Women's Coaching Stories

Narelle Smith

AFTER more than two decades in the game Narelle Smith loves footy as much as she ever has, but the pioneering South Australian admits it can be a battle too.
A battle fought on two fronts.
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Sam Virgo

Sam Virgo absolutely loved playing football.
So it surprised the Gold Coast captain when her decision to retire at the end of the 2021 AFLW season wasn't accompanied by the feelings of sadness and loss that so many athletes experience at the end of their careers.
The opportunity to pursue her coaching dream beckoned.
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Alicia Eva

Not a female football coach – a football coach.
It was an important distinction Alicia Eva made early in her coaching journey that helped her move past some of the prejudices she encountered as a woman in a male-dominated field.
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Michelle Cowan

There's not much Michelle Cowan hasn't done in football over the course of her decorated career.
Over the past 20 years, Cowan has been a senior coach, an administrator, a talent scout, an assistant coach, a development coach and a mentor in women's and men's football programs.
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Bec Goddard

Bec Goddard thought she'd reached the top of the mountain when she coached Adelaide to the inaugural NAB AFLW premiership in 2017.
After years of hard work, Goddard had blazed a trail from leading teams at community level to coaching in the country's elite female competition that other women could follow in the future.
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