Dual Sturt premiership coach Marty Mattner has been appointed as an AFL assistant with the Adelaide Football Club.
With his Double Blues knocked out of the Macca’s League finals series after yesterday’s loss to North Adelaide in the First Semi-Final, Mattner told his playing group of his intention to accept the role at West Lakes.
It is understood the 36-year-old, who will be one of Crows’ coach Don Pyke’s deputies, will take charge of Adelaide’s defensive structure in preparation for the 2019 season.
In his three campaigns at the helm at Peter Motley Oval, Mattner guided the Double Blues to premierships in 2016 (v the Eagles) and 2017 (v Port Adelaide) before his injury-plagued outfit finished fourth in 2018.
Establishing a ”whole of club” coaching philosophy at Unley, Mattner registered an impressive 43-19-2 win-loss-draw record with the club he played in the 2002 SANFL premiership with.
”In his three years as Senior Coach Marty has proven to be an outstanding leader and mentor taking the Club from eighth position to three League finals series and two premierships,” Sturt’s club statement read on its website.
”Throughout the Club Marty’s influence has set in place the highest standards and a robust culture ensuring his legacy will continue.
”From the Board, Management, staff, volunteers and players we sincerely wish Marty, his wife Chelsea and two sons all the very best for the future.”
Crows Head of Football Brett Burton said the Crows were thrilled to secure the services of a highly sought after coach like Mattner.
“As a player and coach, Marty knows what it takes to achieve the ultimate success,” Burton said.
“Not only is he a quality person but he has a proven record of helping young and experienced players alike improve their games.
“His positive influence at Sturt stretched beyond the League side to the Reserves and juniors, and we look forward to him joining our coaching department.”
CHIEF SANFL WRITER