CQ Capras coach quits due to personal reasons
CENTRAL Queensland Capras are looking for a new head coach just two months into the season following Jason Hetherington's decision to step down.
Hetherington, who succeeded John Harbin in 2013, resigned yesterday due to personal reasons.
"We got some bad news over the last couple of months on the home front so I think it sort of crossed my mind in the last month probably more so," Hetherington said.
"I've been thinking what's more important in life, and like I said at the moment, that family is."
Hetherington didn't detail the personal circumstances.
He plans to bid farewell after this weekend's Round 7 clash with the Easts Tigers.
It will be his 52nd game at the helm.
"It's a big commitment. The travel is always a big commitment. They're the things I had to weigh up," he said.
"Obviously being in the game and around footy for 25 years or so my wife understands the commitment that's required, but also I need to show some commitment at home."
Capras chairman Geoff Murphy said Hetherington would be a big loss.
"He's done a great job for the Capras. We're aware of the problems that Jason's family is having at the moment and I certainly offer them sympathy and wish them all the very best going forward," Murphy said.
"It's sad for the Capras but we move on."
Assistant coach Lionel Harbin, who worked closely with Hetherington during the 2014-15 pre-season, will take charge in the interim, starting with next weekend's home game against Tweed Heads Seagulls.
"At this stage we've asked Lionel if he'd look after things in the short term," Murphy said.
"We don't have any fulltime replacement at this stage."