By NEAFL MEDIA
NEAFL Grand Final coaches Rhyce Shaw and Mitch Hahn were recognised for their outstanding seasons at the annual AFL Coaches Association Awards Ceremony on Tuesday night, with both picking up key awards.
Shaw, who guided the Swans to the minor premiership, was named the Atlantic Group Assistant Coach of the Year.
Since his retirement at the end of the 2015 season, Shaw has led the Swans NEAFL side to consecutive Grand Final appearances.
The Assistant Coach of the Year is awarded based on the input from both players and coaches at each club.
Coaches score the overall performance of the assistant and development coaches at their club, allocating each a score out of 10 (10 being the highest score).
Each assistant and development coach will receive an average score out of 10 from their club’s coaching panel, which will be matched by an average score out of 10 from their playing group to determine an overall score.
Sydney AFL coach John Longmire, himself an Assistant Coach of the Year winner in 2006, said he was rapt to see Shaw get the recognition for all his hard work since joining the coaching ranks.
“I am not to certain there has been many development coaches receive this award but it is wonderful reward for what Rhyce has been able to do since retiring,” Longmire told sydneyswans.com.au.
“He has made the transition from playing to coaching look so smooth, even though it is not as easy as what it has been made to look.
“Rhyce is fantastic with relationships, sensational with football knowledge and just a great asset to our football club.”
Hahn’s achievements of taking Brisbane from wooden spooners last year to NEAFL premiers in 2017 did not go unnoticed, with the former Western Bulldog winning the Latrobe University Career and Education Award.
The award is representative of the partnership between the AFLCA and La Trobe University to support and encouraging further study amongst coaches in the AFL system.
The award goes to a coach who has shown exceptional commitment to their professional development as judged by AFLCA Management.
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