Wrigley Named AFF Head Coach

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Auckland Football confirmed on Thursday the appointment of Tracy Wrigley as Head Coach for the region’s National Women’s League side for the upcoming 2018 season.


Alongside Wrigley, Liam Martin has been named her assistant for the upcoming NWL season, with the pair already working closely together at the helm of Papakura City in the Lotto NRFL.


Federation Development Manager, Nic Downes believes the appointment is a perfect fit for a campaign which AFF will also use as a learning environment for other AFF club coaches and staff.


“We’re really happy with the appointment of Tracy and look forward to the season ahead,” Downes said.

“Last season we established a purpose, playing philosophy and coaching approach, and believe that Tracy’s own philosophy and approach aligns to what we want to achieve as a federation.”


“Having two coaches involved who have been part of the NZF advanced coaching pathway was a key consideration to us, as well as looking at who is working within our region in the NRFL. Understanding our landscape, as well as the coaching model and process, is key to creating a quality environment the players can succeed in, as was the case last year.”


Holding an OFC/NZF B License, Wrigley is currently part of the NZF Female Coaching Scholarship and in the process of completing her OFC/NZF A License. Martin, who holds a USSF C license, is in the process of attaining his NZF/OFC B License.


Having previous experience in the NWL, Wrigley led the team in 2016 and is relishing the opportunity provided in leading the defending champions this time around.


“We’ve got big shoes to fill and the bar has been set nice and high, we’ve got a really good platform to work from,” Wrigley said.


Trusting the dynamic of working with Martin this season, Wrigley says the experience of working in the Lotto NRFL Women’s Premier Division prior to the NWL is something that’ll prepare the duo for the challenge ahead.


“Previously I came into the NWL from coaching a Men’s team in the Men’s league and it didn’t really give me much insight into what I was in store for.”


“This time around though, it’s a different competition layout, we’ve got an extra round and it will give us the opportunity to evolve tactically and bring the group together for a longer period of time.”


“I only see positives ahead of this season, Liam has worked with most of the girls on the field and I’ve seen how he interacts with the girls, he brings them together, which allows them to evolve quicker.”


“It’s really huge working with Liam, he’s been fantastic, last year he enjoyed his own success when he brought Papakura up from the Conference league.”


The National Women’s League commences on September 16th, with the draw yet to be confirmed.


Head Coach: Tracy Wrigley
Assistant Coach: Liam Martin
Media Officer: Mark Casson

Article added: Thursday 02 August 2018


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