Grant Wallace returns for his ninth season at the helm and will be looking to build upon the teams 2011 Season. Wallace led the Swinburne Cobras to third in the East-Conference after being one of the best performing teams in the back end of the season, going 16-4 from rounds 5 to 20 which included an eight game winning streak heading into play-offs. The Swinburne Cobras season ended after a Preliminary Final loss to Bendigo.
Wallace has amassed a 123-103 record in his 226 games in charge of the Swinburne Cobras and taken the team to two conference finals in 2005 and 2007. Wallace, who became the Club’s longest serving Coach in 2010, is eager to continue rebuilding the team which was so close this Season,
“We get close every year and this is a testament to the players. With our unique and strict recruiting policies we are always up against the bigger clubs but our Kilsyth junior players keep developing and working hard to improve” said Wallace.
“Three narrow losses in the past three Conference Preliminary Finals has motivation high by all to go that extra step in 2012. I am honoured to be the head coach of such a wonderful club and cannot wait for 2012 to come along” Wallace concluded.
Club Director of Coaching Rod Popp was pleased to finalise the reappointment of Wallace in a timely manner. “The Club is really pleased to have Grant at the helm for another season. The Cobras have always had excellent teams under his leadership” said Popp.
“The experience and professionalism that he brings to the Club is outstanding. We will now start the task of piecing together the playing roster and we look forward to another successful season in 2012.” Popp concluded.
The 2012 Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras roster will now begin to take shape as Wallace builds a team that can take the Swinburne Cobras to the next level.
In another positive announcement, Wallace has again been appointed as the Under 20 Victorian State Coach for the upcoming U20 National Championships. Wallace will shortly begin selections for the side which will contest the titles in Belconnen, ACT in February 2012.
Stay tuned to www.cobras.net.au for all the off season signings and Swinburne Cobras updates.
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