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Coaching Update - Three Changes Confirmed

By Tara Murray

THERE might not be any football going on at the moment, but there’s still plenty of news floating around the clubs.

Here’s the latest coaching news.

GREENVALE is on the hunt for a new coach, after Paul Chapman stood down from the coaching role last month.

Chapman made the call before the scheduled start date for a shortened season, due to moving to the country, along with family and work commitments and not being able to give the time needed to commit to the role.

The 2009 Norm Smith Medallist coached the Jets for three seasons, including taking the side to a grand final in 2017.

The Jets had planned to announce an interim coach for this year, but with the 2020 season cancelled, they haven’t made any further announcements.

KYLE Hardingham has stepped down as coach of the Stars after making the decision to move back to his home state.

Douttas announced on its Facebook page that Hardingham, who was due to coach the Stars for a second season this year, had decided to head back to Western Australia with his family later this year.

The Stars had five wins in Hardingham’s first season in 2019.

The former AFL player took on the coaching role at the Stars having come across from Pascoe Vale, where he was playing coach in 2017 and 2018.

The club said they would put out a call for applications for both men’s and women’s coaching positions shortly.

DALE May will continue on as West Coburg coach next season, the club announced this week.

The club was hoping to build on its eight wins from 2019 this year.

It will be May’s third season at the club, having been appointed for two years initially in late 2018 after previously being involved with Strathmore.

PREMIERSHIP-WINNING coach Ross Terranova will be back on-board next season at Glenroy.

The club announced earlier this month that Terranova would be the man to keep the momentum going as they try to make inroads in Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division. 

Terranova has led the side since 2016, including winning the 2017 Division 1 premiership.

The Roys have won four games in each of their seasons in Premier Division.

THE Sunbury Lions’ women’s side will have a new coach next season with Phil Lithgow moving to the country.

This year had always planned to be Lithgow’s last at the helm, but with no games due to the pandemic, it didn’t play out the way the club had hoped.

Lithgow’s first season in charge was 2019, where the Lions started to rebuild their squad and develop for the future.

Sunbury finished the EDFL Women’s - Premier season with three wins but was more competitive than the scoreboard showed. 

Lithgow’s departure from Sunbury ends a long association, which includes being president and coaching the club’s first youth girls team.

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