BOX HILL has completed the VFL senior coaching picture with highly-credentialled assistant Clint Proctor promoted into the Hawks' top job for next season.
Proctor, 36, was a talented player who put together 120 VFL games with Williamstown and Frankston before moving into coaching, leading St Albans in the Geelong league in 2013-14 and taking the Burnie Dockers into two Tasmanian State League preliminary finals in a three-season stint from 2015-17.
He spent two seasons as an assistant under Andy Collins at the Seagulls before moving to the Northern Blues shortly before that alignment was wound up early in 2020 due to COVID reasons.
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Proctor then reunited with Collins at Box Hill as forwards coach under Sam Mitchell this season, making him an ideal appointment to carry on the Hawks' program.
Proctor will work underneath celebrated coach Collins after the latter's appointment as Hawthorn’s head of development, with AFL development coach and former Adelaide Crow Andy Otten to be his senior assistant.
An AFL Level 3 high performance coach, Proctor spent three years as AFL Tasmania's sport development officer when he was at the Dockers and last year founded an app called Check-me, which helps sporting clubs and members build social connections and safe environments to manage mental health.
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Hawthorn's general manager of VFL and VFLW Daniel Napoli said Proctor had quickly built a strong reputation in player development and culture.
"Clint is an amazing cultural fit and has proven this over the course of 2021, building strong relationships with Box Hill players and staff as well as doing some strong work developing Hawthorn-listed players," Napoli told boxhillhawks.com.au.
"He's a Level 3 accredited coach who sees the game really well and has had experience coaching his own side at State league level.
"He also spent some time at Williamstown as an assistant coach as well as at the Northern Blues before crossing to Box Hill under Sam this year."
New Hawthorn coach Mitchell said Proctor's promotion helped build the Hawks' "one club" approach.
"Having worked alongside Clint this year, I was really impressed with his tactical nous and his unrelenting desire to develop his players," Mitchell told the club website.
"He's had some really strong experiences throughout his coaching career to date, so we felt he was very much ready to take on this next challenge.
"With Hawthorn drafting two Box Hill-listed players this year (Lachie Bramble and Jai Newcombe), we saw the benefit of the relationship and I have full faith in Clint's ability to make the Hawthorn-Box Hill connection even greater."
Barring any more surprise changes, Proctor's appointment means all 21 VFL clubs have their coaches in place for 2022, with Brent Stanton (Essendon), Ben Hart (Northern Bullants), Adam Skrobalak (Port Melbourne) and Steve Morris (Richmond) being the other new arrivals.