MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Brian Lake of the Hawks celebrates with the Premeirship Cup during the 2014 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 27, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Three-time premiership Hawk Brian Lake has stepped into a senior coaching role with prominent Victorian local club Caroline Springs.

Lake has been with the Western Region Football League club since 2016 - the year after his final season in the AFL.

The 40-year-old won three premierships, including a Norm Smith in 2013, with Hawthorn to end a decorated career in the top flight that also included a Charles Sutton Medal and two All-Australian selections for his time with the Western Bulldogs.

The key defender has plied his trade on-field with the Lakers across the past seven years, and will now step into the senior coaching role for the local club.

"Caroline Springs Football Club are excited to announce the appointment of Brian Lake as Senior Men's Coach for 2023," a club statement reads.

"Brian is a current Senior Player with the Lakers, playing in our inaugural premiership in 2016.

"There's not much he hasn't achieved in his football career, being a 3x Premiership Player and Norm Smith Medallist with Hawthorn. He also was awarded All-Australian Honours twice and won the Charles Sutton Medal in his Western Bulldogs days.

"Brian has also held various coaching roles as part of our Senior & Under 18's programs since joining the Lakers in 2016.

"We congratulate Brian on his appointment and look forward to continuing the journey with him at the helm."

Lake replaces former Fremantle and Collingwood player Brodie Holland as Caroline Springs' senior coach, who led the club to the minor premiership this year.

Lake joins former Bulldogs teammate Chris Grant in being a senior coach at the WRFL, with the latter helping lead Spotswood's women's side.