GISBORNE has appointed Jeff Gieschen as senior coach for 2016 in the Bendigo football League.
Rod Sharp stepped down as coach at the end of the 2015 season after the bulldogs won just six games and a number of experienced players have left the club.
Gieschen played 24 games for Footscray from 1974 to 1978, took Wodonga to Ovens and Murray League premierships in 1987 and 1990 and came into wider prominence as a coach with West Perth in the WAFL from 1992 to 1994 when the Falcons made the transition from Leederville Oval to Arena Joondalup – he took them to a grand final in 1993.
Gieschen took over as coach of Richmond late in the 1997 season and had reasonable success until he went the way of most modern Tiger coaches at the end of 1999. He stayed in the limelight as head of the AFL umpires for 14 years.
Gieschen is well known for developing spirit among his playing groups and he’ll have a young list to rev up at Gisborne of the next few years.
In other BFL news Michelsen medallist Brodie Filo has left Eaglehawk and will play for
Shepparton United in the Goulburn Valley Football League next year after a season with Nightcliff in the Northern Territory Football League.