Sharks coach leaves for Mid West role
Dampier Sharks Football Club will be farewelling a club stalwart this week when league coach Kristian “Dicko” Dicton takes on a new job with the WA Football Commission in the Mid West.
Dicton was recently selected as the WAFC Mid West regional football development manager, where he will co-ordinate community programs and competitions and promote the sport at a grassroots level across the region.
He said he had always wanted to go further in the football industry and saw this position as a good opportunity.
“If I haven’t coached here, I’ve always been involved in (football), on any level, from juniors up to seniors,” he said.
“I just really enjoy football, it’s a passion. So it is a dream job in (many) ways.”
Dicton has a long history with the Sharks, from starting as a player at the club as a teenager in 1997, to returning there from overseas after losing a bet to a friend to come back and play for one more year.
In was a twist of fate that turned into another 11 years with the club, time which has included three premierships and stints coaching both the reserves and league teams.
“I didn’t get a game in the first week (of returning) because I didn’t do the pre-season and we had heaps of numbers,” he said.
“I (got annoyed) ... I said no, I’m going back offshore, then the next week I was flying out on a Saturday, we had a game on the Friday, and they were short and they begged me ... I got my arm twisted, played, got (drinking) that night, missed my helicopter and I’ve been here ever since.
“We won the flag that year, and we’ve won three since. And then I’ve ended up coaching the ressies for a couple of years and coaching the league.
“Funny how, for a little mistake, I’ve ended up here for 11 years.”
Dicton said he would miss the friendly culture of the Sharks, though he will continue to stay in touch with the club and would “never say never” to returning.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to win a couple of premierships, and that’s what everyone plays for but in reality ... success to me isn’t judged on trophies and that, it’s the culture in our club,” he said.
Dicton will leave for the Mid West this weekend.
Kristian Dicton has a new job with the WAFC.