Wizza steps down at Seagulls

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Updated: December 23, 2015
Adam Wiseman has stood down as co-coach of Barwon Heads and retired from playing. Picture: VICKI KING
Adam Wiseman has stood down as co-coach of Barwon Heads and retired from playing. Picture: VICKI KING

Adam Wiseman has stood down as co-coach of Barwon Heads. Picture: VICKI KING

FAMILY reasons are behind the decision by Adam Wiseman to step down as co-coach of Barwon Heads.

The 34-year-old had shared the top job at the Seagulls alongside South Barwon premiership teammate James Garvey in 2015, guiding them to their first preliminary final since 2004.

“The missus is working a lot more now, she’s got a new job and she works pretty much every weekend, so it’s really not making it easy time-wise for us,” Wiseman, who is also the father of a four-year-old and two-year-old, said.

“And at this stage (the children) are so demanding 24/7, and you can’t expect one person to do it all at home.

“Carley, my partner, did that this year and it got the better of her, I think. I wasn’t here enough.

“You don’t really understand until footy finishes and how much time you’ve got to spend at home and how much you’ve got to do around the house to help her out.

“It was a big eye-opener for me how much the kids had grown up over one year.”

Wiseman, who played in six premierships with the Swans and in Geelong Amateur’s maiden BFL flag in 2004, had been wrestling with the decision for some time.

“I should have done it a lot earlier,” he admitted.

“I hung on for too long and probably stuffed up Garvs and Barwon Heads a bit more than I should have.

“It’s the hardest decision I’ve made in a while. It’s the first year I’ve started pre-season training with everyone else in nearly 20 years.”

Despite stepping away from coaching, Wiseman hasn’t ruled out pulling on the boots for one last season.

“Maybe not the full 18 games, that’s for sure,” he said.

“But if the missus gives it the all-clear, I’d like to play 10-12 games and help out as much as I can the young boys developing.”

The Seagulls have elevated experienced pair Dylan Holland and Bobby Wallace, who captained the club in 2015, to playing assistant coach roles.

“We’ve obviously disappointed to lose someone of Wizza’s calibre,” Garvey said.

“But it’s good we’ve been able to promote internally.”

Barwon Heads opens its 2016 campaign with a trip to Torquay on Easter Saturday.

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