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Old Eltham Collegians have announced the appointment of former club champion, Sam Richardson as senior coach for season 2015.
Ron Chapman the President of Old Eltham said, “We are absolutely delighted that Sam has returned to our club and accepted the appointment. Sam is an outstanding individual with a successful football background.”
“Sam has played senior football in the VFL for the Bendigo Bombers, including the 2006 final and he was a premiership player with Sandhurst in the Bendigo Football League and Waaia.”
Richardson has had a decorated football career and has won multiple bests and fairest awards, including being a three times Old Eltham club champion. Since he stopped playing, Richardson has previously spent two years as assistant coach of the Turtles. Now after a two year stint with his old club Waaia, Richardson has returned to take on the senior role for the Turtles. 
In accepting the role Richardson said, “I am excited about returning to the Turtles and to be given the opportunity of coaching Old Eltham in 2015. I look forward to working closely with the committee and playing group to ensure the club achieves every success in the years ahead.” 
Old Eltham would also like to recognise the contribution of retiring coach Jason McBean and his assistant Andrew Pepyat. 
McBean led the Turtles to the Division 2 preliminary final in 2014, having secured the club’s first senior finals win in a couple of seasons the week prior.