Camperdown co-coach Jack Williams says the challenging role is improving his football.
Williams, 23, and his coaching partner Neville Swayn, 46, have re-signed for the 2020 Hampden league season.
The Magpies pair told the playing group they were locked in for a second season at training on Thursday night.
Williams said his first season at the helm had helped develop his leadership skills.
"It's definitely more challenging, you've got to think about 22 other blokes," he said. "If I am having a bad half, I have to make sure my mindset is still right and make sure I am not moping around.
"I have used this as a developing year. Nev has helped me out, he's an older head and has coached before."
Injury has limited Williams' impact on the field with hip and groin issues limiting him to 13 of the Pies' 16 games to date. But his enforced omissions have allowed him to coach and learn from the boundary.
"It's actually funny - it's more mentally draining (than playing)," he said.
"It still feels like you're playing a game. It's good (to watch and learn) in that sense but I'd still rather be out there playing with the boys and helping out.
"I haven't had the best year with my body. It is frustrating not being out there as coach.
"I have to make sure my body is right over the off-season."
Williams trains with a group of travelling Camperdown players in Werribee.
All senior footballers worked on the same program and Williams and Swayn said they were in constant contact.
"We balance each other out," Swayn said of their working relationship.
"It is exciting and great the club has given us the opportunity to go again.
"We've developed internally our core group of players and we want to see it through because we see a massive future.
"Our form has been solid in the second half of the year against top-four sides without getting results.
"We need to recruit a bit but we think we've got a core group and that is really exciting for us."
Camperdown has blooded eight under 18 debutants in 2019.
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