Dual North Melbourne premiership midfielder Adam Simpson is West Coast’s new coach.
Simpson, a former Kangaroos captain, edged out ex-Eagles full forward Peter Sumich.
The 37-year-old, who played 306 games for the Kangaroos between 1995 and 2009, has been an assistant under Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn for the past four seasons.
The West Coast Eagles said Simpson had signed a three-year deal after a thorough selection process.
This will be the first senior coaching job for Simpson.
West Coast chairman Alan Cransberg thanked the other candidates who were interviewed for the role: long-term serving current asistant coach Scott Burns, Fremantle assistant and former club legend Peter Sumich and Sydney assistant Leigh Tudor.
The original pool of 14 candidates had been whittled down this week, with the Eagles forced to wait for the Dockers and Hawks to finish their campaigns before formal interviews started.
Simpson said he was looking forward to the opportunity of coaching in his own right.
He will be the Eagles' sixth coach, replacing John Worsfold after 12 seasons.
“I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to moving across to Perth with my family and settling in to the challenge ahead,” Simpson said.
“I have always admired West Coast from afar and I believe the list has an exciting mix of senior and emerging young players.
“I would like to acknowledge both Hawthorn and North Melbourne for the grounding they have given to me in this game.
“Hawthorn has been fantastic for me in the last four years and it was certainly a great experience to be a part of the coaching group as the club achieved the ultimate success last Saturday," he said.
“In particular, I’d like to thank Alastair Clarkson and Chris Fagan for the wonderful education and assistance that they have provided to me.
“Being so closely involved from a coaching perspective has provided me with a sense of the hard work which has to be done to achieve a premiership.
"I obviously enjoyed that feeling as a player, but it is different as a coach.
“I will move across to Perth as soon as possible and I look forward to meeting the players and working with them from the start of pre-season.”
Nic Naitanui tweeted "Welcome on board Adam Simpson" shortly after the news broke.
Simpson reportedly flew to Perth on Thursday to meet with Eagles officials.