Saints secure new coaches
MYRTLEFORD has appointed second year player Tim Looby and club great Terry Burgess as its senior football coaches for 2018.
The pair will co-coach the Saints after Leigh Corcoran stepped down at the end of last season.
Looby was an assistant coach last year and previously led Shepparton United for two seasons prior to joining the Saints.
Burgess spent the past two years at Corowa Rutherglen and returns to the Saints for his second coaching stint having held the top job in 1986 and 1987.
Myrtleford president Michael Quirk said the club was also pleased to announce two assistant coaches.
“Having a non-playing and playing coach will be the same set-up that we had with Leigh and Brad Murray two years ago,” he said.
“We think that Terry’s experience up in the box and Loobs down on the ground will work really well for us.
“We’ve also appointed two senior assistants with Scott McMasters and Jarrod Hayse.
“Scott will continue as reserves coach and will also be a line coach on matchday and Haysey will be a line coach as well as development coach.”
Looby said he was keen lead the Saints back to the Ovens and Murray finals.
“The club has put together a really well structured coaching panel that’s going to offer a good opportunity for development and I’m excited to work alongside Terry and Scott and Jarrod,” he said.
“It is a big job, we’ll be the first to admit we probably underachieved last year whether that was from the weight of expecta- tion externally and internally.
“But I’m really looking forward to getting back into it and hopefully we can get back to where we want to be.”
Burgess, who came through the ranks at Myrtleford and won the 1983 Morris Medal with the club said he was ex- cited to continue to develop a young list.
“Going back home to where it all started is exciting along with the opportunity to continue coaching and working with a young playing group,” he said.
“Coaching against Myrtl- eford in recent seasons I have seen a lot these kids play so I’ve certainly got a fair idea of what is there.
“There’s a lot of upside with the kids in that 19-22 age bracket, they’re still a few years of reaching somewhere near their peak but the more work and development we can get into them now will benefit guys down the track.
“The club doesn’t need a hell of a lot in terms of brining players in, a forward and a couple midfielders to give us some more depth and support for the young players is about all.”
STEPPING UP: Tim Looby has been named co-coach of Myrtleford for next year’s Ovens and Murray football season.