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Post by Mickyj on Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:58 pm

The WWTFC would like to advise you of a number of structural changes and subsequent appointments within our Centre of Excellence following a significant review of our junior program.

The role of Talent Manager, held by Shane Grimm, will also encompass the U/18 coaching role from 2011 onward. Shane has been instrumental in developing the WWTFC Centre of Excellence program since coming to the Club in 2007 and has significant coaching experience having formerly coached at both junior and senior level within the SANFL and Hills Football League.

The decision to make this change had meant that 2010 U/18 coach, Terry Hutton, was advised that his contract would not be renewed for 2011. We are pleased that Terry was not lost to the SANFL competition in being announced as South Adelaide’s Reserves coach and thank him for his contribution to the Club over the past 7 years.

Although we are proud of the record of our existing program, we have a fundamental belief that we must continue to embrace and provide more resources to our Development squads (U/13 through U/16), as well as both our metropolitan and country zones. As such, the Club has seen fit to employ the services of a Development Manager; this position will be filled by Darren Hams.

Darren has considerable experience in a role such as this having worked as the Port Adelaide Magpies Development Manager from 1997 to 2005. Since then Darren has coached at various levels both senior and junior within our metropolitan zone and was our U/16 coach and U/18 assistant coach in 2010. These coaching positions become part of the Development Managers role with Darren commencing on November 1.

These structural and personnel changes have been designed to maximise the return that the Club receives from its junior program. Although we boast 76% of our senior list coming from within our zones (the most in the SANFL), we are confident that we can and will do it better with this structure.

We will advise members of our senior coaching panel once all positions are confirmed.


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