Luscombe to step down as Waubra coach

TEAMWORK: Grant Luscombe alongside
assistants Matt James (left) and Scott Baker (right).

TEAMWORK: Grant Luscombe alongside assistants Matt James (left) and Scott Baker (right).

Grant Luscombe has announced his resignation from the Waubra senior coaching job five games out from the Central Highlands Football League finals series.

Luscombe told the playing group of his intentions at training on Tuesday night and has cited a busy work and personal life as key reasons behind his decision to walk away.

The 34-year-old non-playing leader said it was a tough call to leave the helm, but one he was now content with.

“It’s a big part of your life. It’s always a tough decision and Waubra is a great club to be part of,” he told The Courier.

“I wanted to let the club know as early as possible and give them a chance to find a replacement.”

Luscombe, who is in his third season as senior coach of the Roos, is awaiting the birth of his third child and has a full time job at Ballarat High School.

“I just found coaching, every year the workload goes up and up with recruiting, the homework with researching teams and the feedback that players now want week in and week out…,” he said.

“I reckon the workload of senior coaches has just gone through the roof.

“If you’ve got kids and a full time job it’s hard to do it properly and give that amount of time.”

Luscombe served as Waubra reserves coach and an assistant to former senior coaches Shane Skontra and Jason Allen before being appointed to the club’s top job for the 2015 season.

He has taken the team to fifth-placed finishes in the last two campaigns, but both have ended in elimination final defeats.

Luscombe said he was proud of the level of professionalism he has brought to the position and the ability to maintain a level of success despite turning over an older list.

“We’ve been able to play over the last three years around eight under-18 players, which hadn’t happened for two years at the club,” he said.

Luscombe and his boys currently sit seventh on the ladder – two games adrift of the top four – ahead of this Saturday’s clash with bottom side Skipton.

The Roos then have encounters with Creswick, Carngham-Linton and Clunes before a round 17 bye.