led the Magpies to an elimination final last season before handing the reins to key forward Dan Casey as part of a succession plan.
Moloney ran the bench for Terang Mortlake during its 2008 premiership-winning season and has also coached Kolora-Noorat.
He replaces David Haynes as the Eagles mentor.
Haynes retired after taking the Bushfield-based club to a preliminary final last season.
The Eagles also lost goal-kicking midfielder Jake Myles to a coaching role at Portland.
Harrison said the Eagles, who have played finals the past three seasons, hoped to retain the bulk of their playing list.
“The only other (loss) we know of at the moment is Joel Nestor, who is going to England to work for two years,” he said.
Seven Hampden league clubs will enter the 2014 season with new coaches.
Moloney’s appointment has surprised many league observers as he hinted at coaching retirement when the succession plan with Casey was announced.
The Standard was unable to contact Moloney at the time of going to print.