A favourite son of the Castlemaine Football Netball Club has been appointed as the Magpies' senior coach for 2013.
Rod Keogh, who played 82 AFL games with Melbourne and St. Kilda, including the Saints' 1997 Grand Final loss, has been appointed the club's senior coach, effective as of next season.
Keogh was taken by Melbourne with pick 27 in the 1988 AFL Draft and won two league best and fairest (Gardiner) medals playing with the Demons' reserves in 1990 and 1993.
He was then transferred to St. Kilda in the following season, and played 60 games with the Saints before retiring in 1998 due to persistent knee injuries.
He will take over from current Magpies coach Len Watson, who has instilled marked improvement into the young side in the last two years.
Since retirement Keogh has coached numerous sides, most recently Devon Meadows in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean league, along with North Launceston and Burnie in the Northern Tasmianian Fotball League.
While at Burnie he coached Gold Coast Suns midfielder Maverick Weller along with Tyson Mihocek, who now plays for rival Bendigo Football Netball League side Kangaroo Flat.
In the club's newsletter released today, CFNC general manager Stuart Dunn said the appointment took place in full consultation with Watson.
“Len’s work in developing the current playing group has been second to none, as has his dedication and commitment to our club and we thank him enormously for his contribution.”
"The appointment of Rod has taken place with the full consultation of our current coach, Len Watson, who as he has always done put the club’s best interests first and conducted himself with the upmost class and selflessness."
Castlemaine play host to Strathfieldsaye Storm at Countrycars.com.au Oval on Saturday in round 15 of BFNL action.
In other games this weekend Eaglehawk take on Sandhurst at Canterbury Park, Gisborne host Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square do battle with Kyneton and South Bendigo tackle Maryborough.