Nowadays, there are a lot of AFL coaches who come from non-football proffessions. According to Dr Fraser Carson, a Deakin University coaching expert, some coaches may have different coaching professions, and others may have a particular form of higher education before they started a coaching career.
Because of this, a new career path has opened for many people who want to establish a career in the Australian football industry. However, coaches with an extensive range of experiences and qualifications have a more substantial advantage, sporting or otherwise.
A New Point of View
Dr Carson specified that most of the successful Australian coaches are from different career backgrounds. In general, today’s successful coaches are applying their own unique experiences to aspects of their role as a professional AFL coach.
Here are a few of the well-renowned coaches today who came from different industries before they began their position in the sports industry and are inspiring a new generation of coaches today.
- Michael Cheika, a coach for Australian rugby union, was formerly working in the fashion industry.
- Lisa Alexander was a previous teacher of Maths and Physical Education before she became an Australian netball coach.
- Ric Charlesworth, a national coach for the Australian Women’s Hockey Team, was formerly a politician.
- Bec Goddard, an Adelaide Football Club head coach, and Wayne Bennett, a Sydney Rabbitohs NRL head coach, are both former police officers.
Coaching may not have been their first career, but the interpersonal leadership skills that were developed at their previous job, supplemented their passion for sport.
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