Birregurra premiership coach Ben Boseley has announced that 2017 will be his final year as coach of the Saints.
Saints president Mick Paddick said the fourth-year coach made the announcement to the playing group after Saturday’s 23.17 (155) to 4.6 (30) win against the Western Eagles.
The Saints have won an impressive 82.3 per cent of their 73 matches under Boseley since he took on the job in 2014, leading the Saints to a grand final in his first year.
But it wasn’t until 2016 that Boseley put together his current powerhouse side which has only lost one game in two years, and is currently on a 22-game winning streak that includes last year’s grand final win against South Colac.
“Unfortunately Ben won’t be coaching next year, he announced after the game on Saturday that he’s had to step down due to work and family commitments which we were completely supportive of, the boys were gutted when he announced he couldn’t go on though,” Mr Paddick said.
“We were hopeful he would stay on but we understand it’s a big commitment for him because he doesn’t live in the area,” he said.
“He’s an absolute A Grade top-quality coach, so he’ll leave some big shoes to fill.”
Mr Paddick said the club had put together a panel to find a new coach in the coming months, with the current playing group on track for a fourth-straight finals appearance and favourite for the premiership.
“Ben’s got the club in a fantastic position, I don’t think we’ll lose too many from the playing group,” he said.
“We’ve put together a panel to find a new coach because we want to find the right man for the job.”
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