Subiaco combined two popular pathways when appointing Jarrad Schofield as their new league coach yesterday.
Like Schofield, Greg Harding (Swan Districts), Steve Malaxos (East Fremantle) and Damien McMahon (Perth) all coached at colts level before being appointed to senior roles at their respective WAFL clubs in recent years.
Marc Webb, who guided Claremont to a league premiership in his first season, was an assistant under Chris Waterman at Subiaco last year before taking on the senior role with the Tigers.
Schofield, an AFL and three-times WAFL premiership midfielder, signed on with the Lions for two years.
He will take the reins from Waterman, who decided earlier this month not to take up an option for next season.
Schofield, 37, was an assistant of the Claremont side which took all before it in 2012, beating VFL side Werribee on August 2 to win the Foxtel Cup grand final and East Fremantle in Sunday's WAFL season decider.
Schofield coached the Lions colts team from 2009 to 2011 and prior to that played 205 AFL games with West Coast, Port Adelaide and Fremantle from 1993 to 2006, as well as 100 matches with Subiaco from 1994-98 and 2005-08.
He was a member of Port Adelaide's 2004 premiership side and returned to round out his playing career with the Lions' three winning grand final teams of 2006-08.
Schofield said he felt the time was right to take a senior role and was excited about the challenge ahead. "I think I'm ready to take the next step," Schofield said.
"I started (coaching) with the colts for three years and then moved away from the club the last 12 months to really pursue a role with the State 18s program.
"Just by moving outside the club and gaining different experiences, I feel like I'm in a better position now and more rounded in terms of my coaching.
"In my head I feel like I have ticked the boxes in terms of making that gradual progression to becoming a league coach."
Schofield said he hoped to continue a trend of being involved with premierships.