Demons sign country football legend to coach

LOCKHART has lured Riverina coaching legend Shane Lenon back to the club as non-playing coach.

Lenon returns to the Demons after previously coaching the club from 1997 to 2000, and has one of the most enviable coaching records in country football.

The master coach has landed seven flags from 11 grand final appearances.

He replaces co-coaches Josh Wooden and James Richards who are undecided on their playing futures.

Lenon has coached Collingullie-Ashmont- Kapooka for the past seven seasons, leading the Demons to three consecutive flags in 2008-10 in the Farrer league.

CAK then crossed to the Riverina league and has made the grand final for the past three years including a historic first flag in the Riverina league this season.

“Coaching is in the blood and I do love it,” Lenon said.

“I’ve always loved footy since I was a kid and footy has probably helped keep me on the straight and narrow throughout my life.

“Besides my family, the things I cherish most are mostly football related with all the memories and friendships.

“I would say the majority of things that are positive in my life are all because of football.

“I feel fortunate to stay involved in football and non-playing coaches are a growing trend, where five or six years ago playing coaches were all the rage.”

Lenon also coached CAK to the flag in 2002 before crossing to Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, where he added another two flags in his three-year tenure.

The Myrtleford and North Albury best and fairest winner led Lockhart to the finals in all four years in his previous stint at the Demons.

The Demons suffered a heartbreaking one-point loss against Osborne in the 1999 decider after going through the season undefeated.

Lenon had been in hot demand from a host of Riverina, Farrer and Hume league clubs since stepping down at CAK’s presentation night last month where he was awarded life membership.

“Returning to the Hume league and Lockhart after 15 years where I launched my coaching career was a motivating factor in my decision,” he said.

“My wife was also fairly keen on the idea after making some good friends when we were previously there.

“I was also after a different challenge and Lockhart hasn’t played finals since 2009.

“It sounds like the majority of the playing group are keen to stick around and if we can add a couple of quality of recruits, making finals next year is a realistic goal.”

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