Jimmy Atkins has been appointed coach of Laurimar’s senior men’s football team for the 2021 season.
Atkins has previously coaching experience in the NFNL, having served as coach of Whittlesea for three seasons during its previous foray in Division 1 between 2016 to 2018.
He was senior assistant to Garry Ramsay at Montmorency in 2019 and was also a member of the coaching panel for the NFNL senior men’s representative side that last year defeated Geelong FNL to claim the No.1 place on the AFL Victoria Community Championships Rankings.
Atkins played over 200 senior games with Whittlesea, Hurstbridge and Kinglake, and won Division 2 premierships with the Eagles in 2013 and Bridges in 2003.
A statement released by Laurimar said Atkins was the perfect candidate to take on the senior coaching role.
“Jimmy shares the club’s philosophy and vision for development of our junior players into senior ranks,” the statement read.
“He has a strong club spirit and great personality that endears him to all.”
Atkins replaces Justin Sherman, who stood down in July after three years at the helm.
He guided the Power to a fourth-place finish in Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 in 2018 in just its second season in the competition, before making a preliminary final appearance last year.