BREAKING: Madigan takes the reins of Seniors
Former De La Salle Senior Coach David Madigan is back in charge of the Dees’ senior side for Season 2020.
In a surprise turn of events, Madigan has stepped up from his September Assistant Coach appointment, after Peter Schwab informed the Club of his acceptance of the full time Coaching Co-Ordinator role at Wesley College, which would preclude him from continuing in the senior post at Waverley Oval.
Whilst an unexpected outcome, Club President Matt O’Callaghan said the club was comfortable regardless.
“Dave is a highly experienced senior coach, who since returning to the club in September has been right at the coalface of our 2020 preparation, which we have been extremely fortunate to enjoy. With the support of all of our coaches, we believe that Dave can deliver on our expectations. Schwabby leaves with our thanks and best wishes in his next role at Wesley.”
Madigan was excited by the challenge, despite the circumstances.
“I am disappointed to not get the opportunity to work further with Peter, but I’m excited by our prospects for next season. I feel I have some unfinished business at the club: we fell three points short of victory in the 2009 A-Grade Grand Final in my previous stint here, and I look forward to working with this side”.
Madigan has an impressive CV, and joins the club after a narrow senior Grand Final loss (2009) and a preliminary final berth (2010) with De La; four seasons as a Senior Assistant at Box Hill in the VFL that delivered a finals berth each year and a premiership in 2013; and more recently, a five-year stint at Knox Football Club as Senior Coach, guiding the Falcons to a premiership in 2017.
Reflecting on his announcement Schwab was hopeful of a successful 2020 season for the Dees.
“I am disappointed to not be in a position to lead the Club in it’s endeavours to rebound in 2020, after this year’s disappointment. I do however have great confidence that Dave will do a great job. He has an existing relationship with the club and many players from his previous time with us, and he has been outstanding since preseason began. I thank the Club for their support and understanding. Jenny and I look forward to watching our son Michael at De La next season.”