Former Hawthorn draftee and Geraldton Rovers coach Greg Hodson has been named the man to take the Busselton Football Club to back-to-back league flags.
The search was on for the position after last year’s premiership coach, Darian Cheffers, stepped down to focus on family and work commitments.
Hodson, who comes to the Magpies with a long history in football, was first drafted to Hawthorn as a key position player in 1982.
He played for West Torrens in the SANFL and for East Fremantle in the WAFL, before going to coach the Geraldton-based Rover Football Club.
He was also a three-time Great Northern Football League Country Week coach, leading them to a championship in 2000.
BFC president Kris Meares said they were pleased to attract someone of Hodson’s calibre to the club.
Peter Snook will continue as assistant coach.
“We’re obviously disappointedDarian couldn’t continue coaching because of work commitments, and so was he, but we’re very happy to replace him with Greg,” he said.
“Greg Hodson comes with a huge wrap sheet from all over the country, really.”
With the Magpies starting pre-season training this week, Meares indicated Hodson would continue the game plan which was so successful last year under Cheffers.
This involved players running the lines, delivering the football fast and direct into the forward line and flooding back rapidly in defence.
“There will be some minor changes (from Hodson). At six foot eight I don’t think anyone’s going to argue with him,” Meares said.
The club has also announced Dominic Trombetta will take on his third year coaching the reserves, while Peter Plozza will coach the Colts for the first time.
Meares said they hoped Trombetta could lead the reserves to the flag they narrowly missed out on last year.
Plozza, meanwhile, was heavily involved in Colts coaching and management under Dave Whitehead last season and would continue their improvement.
Meares said it was too early to announce any player recruits but was confident the club’s local talent could take them far in 2013.
“We’ve got plenty of youth we’ve been developing over the last couple of years that can now shine,” he said.
“We’re aiming to claim the trifecta of premierships, as we do every year.”