THE experienced Mick Taylor has been lured to the helm at Dunnstown.
Taylor was officially appointed as senior coach of the Central Highlands Football League club this week, taking over from Paul Jennings, who held the role for the past two years.
The 51-year-old said he has a strong passion for coaching and was looking forward to the challenge of lifting the Towners back up the ladder.
“One of my key philosophies is having a strong fitness base to start with and an uncomplicated game plan that all players understand,” Taylor said.
“I aim to create an environment where players will get feedback on how they are going so they and the club can improve.”
Taylor is a former North Ballarat Roosters reserves premiership coach, who has spent most of the past 15 years with Lake Wendouree. At the Lakers he served as a player, senior coach, senior assistant and head selector.
His extensive playing history of more than 400 games also involves stints with Kyneton, Newtown-Chilwell and South Warrnambool.
Taylor said a change in work circumstances had allowed him the time to fulfil a senior commitment in 2013.
“I’ll be joining a club where people work hard and are really passionate about it,” Taylor, who has started his own management training business, said.
“I’m looking forward to getting involved in Central Highlands footy. It sounds like a really good community footy league with some good crowds so I’m certainly looking forward to that different environment.”
Dunnstown president Mark Mullane said the club was thrilled with the new coaching appointment.
“Paul Jennings did a great job at the club, but we are rapt to have a bloke with Mick’s background and what he can bring to the club,” Mullane said.
“We wanted the right person for the job. We approached Mick and feel he is what the club needs.”