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McDowell steps down at Hawks

Outgoing Inverleigh coach Mark McDowell. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

INVERLEIGH has become the latest GDFL club in the market for a new coach with Mark McDowell calling time after five years in charge.

McDowell guided the Hawks to the finals during each year of his tenure, including the last two grand finals, falling short against Thomson earlier this month and Bell Post Hill in 2017.

“The club wishes to express this was not an easy decision for either party to make as Mark has been a highly valued and dedicated member for the last five years,” a statement from Inverleigh said.

“This is a mutually agreed outcome that both the IFNC executive and Mark believe is best for the club moving forward.

Having previously coached Geelong Amateur and Corio, McDowell took Inverleigh from narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon in 2013 to a preliminary final in his first season in charge in 2014.

The preliminary final was the Hawks’ lowest finish during the McDowell era.

“The time and effort Mark has put in to ensure the team has the greatest opportunity for on-field success has gone far and beyond our expectations of a senior coach,” the statement continued.

“We wish to thank Mark for his outstanding contributions and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

McDowell’s departure from Inverleigh comes just days after Brad Martin told Bell Post Hill he wouldn’t be continuing in the role next year.

It leaves the Hawks, Panthers and North Geelong requiring new coaches for 2019.

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