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Coaching coup for Seagulls

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BARWON Heads has turned to the highly-regarded Daniel Donati to coach the BFL club from next year onwards.

He will replace the premiership-winning Troy Mitchell-Mitch Herbison combination.

“I am extremely humbled to have been appointed the Senior Coach of the Barwon Heads Football and Netball Club,” Donati said in a statement.

“It’s an enormous privilege to take over the reins and lead the club into their 100th year in 2022.

“I’m hoping to bring my years of experience as both a player and a coach across many levels to help assist the development of the football club as a whole.

“Together, we can create an environment whereby the players can be themselves, can challenge one
another to improve, and most importantly, really enjoy the journey ahead.”

The holder of one of the more impressive coaching resumes in metropolitan Melbourne, Donati is no stranger to the local region after spending three seasons with GFL club Lara as a playing assistant coach between 2009-2011.

After departing the Cats, he guided Balwyn to four premierships in five seasons in the powerful Eastern Football League.

In each of those years, Donati was named the EFL’s Coach of the Year, was AFL Victoria’s Senior Coach of the Year in 2013, and named coach of Balwyn’s Team of the Century.

Most recently, he has been an assistant coach with VAFA Premier Grade club Old Xavierans.

Donati featured in one game with Richmond in 1997 after being drafted from Old Xavs the year before being delisted and joining VFL club Springvale.

He played a key role in the Scorpions’ VFL grand final win in 1999, claiming the Norm Goss Medal as best-on-ground.

Donati also played more than 100 games with Noble Park, where he played in two premierships.

“We are genuinely excited by what lay ahead in season 2022,” president Tim Goddard.

“The prospect of community sport returning to the new normal, the club celebrating its centenary and Daniel Donati leading our footballing prospects”

“To secure the services of such a highly regarded football person to lead our club is a testament to the work the club has undertaken over many years.

“We are by no means the biggest club in the region, but we are proud of our culture and the results we achieve year in, year out across our entire club.

“The next step is always forward, and we cannot wait to embark upon our centenary year with our sails full.”

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