Rupertswood on the hunt for new coach

Ben Jordan has stepped down as Rupertswood coach. Picture Wayne Hawkins

Rupertswood is on the hunt for a new coach after Ben Jordan decided not to renew his contract with the Riddell District Football League club.

Jordan who had coached the side the last two years has decided to take a rest from coaching and spend more time with his family.

Sharks president Paul Ross had nothing but praise for Jordan who took the senior side to finals in both years as coach.

“Ben has two young daughters and a wife, and wants to spend time with them,” Ross said.

“One of his daughters plays basketball and he said he hadn’t seen her play for the last two years as she plays on Saturdays.

“He brought professionalism to the club with his experience and the fitness side of things.

“He’s game style was really good besides the hiccups in the finals the last two years.”

Ross said the club didn’t have a set idea of what they wanted in a new coach.

“We are very open to who we hire, it could be a playing coach, a mature age coach or a young coach. They need to have had some experience.”

The one thing the coach does need is a willingness to help foster the Sharks young talent.

The under-18 side will play off in their third straight grand final in next Sunday after beating Riddell by 80 points on Saturday.

“We need someone who has a willingness to bring young talent on and a mould and teach the young guys to play senior football,” Ross said.

“They have the talent just not the bodies and experience.”

Ross said ideally the coach would be someone who is in it for the long haul.

The initial contract is likely to be one year with the option of a second year.

“We are looking at someone who could be here three, four or five years.

“Ben has done two years and half the work in getting some of the young guys into the team.

“The coach that takes over can take advantage of the work that Ben has done already.”

For more information on the coaching role, contact Paul on 0439 552 773 or