The Woden Valley Rams have announced Lincoln Withers as their First Grade coach for the 2019 season.
The news comes off the back of a fairytale season for Withers, as he helped his junior club break a 22 year Premiership drought by kicking the winning field goal on Grand Final day.
Woden President Steve Hicks said that Withers’ appointment demonstrates that the Rams are a family club.
“When considering this appointment it was important that we had a head coach who knows the culture and history of the club,” Hicks said. “Not only does Lincoln understand our club history and values, he is respected by the playing the group and is vastly experienced as both a player and coach.”
Lincoln becomes the second member of his family to coach Woden’s First Grade side after his father, Trevor, led the club in the early 80s.
Withers’ appointment comes after Ash Barnes was named as coach of the Canberra Raiders Jersey Flegg side.
Hicks said that despite their disappointment in seeing Barnes leave, it also filled them with pride to see him move on to his new role.
“It was disappointing to lose Ash Barnes after all of his efforts over the previous four seasons, but we see his appointment as the Raiders 20s coach as a testament to our system of giving young blokes a go,” Hicks said. “We cannot thank Ash enough for the years of commitment and incredibly hard work that he has put into the Rams.”
Withers has previous coaching experience in the Canberra Raiders Cup for the Gungahlin Bulls and has coached the Woden Weston Rams Under 16’s team. He also played 267 professional matches that saw him represent the Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers, St. George Illawarra, Crusaders and Hull K.R.