Wangaratta Rovers have welcomed Noel Halton as the club's new A-grade netball coach ahead of the upcoming Ovens and Murray League season.
Halton was set to lead Rovers' under-16s last year and will have a dual role at the helm of the under-17s.
He's spent the last four years with the North East's Netball Victoria Talent Academy and has previously coached representative netball in Wodonga, as well as stints with Corowa-Rutherglen and Tallangatta and District League club Rutherglen.
"I've been coaching netball for a while now but mostly juniors, so I thought it was time to step up," Halton said.
"It's something I've always wanted to do down the track, so now's probably a really good opportunity."
After growing up playing football for Corowa-Rutherglen in the Coreen and District Football League, Halton admitted he fell into his netball calling.
"It's the old scenario. When my daughter was ready to start playing junior netball they couldn't get a coach at Rutherglen," he said.
"I fell in love with the game and found my passion and started to gain accreditation along the way.
"I've never looked back from that."
ALSO IN SPORT:
Junior development remains a passion for the now senior coach.
"That's one of the exciting things about Rovers, they've got a reasonably young list," he said.
"They've got a nice balance of experienced players with a lot of juniors coming through from their 2019 premiership team."
Halton replaces outgoing coach Jo Cresswell, who missed her season in charge due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cresswell will remain at the club as A-grade's assistant coach.
"She (Cresswell) started some exciting things and new ideas last year that we didn't really get to build on," Rovers' netball operations manager Michelle Wilson said.
Wilson added the club was excited to appoint Halton.
"He's got a wealth of up to date knowledge," she said.
"He's very passionate about netball."
Rovers look set to retain majority of their list from the cancelled 2020 season.
Senior netballers commenced training again this week.
"I think the most important thing for us is just getting back on the court and enjoying our netball this year," Halton said.