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Barry Mitchell to be named Box Hill Hawks Coach
It is my understanding that the Box Hill Hawks will name Barry Mitchell as the new coach of the club. It is due to be announced later today.
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From the box Hill website: [quote]MITCHELL TO COACH BOX HILL HAWKS Tuesday, 16 October 2007 The Hawthorn Football Club and Box Hill Hawks have appointed former Sydney Swans champion Barry Mitchell as senior coach of the Box Hill Hawks for the 2008 VFL season. On his appointment, Mitchell also joins the Hawthorn coaching panel and will play an important role in the continued development of Hawks’ young list. Mitchell, 42, replaces Damien Christensen who did not seek reappointment after two seasons at the helm and arrives at Box Hill City Oval with strong playing and coaching experience. After retiring from AFL football as a player in 1996, Mitchell most recently was Assistant Coach at Carlton from 2003-2007 including the Senior Coaching role at Northern Bullants (Carlton’s VFL affiliate) for the last four seasons. Mitchell was delighted to be appointed to the top job at the Box Hill Hawks and is looking forward to not only helping return success to Box Hill, but in developing a promising group of youngsters from both his VFL squad and the Hawthorn list. “I’ve spoken with Clarko (Alastair Clarkson) and the football department and met with the Box Hill Hawks President, John Ure. I understand it’s a dual role servicing the needs of both clubs as best as I can and I will be judged on my ability to gel the Box Hill guys with the Hawthorn players. “I’m looking forward to helping develop some kids for Hawthorn and bring some success to Box Hill. That’s the name of the game.” Box Hill Hawks President John Ure was delighted with the appointment. “Obviously we are thrilled to attract a proven and experienced coach like Barry Mitchell”, Ure said. “He has a proven ability to coach successfully in an aligned VFL Club environment and we believe that he is the right man to lead our Club back into Finals contention.” Barry Mitchell fact file: Mitchell played 221 AFL games with Sydney Swans (170), Collingwood (6) and Carlton (38) between 1984-96, winning the Swans’ Bob Skilton Medal for Best & Fairest player in 1991, as well as the E.J. Whitten Medal and All Australian selection in the same year. Following retiring from AFL football as a player in 1996, Mitchell most recently was Senior Coach at the Northern Bullants (Carlton’s VFL affiliate) for the last four seasons and a Carlton Assistant Coach.[/quote]
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I reckon its good for Box Hill, he showed at the bullants that he is able to get a good balance of VFL listed and AFL listed players, Box Hill have a pretty good bunch of VFL listed players to work with if they can stick around for another 2-3 years. Good Luck to Barry in '08. *side note, with Hawthorns new Logo, comes Box Hills as well, Why bother???
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Nice appointment. I think Mitchell needed a fresh start, and he seemed to understand that Box Hill is actually a club, not just Hawthorn's seconds. Hopefully he can attract, oh, i don't know, Digby Morell? Or someone. There's a fair bit of young talent down there, and hopefully they'll see the signing of Mitchell as a positive thing and stick around. On the logo, while preferring it to the previous one, if they put it in the same spot on the jumper as the little golden hawk, it will look a little dumb. Hopefully they don't feel the need to invade the jumper at all. Funny comp isn't it, a Tigers team that wears Blue and Red, and a team named the Hawks with a horse on their jumper!
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It's good to see that Mitchell understands that the Hawks are more than just the seconds of Hawthorn. We need more coaches who think like he does if our league is going to receive greater media coverage and interest from the general football public.
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Box Hill will do well this year! Is it true that channel 2 is no longer broadcasting VFL? If it is they have lost me big time!