Dolphins depart for St Kilda coaches box



FRANKSTON Dolphins will are on the lookout for a new coach, after current senior coach Adam Skrobolak accepted a full time position with St Kilda for next year.

Skrobolak was appointed coach for the Dolphins’ return the VFL, and helped guide the side to two wins this season.

Skrobolak has been balancing his work with the Dolphins with a part time role with the Saints this season.

“It was definitely a decision I wrestled with for a long time, given I’ve only had the one year at the club and how invested I am with the current players. In the end the opportunity presented to me was compelling and gives me an opportunity to impact at the Saints in the areas that match my strengths,” Skrobolak said.

“It’s been an incredible and at times crazy 12 months. I think people on the outside underestimate the amount of effort that has gone into re-establishing this football club in the VFL. Not just from myself, and the other coaches and players, but right across the club. As we sit here today, I think we have a pretty strong footy program in place and I’m hoping that the next coach can pick that up, improve the playing list and build on it further.”

Dolphins assistant coach Jake Batchelor will also depart the club at the end of the year to link up with Skrobolak in a full time role with St Kilda.

Frankston Dolphins general manager Gary Buckenara said that “there will be a real Frankston flavour to their coaching panel next year”.

“To have two members of our 2018 coaching panel considered in such high esteem and offered full time AFL roles is something for us to take pride in as a football club,” he said

“We wish Adam and Jake all the very best, but I’m confident that we will attract some really high quality coaching candidates for our role.”

The club is aiming to appoint their new senior coach by late September.

First published in the Frankston Times – 10 September 2018

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