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Rivers to lead VFL Magpies

Rivers takes the reins Watch newly appointed VFL magpies coach Jared Rivers discuss his desire to bring success in his new role.
Jared Rivers held a full-time role as a development coach at Collingwood in 2016. Photo: AFL Media.

Jared Rivers has been rewarded for an impressive first year in the coaching ranks, securing the role as Collingwood’s VFL coach in 2017.

The former Melbourne and Geelong defender joined Collingwood as a development coach after retiring at the end of the 2015 season, working directly with the club’s VFL program.

Rivers’ appointment follows the departure of VFL coach Dale Tapping and while he admits it’s come earlier than expected, he is excited by the opportunity to lead his own side.

“Joining Collingwood 12 months ago was about immersing myself in coaching, working in a strong program, putting to use the things that I learned over my 13 years as a player and knowing whether it was for me or not,” Rivers said.

“The answer came to me pretty quickly, actually. I loved the environment, the work of teaching the game and the collaborative nature of working with players, coaches and the dynamics at play in a high performance environment.

“To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be coaching a team in my own right in my second year but I was very fortunate to work by Dale Tapping’s side this year and learn from some other fantastic football people in the Collingwood program.”

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Rivers retired from the AFL at the end of 2015 after three seasons with the Cats (44 games) and ten years with the Demons (150 games).

He coupled his playing career with coaching roles at Xavier College and Geelong's VFL team while also completing the AFLPA's Next Coach Program.

Senior Coach Nathan Buckley said Rivers made the transition from player to coach with great ease.

“Jared has been with us for 12 months and in that time has made a really strong impact with his football intellect and feel for coaching,” Buckley said.

“He knows our program, he is ready for the next stage of his development and has committed himself to coaching; to teaching the game and helping to develop players and great teams.”