Kris Thompson has officially taken the reigns as Springvale Disrticts’ senior coach for 2018.
Thompson returned to the club at the beginning of 2017 as a playing assistant coach, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge earned from his time as an assistant at VFL clubs Frankston Dolphins and Box Hill Hawks.
After suffering a broken leg early in 2017, Thompson stepped up as Springvale’s senior coach in a caretaker capacity following the resignation of Danny Rout. He gained the respect of the playing group and club immediately, and also brought winning results in his 11-game tenure.
The Districts have also appointed Greg Scott as the club’s Director of Football. Scott is a past player of Springvale Districts and post his playing days has formed a reputable career in coaching and football administration.
Scott has held a number of roles within the SFNL and MPNFL, but more recently he served as the Football Manager of the Frankston Dolphins, where he formed a close relationship with Thompson.
Leighton Ross has hung up the boots and will move into a role as a line coach along with Sunny Jayasinghe (returning from Forest Hill) and Steve Aitken (ex Frankston VFL assistant).
Meanwhile, two-time SFNL Reserves League Best & Fairest winner, Adam “Spud” Sikora, has been appointed Reserves Coach.
Sikora captained Dingley’s 2011 Division 1 Reserve Premiership and was playing coach in Dingley’s Thirds three-peat of 2013-15, and he will play a crucial role in the development of the club’s young list in preparing them for senior football.
And after a highly successful 2017, Rick Bean will stay on as coach of the Under 19 side and will to mentor and development young men into senior footballers for Springvale Districts.
With the new coaching structure and club model, Springvale Districts will approach 2018 confident that they have processes in place for success in the coming years.