Family my priority: Jason steps down from Capras
CENTRAL Queensland Capras are looking for a new head coach just two months into the season following Jason Hetherington's decision to step down.
Jason, who succeeded John Harbin in 2013, announced his decision to resign yesterday afternoon 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," Jason said.
"I've been thinking what's more important in life and, like I said, at the moment family is."
Jason didn't detail what the personal circumstances were but The Morning Bulletin understands it relates to a serious illness to a family member.
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," Jason 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 Jason would be a big loss.
"He's done a great job for the Capras. We're aware of the problems that Jason's family are having at the moment and I certainly offer them sympathy and wish them all the very best going forward," he said.
Assistant coach Lionel Harbin, who worked closely with Jason during the 2014-15 pre-season, will take charge on an interim basis, starting with next weekend's home game against Tweed Heads Seagulls.
"We've asked Lionel if he'd look after things in the short-term," Mr Murphy said.
"We don't have any full-time replacement at this stage."
52 games as CQ Capras head coach
8 State of Origin games for Queensland
Made his first grade debut for University Rockhampton at age 17
Junior club the Baralaba Panthers