The first major North Coast Football coaching change has Richard Evans move from Sawtell Scorpions to take over as head coach with Northern Storm.
Club president Michael Lloyd said the appointment was the first of big changes in store for the new season.
"Having built a highly competitive Premier League side, Jade Porter is stepping down to spend more time with his family," Lloyd said.
"Storm has managed to recruit Richard who brings a wealth of experience and great technical knowledge of the game, having worked for many years in senior coaching positions at zone level and for various clubs," he said.
"We liked what we saw him do with the Scorpions, lifting that club into the top four and were keen to get him involved."
Evans already has new faces in mind and said certain players could expect a tap on the shoulder soon.
"The club already has a good roster and I've given the management a list of those from outside I think may strengthen us and we should talk to," Evans said.
"Also, I want to have a good look at the kids coming out of the 17s and 15s age division and how we can guide them towards the future strength of the teams"
Storm Reserve Grade men will also have a new coach, with long-time clubmen Tony Milner taking the reins and Craig McGregor assisting. Both Tony & Craig have coached & played football at very high levels and will bring a new level of discipline to the club.
Now back in Women's Premier League, the club is looking to build on its youth talent to develop into a serious force in women's football. Michael Lloyd will be taking the reins as Women's Head Coach.
The club will hold a meet and greet for all Seniors 6pm this Friday 10th Oct at the Moonee Beach Tavern.
Pre-season training begins on January 13 for all Senior squads.