DREAM TEAM: Duo excited to coach Imps despite busy schedule

Colac Imperials duo James Morgan, left, and Tom McKay have taken on the Imps’ coaching role despite busy schedules in 2016. The two mates take on the role from Sean O’Neill.

Colac Imperials duo James Morgan, left, and Tom McKay have taken on the Imps’ coaching role despite busy schedules in 2016. The two mates take on the role from Sean O’Neill.

NEW Colac Imperials co-coach James Morgan has revealed he and Tom McKay were hesitant to take on the Imps’ top job when the club approached them.

Morgan and his wife Steph are expecting their second child on March 7, while McKay is in the process of renovating his Geelong home.

But after discussions with each other, the two playing coaches decided that sharing the job would allow them to commit 100 per cent for the season.

Morgan and McKay, both 28, step into the role after newly-appointed coach and 2015 Jack Mahoney Medallist Sean O’Neill stepped down from the role in December due to work and study commitments.

“The club came to us first after Sean pulled the pin, and to be honest we were a little hesitant at first because I’m expecting another child and Tom’s renovating his house,” Morgan said.

“But having co-coaches will allow us to share the role and responsibility, we discussed that and decided we’d be able to commit 100 per cent,” he said.

“Senior coaching was definitely a goal of both of ours down the track, probably not this soon, but we’re still really excited to give it everything we have.”

McKay grew up playing with St Josephs then Thomson, while Morgan played with St Marys, Camperdown and the Colac Tigers.

They arrived at the Imps in 2013, with the players developing into two of the Imps’ premier onballers.

The two best mates, who grew up together, have coaching experience together, leading the Imps’ under-17 team to a grand final in 2014.

“I think we worked pretty well together that season, and we’ve got a pretty good rapport with the young kids who are now coming through into the senior ranks,” Morgan said.

“It’s a fantastically run club, with a great culture, so we’re looking forward to being able to give back to the club.”

The Imps will return to the track for Monday-Wednesday pre-season training sessions on January 27.

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