Daisy Pearce, Erin Phillips on AFLW coaching fast-track as league announces new program

Erin Phillips smiles, pictured in a Port Adelaide jumper at Alberton Oval

Melbourne AFLW captain Daisy Pearce will kick off her coaching career at Geelong after she finishes playing.

Key points:

  • Daisy Pearce says she remains committed to Melbourne as a player
  • Erin Phillips will undergo the AFL’s new women’s coaching program with Port Adelaide
  • The coaches all receive a formal mentorship with a senior men’s AFL coach and a level-three AFL coaching accreditation

Geelong have landed Pearce as part of the AFL’s women’s coach acceleration program, where top female coaches will be employed by an AFL club for a minimum two-year period between now and 2025.

Pearce, 34, has already committed to playing in the upcoming season, which starts in August, but her playing career beyond that is uncertain.

“I’m thrilled about coaching opportunities when my playing days at Melbourne have finished,” Pearce said in a statement.

“When that is honestly I’m not sure, but coaching is something that excites me when the time is right. I’m grateful for Geelong’s interest and Melbourne’s ongoing support.

“For the season ahead, my focus remains on representing the Melbourne Football Club and being the best player and teammate I can be.

“Going one step further and winning the flag is my dream and I can’t wait to get stuck into another pre-season with the girls.”

Pearce is the only candidate who is not completing her coaching pathway at the club she is currently playing or involved at.

Erin Phillips smiles, pictured in a Port Adelaide jumper at Alberton Oval
Erin Phillips has sealed a switch to Port Adelaide, and will continue with the Power as a coach in future.(Getty Images: Sarah Reed)

“Daisy has incredible knowledge of the game itself and we think she has enormous potential to coach football at the highest level,” Geelong general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.

Author: Ivan Robinson