HAMPDEN league club Camperdown is on the hunt for a new open netball mentor but will retain outgoing coach Brooke Richardson in a playing capacity.
The Magpies leader stepped down this past week, ending a three-year stint in charge at Leura Oval.
Richardson steered Camperdown to a finals appearance in 2019 but was denied the opportunity to progress further in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are extremely proud of the time and effort she has put into the last three years as our coach.Camperdown
She led a competitive side in 2021 with draws against powerhouse South Warrnambool and third-placed Warrnambool the only barrier between the Magpies and a finals berth.
A Camperdown statement said it was disappointed to see Richardson relinquish the role but was proud of her efforts since taking the job from Sharon Kenna in 2018.
"While naturally disappointed with Brooke's decision not to go on, we are extremely proud of the time and effort she has put into the last three years as our coach and the level of expertise and professionalism she has brought to the role," it said.
"Never one to shirk a challenge, Brooke handled the past two years with a positive attitude and a strong desire to give the club the best chance of playing finals once again after reaching the semi-finals in 2019.
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"Although this season ended abruptly, Brooke had the club in a strong position and contending for the top five for the majority of the year which is a testament to her hard work and the relationships she has built with each of the players."
It thanked Richardson for her efforts and said the club was thrilled to watch her "grow and blossom" in her stint as coach. It came as Ruby Pekin-Schlicht won the club's open best and fairest on Friday night.
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