After spending more than 10 years watching over netball games Jarrod Hibberson will take his A-grade coaching leap next season.
The Ovens and Murray netball umpire has returned to his home club Holbrook to take on the senior netball coaching job in search of a new challenge.
Hibberson co-coached Albury Tigers B-grade side last season alongside gun Ovens and Murray shooter Jess Fisher-Curnow and has previously played football for the Brookers at junior and senior levels.
The newly appointed coach said he's excited to take what he's learnt back to help his home club.
"I've been involved with coaching before but just stepping up into the role and going back to my home town is lovely," Hibberson said.
"It's nice to be able to give back to them.
"Being at Albury Tigers I learnt a lot from Sarah Moore and the girls there.
"She (Moore) has been a really good mentor, as well as Jess (Fisher-Curnow), they just have such great netball knowledge.
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"It will be a new challenge and something different for me that I've been wanting to get in to.
"I think I just needed a change, that's why I got into coaching."
Holbrook just scraped into finals last season before they were defeated by Howlong in an elimination final.
It marked the A-grade side's first finals appearance since 2016.
The Brookers look to be a youthful side again next season, with Hibberson excited by the local talent the club has to offer.
"We're looking at a very young side again with just one or two more experienced players in there," Hibberson said.
"Most of them played seniors last year and we're just looking to develop those girls into more senior roles and progress them further.
"We've got a lot of locals in the team this season, which will be good for us."
Young guns Olivia Hearn and Sophie Parker starred for the side last year, while Kacie Schuur was also impressive on court.
Hibberson will kick-start his coaching campaign when the Brookers commence pre-season netball training later this month, with trials to be held in late February.
He said his initial focus will be on uniting the team ahead of the 2020 season.
"We're trying to get them a bit more team orientated in seniors from A-grade to C-reserve, just bringing them all closer together," Hibberson said.
The Hume league's first round will be played on the 4th of April.