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New coach for Sandringham 2021


A former Richmond AFL player has been named the new coach of Sandringham and, with the Zebras appointing triple premiership coach Mark ‘Wilbur’ Williams as senior assistant.

The rest was behind a HeraldSun paywall so who is it? Nothing on the Sandy website either.

Good news to see 1 x time premiership player 3 x time premiership coach  Mark Williams back home as assiatant coach!

Wally from Will...
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Hope you are sitting down Billy, it's none other than (drum roll please) 



Pardon my cynasism, but who actually appointed this bloke,Sandringham or their lords and masters?


He is still ony 28 so I wonder where he has been playing or coaching for the last four years since he left Richmond?

I don't think he could  be any worse than some of the dogs that have been forced on Sandy by St Kilda!

Mark Williams might make the difference.

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Billy, he went from Richmond to Frankston in a playing/assistant coaching role, for a year, then went to St Kilda as an assistant coach. I believe he played a few games for Sandy last year.


Official Statement from the club.

Sandringham Football Club announces Jake Batchelor as Senior Coach and Mark Williams as Senior Assistant Coach for the 2021 season.

Sandringham Football Club is excited to announce Jake Batchelor as our Senior Coach and Mark Williams as Senior Assistant Coach for the 2021 season. Both bring a wealth of AFL and VFL, playing and coaching experience to the roles.

Since finishing his AFL career with Richmond in 2017, Jake has spent time as an assistant coach with Frankston and Sandringham in the VFL and at St Kilda where he has been a development coach since 2018. The 28-year-old is seen as the perfect person for the role and already has a great relationship with the staff and players at Sandy from his time at the Club over the past two years.

Hall of Famer, Mark “Wilbur” Williams, won a premiership with the Zebras as a player in 1992 and then coached the Club to three premiership wins in a row from 2004 to 2006. Since then Mark has had coaching roles with Melbourne and Richmond in the AFL and is a welcome addition to the 2021 coaching panel.

Speaking on his appointment, Jake was thrilled to be working as a Head Coach for the first time.

“I’m very excited. It’s probably come a little bit quicker than what I was expecting, but I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to getting back into it whenever we can,” he said.

“The rules (for next season) will probably be finalised soon and in the coming weeks we’ll find out a bit more, but it’s going to be a really good challenge for not only myself but the other coaching staff and the players to get something done next year.”

With next year’s competition set to be restructured and include teams from the recently disbanded NEAFL, the young coach is ready for a strong level of competition.

“The opportunity to potentially fly interstate is a good chance to get away together and test ourselves against some of the best teams all across Australia, he said.”

“It’s going to be a good challenge and something we’ll look forward to when the time comes.”

Jake is eager to work with Williams again, someone he already has a good relationship with from their time together at Richmond.

“I’m really excited that Wilbur’s decided to jump back on board,” he said.

“He’s a great coach and a great person and he’s going to be able to bring a lot of expertise to the coaching side of things. Basically, he’s going to coach us coaches. So it’s going to be good fun.”

Mark, who says some of his best football moments are at Sandringham, is just as excited to be back coaching at the Club and working alongside Jake.

“I think it’s a wonderful appointment. [Jake] is a very smart, young fella,” he said.

“He got the most out of his own football career in regard to playing and it’s one of his strengths just being able to get the most out of people.”

Speaking on his own new position, Williams said his role is sort of like the coaching group’s “high-performance coach”.

“It’s really all about supporting Jake and his assistant coaches because they’re young coaches and it’s Jake’s first time coaching his own team,” he said.

“They’ll bring plenty of ideas and energy and youthful enthusiasm and it will be my job just to support them and hopefully use my experience to help and support Jake.

“I’m really fortunate to have been offered this opportunity and it fits in really well with the next stage of my coaching, which is performance coaching.”

Due to Government Covid-19 regulations, as well as the restructuring of the VFL, we are unsure at this stage as to when players will be able to begin 2021 preseason training.

We continue to be led by the Victorian Government and the AFL, while player, staff and community welfare remains our absolute main priority.

Written by Matthew Hughes - Sandringham Football Club Media