THE Frankston Football Club has appointed a new senior coach.
Jackson Kornberg has been handed a three-year deal to coach the VFL side. Kornberg has spent the last two years at reigning VFL premiers Gold Coast.
Kornberg will be the Dolphins’ first full-time senior coach. He said he is “really excited for the opportunity to coach the talented young list at the club and humbled that the board have shown faith in me to do the role.”
“I can’t wait to meet the playing group and start building towards the season,” he said.
Club president David Friend welcomed Kornberg to the club. He said “we are very excited to appoint a full-time coach of Jackson’s high regard in the industry with many successful experiences. I have spoken to Jackson to congratulate him who is thrilled to be part of our new era we are going to create at our great club.”
“We are also delighted to have our highest retention of existing players we have had in many years already signed up along with exciting new talent wanting to join us,” Friend said.
The Dolphins spent seven weeks searching for someone to replace outgoing coach Danny Ryan. The Dolphins parted ways with Ryan and former CEO Adrian Lloyd in August. The selection panel comprised new club CEO Fraser Bayne, Grant Thomas, Donald McDonald, Marc Ablett, Brad Sykes, and Steven Icke.
Kornberg was head coach of the Gold Coast Suns’ VFL side in 2022 and served as an AFL/VFL development coach during their premiership year in 2023. He worked with Sandringham Dragons for a decade and has also been an assistant coach in the AFLW with Carlton and North Melbourne.
Kornberg’s duties at Frankston will include overseeing the club’s women’s program and the VFL Academy
The Frankston Football Club has enjoyed better fortunes after its forced administration in 2016. It was readmitted into the VFL in 2018 and was finally declared debt-free in 2022.
The Dolphins finished 19th on the VFL ladder in 2023 – the side won four games this season.