After leading Shepparton United to six premierships George Traianidis has taken up the reins as coach of Kyabram Phoenix.DAMEN FRANCIS January 17, 2014 4:05am
The man with the most enviable record in the history of Goulburn North East Football Association’s open women’s competition has landed at Kyabram Phoenix.
George Traianidis led Shepparton United to six premierships in two tenure’s at the helm, but after winning a fourth consecutive flag last season, he is seeking a new challenge.
‘‘Ky looks like an up-and-coming team and they’re really keen to do well,’’ Traianidis said.
‘‘They’ve always been around the mark and it was time for me to make a change.’’
It will be a genuine changing of the guard at Central Park this season, with United stalwarts Megan Carr and Vanessa Loverso retiring after last year’s grand final.
Traianidis joined the Blues in 2004 and immediately guided them to their maiden premiership in a competition that had been dominated by NSW clubs Hanwood and Yoogali since its formation in 2001.
It marked the beginning of an incredible era of dominance, with United playing off in its 10th straight grand final last season.
After three seasons at the helm, Traianidis took charge of the club’s men’s team for seasons 2007 and 2008, before returning to the women’s hot seat in 2009.
The Blues lost to Shepparton South that year, but went on to win the next four grand finals, including last year’s 5-0 win against Cobram.
The Phoenix won five of 14 games and finished fifth last season, under Michelle Milne.
Traianidis said the club would hold its first training session on January 29, when he would have a better idea where the squad needed strengthening and did not rule out new arrivals.
‘‘A couple of players want to come over, a couple from United and a couple from other clubs, so we’ll invite them to training and if they like it they’ll join,’’ he said.
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