After stepping aside as coach of Violet Town, Hayden Lamaro plans on some rest and relaxation and spending time with his young family.By Marc McGowan
Resigned Violet Town premiership coach Hayden Lamaro is looking forward to the next chapter of his life in the wake of his side’s finals exit on Sunday.
Demanding work commitments and a young family led to Lamaro informing Towners officials during the season he would not be continuing next year.
Lamaro, 34, and his wife, Donna, celebrated the arrival of their first child, Bella, four months ago.
‘‘It’s been three good years. I love the club, have made some great mates along the way and we’ve achieved a hell of a lot, so where life takes me now, I don’t know,’’ Lamaro said after the Towners’ 28-point loss to Nagambie.
‘‘I’ll just have a rest and a break from it and spend a bit of time with my family.
‘‘I’m an operations manager and I start work at 3-3.30 in the morning and work up to 60 hours a week .
‘‘I get home at 10.30 on a Thursday night (after travelling from Melbourne and back for training) and I’m back at work at 3
Lamaro was a playing coach in his first two years at the helm of the Kyabram District Football League club, but snuck just one game in this season for seven goals.
The former AFL player selflessly didn’t select himself for last year’s grand final, despite being fit enough to resume from a knee injury after two reserves matches.
Violet Town went through the season undefeated and won the decider over Undera by 76 points.
‘‘It was an exceptional year of footy,’’ he said.
‘‘It was great to be fortunate enough to experience that with a wonderful group of guys and it’s a great club to be around.
‘‘My old man (Ray ‘‘Daffy’’ Lamaro) coached there and I coached there, so there’s a fair bit of history.’’
Lamaro did not rule out a return to coaching in the future, but said he was mentally drained and needed a break.
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