Maryborough’s senior coach, Ben Lavars, announced last week that he will hang up the boots at the end of the year after two seasons with the club.
Lavars headed from Geelong to Maryborough for his first ever coaching role at the start of 2018 and was met with a side that had won just one game in three years.
Lavars said he knew it would be a tough assignment, especially without his wife and son in tow for support, but said he has learned “a massive amount” from tackling the challenge.
“Having to motivate players has been a big task, obviously morale hasn’t been at its highest over the past few seasons,” he said.
“The main thing was building a positive culture around the club and switching back into that mindset that we can win and get moving in the right direction.
“It is my very first coaching experience and to be honest I’d never really thought about it until Maryborough called.
“I knew it was going to be a challenge and it wasn’t always smooth sailing.
“We were hoping when it all started that the whole family might be able to come up which hasn’t been able to happen so I think it’s the right time to head back and spend some time with them now.
“Most of the players knew it was coming. I haven’t shied away from telling people so the reaction has been good and everyone understands where I’m coming from.”
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