DOUG Hawkins is desperate to coach Bacchus Marsh again in 2014 – if he does not get elected to the Victorian Senate next month.
With the September 7 election date looming, the Cobras will have to wait to see if they can secure the former Footscray champion for next year.
Running for the Palmer United Party, Hawkins nominated for the Senate in June, alongside former boxing world champion Barry Michael.
He has steered Bacchus Marsh to within just one match of a finals spot in his first year at the helm and says he has “unfinished business” at the club.
“I want to do it again definitely, but I can’t commit at this stage with the election looming,” he said.
If Hawkins is elected to the Senate, he would most likely have to spend at least four days a week in Canberra, making coaching Bacchus Marsh virtually impossible.
“I’d love to be there (at Bacchus Marsh) again, it’s just the start of unfinished business at the moment,” he said.
“We will just have to see what happens in a couple of weeks.”
Cobras president Pat Mullen said the club’s hands were tied in a way – it did not want to go out on the market for another coach while Hawkins was very much a possibility to hang around next year.
“Had it not been for his political career we would have certainly had it all locked in already,” he said.
“But really, we can’t do anything before the election.”
Mullen said Hawkins had been fantastic at the club this year, teaching his players not just about football, but giving them vital life skills.
“He’s always got plenty of time for everyone, he’s great around the club. With Doug it’s not just about footy,” Mullen said.
“You even see opposition supporters listen to his player addresses. He has had a big impact for us.”
Bacchus Marsh remains a mathematical chance of making the finals, but would need to pull off an unlikely victory against East Point on Saturday and rely on the winless Sebastopol defeating sixth-placed Ballarat.