Former Bonbeach and Chelsea coach Jason Chapple will re-launch his career after being appointed at Mordialloc — and he couldn’t be happier.
“I haven’t been excited for a while about sport, I’m pretty pumped,’’ he told the Leader.
Chapple last coached at Chelsea in 2012.
When he finished there he doubted he would coach again.
Refreshed after three years out of the game, he felt the time was right to return to coaching and he applied for several jobs, including Mordialloc which needed a new coach after Sam Anstey stepped down to dedicate more time to family commitments.
“I knocked back a few gigs but these guys kept ringing,’’ Chapple said.
“They said, ‘will you come for an interview?’
“I went in and said, ‘boys, I haven’t got a PowerPoint presentation or a resume’, but I said, ‘what do you want?’ We had a good chat and they then rang me up and asked me to do it. I thought, ‘yeah, why not’?’’
Mordialloc has played off in three successive SFNL grand finals and Chapple said he would look to retain the list while adding “a few pieces to the jigsaw’’.
“I’m not looking to change the world, I’ll just add on to what Sam’s done but I’ll definitely put my own spin on things as you can imagine,’’ he said.
“It’s something different, a clean slate for them and for me. It’s exciting. You don’t get too many opportunities to take over a team that’s played in a grand final, so that’s exciting. Everyone seems to be pretty committed.’’
A fine player, Chapple stepped into coaching in 2002, and guided Bonbeach, Pearcedale, Hampton Park and Chelsea to success.
Story courtesy of Mordialloc Chelsea Leader.