Bideford manager Sean Joyce has highlighted the impact Tom Kelly has had on his emerging team.
Kelly joined the coaching staff in the summer and has helped the Robins make an excellent start in the Calor League.
Bideford are second in the Premier Division and unbeaten after nine games ahead of the home meeting with Corby Town tomorrow.
While a number of new players have impressed on the pitch, Joyce says bringing in Kelly, the former Buckland Athletic assistant, has been equally important.
During his playing career, Kelly made more than 240 appearances in two spells with Torquay United. Later he was a Western League winner under Joyce at Bideford.
"He has been one of my best signings," said Joyce. "The respect he gets off the players and the knowledge he has. Sometimes they are sick of hearing my voice. It's a different voice.
"When I was a young pro at Torquay, Tom Kelly was there, he was four or five years older, and I looked up to him. He's got that authority.
"He's hard, he's honest and he's true. He doesn't say things for effect. When Tom talks, it's constructive.
"He takes the warm-up and it gives me more time to set my game plan out with individual players. It makes us more professional."
Increasing his coaching staff has helped Joyce as Bideford have stepped up from the Western League to establish themselves in the Southern League.
The manager worked alone for more than a decade before Rob Francis became his first assistant manager in 2011-12. Rob Dray, who took over from Francis, also remains on the backroom team.
Bideford will be without Craig Duff and Rob Farkins for tomorrow's meeting with Corby as both players serve one-match suspensions. Ashley Yeoman, the new loan signing from Torquay, will come into the squad.
Corby, who are in mid-table, have recently signed former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie.
Bideford are at home again on Tuesday when Chippenham Town are the visitors.