RE-SIGNED coaches are adding stability to the Warrnambool and District league, bucking a trend of widespread changes in recent seasons.
Just two clubs appointed new leaders this summer, a stark contrast from the six that sought new coaches at the same time last year.
Warrnambool and District Football Netball League president Ken McSween said it was vital for clubs to lock away talented mentors, as it helped to shape the profile of the competition.
“It’s important that we keep these good coaches so the standard of the league doesn’t drop off,” McSween said.
“I think we’re at a decent standard right now. We’re not the Hampden league, and probably will never be, but we’re running a pretty close second.
“I think people appreciate that, and that’s why we’ve had these coaches sign and players like (former Koroit captain) Isaac Templeton come across.”
Reigning premiership coach Danny Finn signed on mid-season, months before his Kolora-Noorat outfit lifted the 2017 flag.
He’s one of nine coaches – including Nirranda’s Shane Threlfall and Shane Quick, Old Collegians’ Josh Reichman, Timboon Demons’ Mick Hunt, East Warrnambool’s Danny Chatfield and Russells Creek’s Heath Moloney – who extended their deals mid-year.
First-year leaders Jason Rowan (Merrivale), Jake Rhodes (Dennington) and Adam Matheson (South Rovers) are into the second year of their contracts.
It’s important that we keep these good coaches so the standard of the league doesn’t drop off.Ken McSween
Ben Price (Allansford) and Tim Condon (Panmure) are the only new faces.
Finn, a former South Warrnambool coach, revealed a passion for leading the Power was the catalyst behind his decision to re-commit.
“We decided in the middle of the year that it was a good move for both myself and the club,” he told The Standard.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me. I’m really enjoying my time and I think there are good things in place for whenever I’m finished.
“I think there’s a good quality of people who could put their hands up when I’m finished and there could be opportunities internally and externally for people to step up.”