The AFL has announced the appointment of Peter Schwab to the position of Director of Umpiring. Schwab will resign his current position as List Manager for the Brisbane Lions and return to the top umpire job he held for 2 years back in 1998 – 1999.
Extensive AFL experience as coach, manager and administrator will assist Schwab in his new duties. He first appeared on the AFL scene as a player with Hawthorn in 1980. After 11 seasons, 171 games and 38 goals his playing career was complete and his coaching and management career began.
Schwab will be replacing Luke Ball, who stepped into the position on a temporary basis for the AFL head office after the April 2016 departure of Wayne Campbell. Campbell left the job to take a senior management position with the GWS Giants club.
Peter Schwab is well respected throughout the league and his experience and leadership is expected by many to make him a great fit for the position. It will take a few days to take care of the departure details from his post in Brisbane and then Schwab will be settling into his new office.
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