A former SANFL league footballer with Glenelg and a successful state country coach, Steve Lubcke will be the new man in charge of the Riverton-Saddleworth-Marrabel Hawks for the 2018 North Eastern Football League campaign.
“This is an opportunity to be involved in another country league,” Lubcke said.
“I had explained to the Mallala club management before the finals series that this would be my last year with them.
“Initially I was happy to take a break for a season but this opportunity really excited me.
“I’m coming into a successful environment set up by Zack (Hier) and there is added pressure to perform due to the success the Hawks had under him.
“The club has a strong culture and there is a lot of upside about the current Hawks squad.
“They have a developing group of young talents and that was a part of my vision and template that I was looking for when returning to the coaching ranks.”
Still teaching at Tanunda Primary School, Lubcke is currently 59 and is still keen to continue in the coaching role with the Central Zone at the SA State Country Championships in 2018.
Over the past decade, Lubcke has been a highly successful coach at Tanunda in the Barossa, Light and Gawler competition, and for the past six years with Mallala in the Adelaide Plains league.
Humble about his personal achievements, Lubcke was a highly decorated player who was twice runner up to the Mail Medal when teaching on Kangaroo Island.
He would have played more SANFL league football, but was pigeon holed behind Magarey Medalist Kym Hodgeman and premiership player Craig Marriott as the clubs third rover.
He led the Tanunda Football Club to a premiership in their centenary year, 2008, and two more flags in 2009 and 2010, before abdicating the role.
In the Adelaide Plains competition Lubcke led the Magpies to titles in 2013 and 2016, along with grand final appearances in each of the other years over the past five seasons.
Before returning to coach the Central Zone this year in Murray Bridge, Lubcke was a highly successful coach of the SA country team for five years, completing an undefeated run in his interstate clashes against WA whilst her was in charge.