Joint coaches for Bears
Reigning best and fairest Tungamah footballer Bodhi Butts and past Bears’s best and fairest, and grand-final coach David Putamorsi have been appointed co-coaches of Tungamah for season 2019.
“It’s great to have Bodhi and David as our senior coaches for season 2019,” Tungamah Football Netball Club President Troy Costigan told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“We’re so pleased to retain our best and fairest player ‘Buttsy’ and to get ‘Puta’ back into the club – he has a great family and good footy brain.”
Putamorsi, 48, was playing coach of Tungamah for four years, from 2004 to 2007. After an inglorious first season by the side, the dynamic rover led the Bears to a grand-final and into the finals the following two years.
A former best and fairest winner at Tungamah, in 2004, he has an extensive playing and coaching background starting with junior football in Melbourne, Under 19s and Reserves for Melbourne, Prahran in the VFA, playing in the 1992 Rochester premiership and leading Euroa to a grand-final among his many achievements.
“It’s exciting,” Putamorsi, a gardener, who lives in Euroa, said of his appointment as cocoach. “I know a lot of people involved in the club from when I was coach. It’s just a fantastic club.”
Butts, 25, will be aiming to play 100 games for the Bears when he jointly takes the reigns as senior coach next season.
Previously assistant coach under Nick Doyle Butts said he is looking forward to coaching alongside Putamorsi.
“It will be great. During the week I can talk to the boys one on one and on Saturday I will be able to concentrate more on my football and Puta will handle all the coaching from the side. It will work well.”
Butts, a premiership player and captain for the Bears, said he is keen to see the team “step up” to Murray League football next season.
“We are looking for a full commitment from the boys and look forward to the season,” he said.
The two names to combine coaching on-field and off-field will be well received by Tungamah players and supporters.
Tungamah’s joint coaches from last season, Jeremy O’Brien and Craig Whinray, have stepped down.
“Jeremy coached for four years, is a premiership coach and did a great job,” Mr Costigan said. “Craig coached for one year and did a very good job. The club thanks both Jeremy and Craig for their efforts.”