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WAFL: Beau Wardman replaces Jarrad Schofield as Subiaco coach

Another piece of the 2019 WAFL coaching puzzle has been finalised, with Subiaco promoting Beau Wardman.

The Lions’ colts premiership coach will take over from Port Adelaide-bound mastermind Jarrad Schofield.

Wardman got the top job after an impressive two-year stint with the colts program, where he took the team from last to first.

He has massive shoes to fill after Schofield guided Subiaco to three flags and five grand finals in six years at the helm.

The 2004 Port Adelaide premiership player avenged two years of grand final heartache to lead the Lions to a resounding 81-point victory over West Perth, capping off an undefeated season.

Beau Wardman.Beau Wardman.
Camera IconBeau Wardman.Picture: The West Australian

The club enjoyed a history-making season, winning flags in all three grades.

“To take over from the legacy Jarrad leaves is exciting,” Wardman told the club website.

“We have a great group of players in the senior program who have the right values and work ethic for success and I will look to build on this culture and continue our on-field success.”

Wardman copped criticism for breaching the official policy designed to prevent teams stacking their back lines during his side’s thrilling two-point grand final win over Swan Districts.

No action was taken against Subiaco after Wardman used two spare defenders in the final two minutes of the match at Optus Stadium.

Wardman admitted he was at fault but claimed miscommunication with his runner was the reason behind two forwards moving into the defensive 50m arc when Swans kicked a goal with just over two minutes to play.

“I might be in trouble because a couple of our boys rolled behind the ball which they are not supposed to do,” Wardman said last month.

VideoThe West Coast Eagles will get a stand-alone team in the WAFL next year.

It’s the second WAFL coaching announcement in as many days after triple premiership captain Jeremy Barnard got the job at East Perth.

West Perth premiership coach Bill Monaghan (East Fremantle) and Geoff Valentine (West Perth) were both appointed last week in a bizarre coaching merry-go-round after Valentine reneged on the Sharks gig.

It leaves West Coast’s stand-alone side, which was approved to entry into the competition in 2019 last night, as the only team without a senior coach.

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