APOLLO BAY Football Club has appointed former premiership football coach Craig Rippon and star midfielder Marty White as its new senior co-coaches.
The club announced its new leaders, who will take over the role from Dean Scheetz, at its annual presentation night on Friday.
Rippon, who retired in 2003, will coach from the sidelines next year while White leads on-field in his first senior coaching role.
Rippon said the duo wanted to help the Hawks back to finals after missing out in the past two seasons, finishing ninth this year.
“We’re not very happy with the results over the last two years, we had a good group this year but injuries hurt us a bit,” he said.
“But we’ve got a good mix of coaches now I think, Marty is still playing good footy and I’ll coach from the boundary line.
“We’ve got some good kids coming though and most of the list will go again apart from Scheetzy who’s off to Irrewarra-Beeac, so we think we’re on track to start having some success.”
White played his junior football with the Hawks, captaining the Bay to the 1997 under-17 premiership, before forging a successful career with South Barwon and Geelong Amateur in the Geelong leagues.
Rippon, a former Camperdown footballer, was playing for Southport in the Queensland AFL when he met current Hawks president Michael Harrison 20 years ago.
Harrison lured him to Apollo Bay, and Rippon coached the Hawks to three grand finals in 1995, 1996 and 2003, winning flags in ’96 and ’03.
He was a member of Apollo Bay’s 1999 premiership team, winning the best-on-ground medal.
Rippon coached the club’s under-17.5 team to a grand final this season.
“We finished bottom of the ladder in 2002 and then came back to win the premiership in 2003,” Rippon said.
“So we know we can be thereabouts again next season, we’ll just look to bring in a couple of key players,” he said.
Meanwhile, utility Lee Hickey won the Hawks’ 2015 senior best-and-fairest award on Friday.