Officials begin search for interleague coach

Colac District Football League officials have begun a search to replace interleague coach Adam Harris, pictured left with 2015 interleague captain Dave Marendaz.

Colac District Football League officials have begun a search to replace interleague coach Adam Harris, pictured left with 2015 interleague captain Dave Marendaz.

CDFL chairman Peter Mulheron says officials are on the hunt for an interleague coach that is committed to building representative football’s stature in the league.

The position for the 2017 coach became available after Adam Harris, who led the CDFL for the past two seasons, was appointed as an assistant coach at the Colac Tigers this week.

Harris, a four-time Jack Mahoney Medallist, took the CDFL to 32nd in the AFL Victoria Community Championships rankings after back-to-back wins in charge.

He took over from former VFL-AFL footballer Tim Pekin, who coached the CDFL in the first two years of its return to representative football.

Both respected mentors, Pekin and Harris, were not aligned with clubs when they took on the role and Mulheron said league officials were hopeful the next coach had a similar link.

“At the moment we’re on the lookout for someone new,” he said.

“Our first option would be to find someone independent like Adam was before we look at someone at a club within the league.

“Someone independent is the ideal set-up because they need to able to get around and watch players from different clubs.

“We’re just putting the feelers out there to see if there’s any interest.”

The CDFL has made an impact on the interleague stage since its return in 2013, winning three out of its four matches.

The league will travel to Horsham next season and Mulheron said he hoped Harris’ replacement would inspire the league’s top footballers to make the trek to represent the league.

Harris took a strong squad to Murrabit in the state’s north in 2015.

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