The Tigers have become the latest TSL team to lock down a coach, unveiling the sought after Trent Baumeler as the club’s new head honcho for season 2018.
Baumeler arrives at Twin Ovals after two seasons at the Hobart City Demons, while also impressing with recent work with the state academy, coaching the Under 17s team.
The new Tigers coach replaces Aaron Vince at the helm, who sensationally stepped in at the last hour following the sacking of Scott Mathieson on the eve of the season.
The Tigers beat off rival suitors to secure the services of Baumeler with North Hobart also keen to secure the young coach for the upcoming season.
While he crosses over from a TSL rival, Baumeler is no stranger to Kingborough, spending two years playing for the club in 2005/06. His yellow and black return makes it the club’s fourth coach since joining the TSL, with the hope that their newest arrival will lead the club to September action.
“The Board believes that Trent will be an outstanding Coach for the Tigers group and we look forward to watching him implement his plan with the playing group beginning with pre-season which will start in the next couple of weeks,” President Steve Old shared on the club’s Facebook page.
Baumeler is excited to take the step up to senior coaching with the title of Tigers Senior Coach sitting well with the former Demons assistant.
“There are only nine of these jobs going around in the state so it is an honour and a privilege to get an opportunity to be a senior coach but the hard work starts now.
“I’ve got to get to work making sure we retain our list, getting pre-season organised and meeting the players and the board to start to assimilate myself into the Tigers Footy Club.”
Baumeler was approached by the Tigers to present for the role of Senior Coach and he says the impressive process and vision the club has made Twin Ovals a desirable destination for his coaching future.
“The board, the facility, the playing list they have been developing over the journey since they came into the TSL were all appealing factors. If we can put some good things in place I think we can make some real quick strides in what we can achieve on and off the field,” he said.
The Tigers faithful are eager to taste success and while Baumeler is similarly keen for improvements on ladder position, he preaches a broader focus.
“It would be beautiful to have some quantum jumps and improve massively in the win/loss column but firstly it is about relationships and culture and getting some structure and standards. Not just in how we play footy but how we act as people around the club and with the footy community.”
While the Tigers opportunity excites, Baumeler admits it was a difficult decision to leave North Hobart.
“It is always hard to leave, you spend two years there and you spend time at a footy club you build relationships, you get close with people and you see their improvement. It is always a difficult decision to move on but when you get an opportunity that is new and exciting, where you can put your stamp on things with a new group it is really hard to pass up.”
The incoming Tigers supremo is confident he is ready for the step up into senior coaching, fulfilling a long-held ambition.
“The good thing about working with Kane (Richter) is he gave the coaching staff a lot of rope to make decisions but also to implement things into the gameplan, to take blocks of training and pre-game stuff. That along with the exposure to the state academy system, working with Matty Armstrong and Lance Spaulding has really helped my development, it enables you to fast track yourself pretty quickly and I feel pretty comfortable sitting in the senior coach’s chair.”
“I spent some time at Hutchins developing my coaching craft and I didn’t want to be one of those blokes that sat back and thought I should have gone and had a crack at coaching TSL level. So there was always that little ambition and Kane (Richter) was great in pushing me to try and become a senior coach so I imagine he is smiling as well.”
In taking on the job, Baumeler wants his 2018 Tigers to be known for defensive pressure and effort.
“Effort is key. We want to play high defensive pressure and I also want the guys to be aggressive with how they use the footy and not be afraid to make mistakes and take the game on and use the big ground with leg speed.
“Defensive pressure and effort for 120 minutes is the first building block and getting that mindset right and the offence will flow from that.”