BEAUFORT hopes a fresh face and new ideas at the helm can propel it up the Central Highlands Football League ladder in the next few years.
The Crows have appointed Dale Power to the senior coaching position for 2014, with the former Stawell and Kyneton premiership player taking over the reins from the outgoing Louis Franc.
Power arrives at Beaufort with a strong background in coaching, having led Stawell for three seasons, including a grand final defeat at the hands of Wimmera league powerhouse Horsham in 2007.
He played more than 250 games for the Warriors, as well as more than 100 for Kyneton in the Bendigo competition.
The 41-year-old, who is not planning to make a return to the field, said he was taken by his new club and is excited by the challenge that lies ahead.
“I’ve just been really impressed with their approach and their professionalism, and their facilities are obviously very good,” said Power, a teacher at Miners Rest Primary School.
“They are retaining a large majority of their players. Even though it was a bit of a disappointing year for the club from a senior point of view, they certainly know their deficiencies and what they want to improve.”
Power said the Crows had struggled to kick winning scores last season and he was keen to focus on improving fitness ahead of next year’s campaign.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to be back involved in a club atmosphere,” the father of three said.
Former Beaufort coach Nick Franc was part of the sub-committee that helped appoint Power, and said while recent leaders had done a great job, it was time to find someone from outside the club’s four walls.
“We really wanted to make sure we got the right bloke, and Dale really stood out to us as the bloke,” Franc said.
Beaufort, which has not played finals since 2011, battled throughout the most recent campaign, winning just five games to finish 15th on the ladder.