Cobram junior coach Jason Kerr was awarded youth coach of the year at the 30th Goulburn Murray Coaches Association dinner at the weekend.
Hosted at Cobram Barooga Golf Club, the annual event recognises and awards coaches in all age groups across all leagues in the region.
With Peter ‘‘Crackers’’ Keenan as the key note speaker, a packed house helped the function live up to its reputation as a huge celebration of local sport.
After finishing his playing career in 2004 and taking on the senior coaching role, club stalwart Kerr took the reins of the under-17 team in 2015.
A modest Kerr said the award was a terrific honour, but watching junior players rise through the ranks of the club was the biggest reward.
‘‘I’ve played footy all my life and I wanted to do more than just sit on the sidelines and watch,’’ he said.
‘‘I decided to get out there and try to make a difference.
‘‘It’s a pretty good feeling to see someone I coached as a young player progress to senior levels of our club and beyond.’’
Kerr said he had enjoyed his time as junior coach, despite not tasting victory in a grand final.
‘‘We’ve played in two grand finals and a preliminary final and lost them all, but I’m keen to stay on and hopefully that will change,’’ he said.
‘‘Junior coaching has its challenges. Making sure the kids enjoy playing and making sure everyone gets enough game time is something you always have to consider.
‘‘But the fantastic help I get and the great bunch of kids I’ve worked with over the years has made my job easy.’’