Sharks coach leaves for Mid West role

Pilbara News - - Pilbars Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kris­tian Dic­ton has a new job with the WAFC.

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