Sam Brosolo will be the youngest senior men's coach in Melrose's history when he takes on the top job next year.
The 22-year-old replaces Kade Rixon, who spent four years in the role.
Rixon was initially going to co-coach the side with Brosolo in 2020, but just this week made the decision to step away altogether.
"I'm very excited to take it on," Brosolo said.
"He (Rixon) asked me mid-year if I wanted to do some coaching and I said I'd give it a crack.
"At the end of the year he said 'how do you feel about senior coaching?' and it was an opportunity I didn't want to pass down because I'm interested in coaching."
Brosolo played the bulk of his junior career at Melrose, before crossing to Albury United and going on to play for Murray United's under-20s, with a handful of senior appearances.
After not being offered a senior contract at Murray for 2019, Brosolo returned to the AWFA with Melrose and made an instant impact, finishing second in the club's best and fairest after a strong season in the midfield.
"It's a good group and a good culture at Melrose. It's a great club to be part of. Everyone knows everyone, no-one is left out," he said.
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Brosolo will clearly be the youngest senior coach in the league in 2020, but isn't feeling overawed given he has a young squad at his disposal.
"I can connect with them on the same level. Being young, it can only get better," he added.
"If everyone sticks together, I reckon we'll have a good year to be honest."
Rixon said he can walk away knowing the side is in good hands with Brosolo at the helm.
"When I got him over this year, I'd known 'Broz' for quite a few years and he's obviously a very good footballer," Rixon said.
"He's got some ideas of how he sees the game and I think with a bit of confidence he'll instil that in the group."
Rixon certainly has plenty of fond memories from his time in charge and led Melrose to the cup semi-finals in 2017 and 2018.
"I look back on it now and I keep telling everyone and even 'Broz', the very first session I coached I thought I was ready," Rixon said.
"I remember sitting in front of the boys and I was just juggling balls and kicking balls and I was that on edge.
"Having come out about the gambling (addiction) and being at Melrose that whole time, it's the growth I guess and just getting to know everyone.
"The people I've met have been incredible and I think the best thing about Melrose is if you get someone across from a different club, they don't leave."
Melrose will commence pre-season late November.