Ben Patrick has advised the Werribee Football Club he will be departing to take up a coaching position with the Essendon Football Club in 2018.
Patrick joined Werribee in 2014 as defensive line coach following stints as playing coach with Barwon Heads in the Bellarine Football League and as a senior assistant coach for the Geelong Football League interleague side, and he has been an integral part of the club’s coaching and player development structure in the time since.
His abilities were formally recognised this year through his appointments to the defensive coaching role with the VFL State Team and a senior coaching role for the AFL Victoria Young Guns game.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time [at Werribee] and have thanked a number of people already for the opportunity they have provided me, none more so than John Lamont as head coach,” Patrick said in a personal statement.
“The players and staff have been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I can say that the friendships made will continue on for a very long time. I know how excited everyone is to now be a standalone club and also moving into an elite facility.
“I am extremely excited by what lies ahead and the opportunity to further my coaching career at the Essendon Football Club, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Lamont paid tribute to Patrick’s work over the past four years and wished him the best of luck going forward.
“He developed great working relationships with both the Werribee and North Melbourne players, he’s diligent, and he really does his homework,” said Lamont.
“He’s secured a role with Essendon and now gets some increased exposure to the AFL, so that’s terrific. It’s a step forward for his coaching, which is what he wants, and I’m excited for him.
“The VFL is a great pathway for players, but it’s a great pathway for coaches, too, so it’s great that Ben gets this opportunity.”
The Werribee Football Club would like to thank Ben for his service over the past four years and wishes him all the best in his new role.