He was a Premiership player for the club in 2003 and in 2018 he is the main in charge of leading North Hobart back toward footy’s promised land.
Richard ‘Bear’ Robinson has been confirmed as North Hobart’s new coach for season 2018, following the recent departure of General Manager and Coach, Kane Richter.
Robinson steps up to the top job after fulfilling the role of assistant at the club. The experienced journeyman has been in the system for some time, including serving as an assistant in Clarence’s 2010 premiership and after serving a lengthy apprenticeship, the man they call ‘Bear’ is now ready to take charge.
“I thought this group needs someone that has been there for the last couple of years to keep improving and to continue the journey and it is about time I got out of my comfort zone a bit and had a crack.
“It has always been an ambition but you just never think you are going to get the chance.”
The self-confessed footy nut said he fell out of love with the game and it was a return to his home club to work with Kane Richter that rekindled his affinity for the game.
“Five or six years ago I nearly took on the Glenorchy job but I stayed at Clarence and then coached at St Virgils. Obviously, my time at the Saints wasn’t ideal and I sort of lost my love for the game a bit and lost a bit of confidence. And then in the last few years with Kane (Richter), I got that love back again.
“When Kane (Richter) decided to move I decided to throw my hat in the ring (for the job).
While he was in favour of the change back to the traditional moniker, it was not the shift to North Hobart that inspired ‘Bear’ to put his hand up for the top job.
“Whether we were called Hobart City or North Hobart I didn’t care, I was still keen to have a crack at it. It is the people and the players that are important.”
He played in the club’s last premiership 14 years ago and is keen to steer the Dees back up the top end of the ladder but acknowledges it will not be a quick journey.
“It has been a big part of my life and I’ve made some lifelong friends that are still very close today and it is nice that they are going to jump back on board and help the club.
“I’m here to keep developing these kids and continue the work Kane started.”
To see the Demons breakthrough for a finals berth, a greater emphasis will be needed on pressure, Robinson explains.
“Defensively we need to get better we have conceded too many points, all around the ground we need to create a stronger emphasis on restricting the opposition and create more pressure.”
Plenty has been made of fellow former Demons assistant Trent Baumeler’s move to the Tigers, and what it may mean for the Demons playing stocks. Robinson welcomes a friendly rivalry between the two young outfits with his mate now a worthy adversary.
“We are good friends, we were on the phone having a good laugh looking at the paper. Kane Richter thinks he is the Alastair Clarkson of the TSL.
“It is good he has an opportunity as well, he deserves it and I wish him all the best.”