TAC Cup coaching legend Robert Hyde may have retired from the Calder Cannons at the end of 2006 but the record-breaking mentor will still be helping to develop Victoria’s most promising young footballers in 2007.
Hyde, who coached a TAC Cup record 218 matches with the Cannons, has been named coach of the Victoria Country team for next year’s NAB AFL Under 18 Championships.
The former Collingwood and Essendon player had extensive coaching experience in metropolitan Melbourne and with Fitzroy’s under-19s before starting with the Cannons in 1996.
In 11 seasons at Calder he won three premierships and competed in five grand finals in his final six years at the helm.
Hyde takes over from Leon Harris, who has coached both the Victoria Country under-18 and under-16 teams for the past 10 years.
Harris will continue to coach the under-16 team as part of his new full-time role at Football Victoria as High Performance Coach, which he starts on January 15, 2007.