Tanner has been a stalwart of the Football Club in many areas, and has many years of coaching experience behind him on various levels. His appointment comes after a very thorough and professional process in which the Senior Executive of the club put in place.
“As a club, we are delighted with the appointment, the process conducted was meticulous and very thorough. Our selection team consisted of existing club expertise together with an external HR Consultant and a current SANFL league coach. The decision to offer Paul the coaching position was reinforced by a strong and passionate interview in which Paul presented a strong set of values and behaviours he will be seeking and that matches what the club is looking for” said Onka Valley Football Club President Andrew Adcock.
“Paul has shown on many levels his ability to teach and lead footballers both on and off the field, and as a committee we are convinced this appointment is the correct one for our football club. The further development and education of the game to our playing group is paramount as we continue to strive for the ultimate success. Paul’s ability in being able to achieve this in the past was principal to this appointment.” added Adcock.
Tanner has played over 300 games for the club and has coached nearly every grade in which the club competes. Starting as an 18-year-old, and taking on the coaching of the U12’s right through to being a playing coach of the “B” Grade in 2014 as a 34-year-old. In that time Tanner also played over 200 ‘A’ Grade games at the Club, was the club ‘A’ grade captain for many years and is also a Life Member. His greatest Coaching achievement came in 2012 when taking the Onkas U17’s to a Premiership, and with most of these players now playing Senior Football at the club, this will see a reconnection with these successful times these players shared.
Paul has spent the last 12 months as Assistant Coach at the Imperial Football Club in the River Murray League, gaining great experience and a further understanding of the game in another environment which has further grown his experiences in readiness for this position back at Onkas.
The club is thankful and very appreciative to the many applicants it received, but now looks forward to supporting and working with Tanner in getting the desired result the club so desperately seeks.