Navarre coaches at the ready

NAVARRE - Navarre coaches have been secured as the preparation for the Grasshoppers to go back to back continues.

Navarre have this week announced their football coaching positions for the coming season in the Maryborough and Castlemaine District League.

This year will mark Daniel Parkin's third year as the senior coach and Brett Flood will again be his assistant.

Parkin will be looking for another strong season as his team embarks on their premiership defence.

Daniel's expectation of the club are still high after only losing four of their senior players.

Those players are Jesse Eckel and Tom Walter who have gone to the Westlift Stawell Warriors, Lewis Baker to the Ararat Eagles and Jim Chethall who has work commitments.

The club appreciates the contribution these players have made to the club and wish them well in the future.

Recruits are still in negotiations with the club and will be released in the coming weeks.

Developing youth is again a priority for the Navarre Grasshoppers and they will concentrate on the likes of Cody Driscoll, Josh Folkes, Matt Grinham, Paiden McSparron, Aaron Slorach Jordan Squire, Charlie Reading Paul Carson and Hugh Jackson, who are all expected to step up this season and have an impact.

Reserves coaches this year will be Nigel Greenaway and Brian Lovison.

Nigel has played a lot of football with the Navarre Football Club as well as stints at Rupanyup and St Arnaud.

Brian Lovison is an experienced coach who has had success with Illabarook in the Central Highlands League.

After two seasons playing with the club and mentoring juniors Brian Lovison is looking at taking the next step in developing players on and off the field.

After four successful years as the under 17 coach Tim Bibby has stepped down to the assistant coach position and let Corey Hope take over the reins.

Corey has spent the last two years assisting Tim and developing his coaching and leadership qualities.

The list has been bolstered by an influx of quality players who have come across from Stawell, St Arnaud and surrounding areas.

In the under 15s Rod Summers will take control.

Rod has a wealth of experience and has had great success.

Although he has a very young playing list his ability to develop the young players has been instrumental in the past as they boys get older.

The club is looking for any boys who would be interested in playing in the under 15 side as well as parents to assist Rod.

Training for the under 15s will commence on Thursday March 13 at 4.30pm. Contact Andrew Murphy on 04098254423 or Rod Summers 0422824211.

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