CRESWICK has joined the ranks of country football clubs in the hunt for a senior coach for next season.
The 2012 Central Highlands Football League finalist has begun the process of finding an on- or off-field leader after Damian Lubeek formally stepped down due to work commitments.
The Wickers were a dramatic improver in the CHFL in the past two seasons under Lubeek, rising from near last to eighth this season.
Creswick president Peter Considine praised Lubeek’s performance as senior coach and said the Wickers would look for someone who would adopt and continue to develop the culture that has been put in place at the club in a similar manner Lubeek has.
“To take us from where we were to finals in two years, it’s an awesome job,” Considine said.
“We’d hope to have Damian still around the club and he will be a very hard act to follow.
“We’ve known for some time it would be hard for Damian due to his work commitments and we’ve had ongoing discussions during the year.”
Considine said the Wickers would consider a playing or non-playing coach.
He said the club had already begun speaking with a number of prospective candidates, but would still consider other applicants.
“We have a great young list, including some of the best young juniors in the league recently graduated, excellent new facilities and a strong history of success with good local support,” Considine said.
“We have already received commitment from the vast majority of our current senior playing group.”
Creswick finished eighth this season with 10 wins and percentage of 99.1. The Wickers were beaten in an elimination final by Waubra by 56 points.
The resurfacing of the club’s home ground, the Doug Lindsay Oval, will begin this month and will be ready in time for the start of the 2013 CHFL season.