ILLABAROOK has signed on Glenn Tracey as its new senior coach for the 2014 Central Highlands Football League season.
Tracey lives in Smythesdale and has a strong coaching resume, claiming back-to-back flags with the Toowoomba Tigers in Queensland’s Darling Downs League between 2010 and 2011.
The 39-year-old coached Illabarook’s reserves for the final four rounds of this year’s CHFL season, after former coach Rod Gladman called a premature ending to his reign following 29-straight losses.
Tracey signed on as coach three weeks ago and is excited about the prospect of dragging Illabarook back from the doldrums, labelling next year’s tilt as “a season of inches”.
“Illabarook is my local football team and I believe that there’s a lot of opportunity to move forward if the club can get the right people in and recruit well,” Tracey said.
“The exciting thing about a club like Illabarook is you can start chipping away at a lot of areas both on and off the field and know that you are going to make a difference.”
Illabarook has spent three years in the CHFL, and won just one game back in 2011, but president Nick Gray is adamant that Tracey’s signing is the start of a new era.
“His approach to the footballers and the game itself was what caught our attention and made us believe that we wouldn’t have to go too far when looking at candidates,” Gray said.
“He’s shown that he can coach the game and set up structures, but more importantly he’s confident that he can turn our situation around.
“I’m quite confident that we will come out looking a lot different next year.”