2017 - Redcliffe Tigers Under 12 Coach - Shane Ward
The 2017 U12's team couldn't be in better hands, with the appointment of Shane Ward as Head Coach. Shane would be one of the clubs most decorated players and to now have him teaching and mentoring our Young Guns as they enter into premiership football is something all other clubs, and parents would be envious of. Shane's commitment and dedication is 2nd to none, and with the passion he has for our great game and the group of players that he has, this will be a very exciting season ahead.
Below is a brief history rundown from Shane.
I played U17's and Seniors for Alexandra in Country Victoria and also coached Under 14's. Whilst there, I played in 2 Senior Grand Finals for 1 Premiership. In 1999 I moved to QLD and joined the Redcliffe Tigers as a player and Under 8's Coach. During my playing career with Redcliffe, I was extremely lucky to play in 5 more Senior Grand Finals for 4 Premierships, including a B.O.G medal in the 2008 flag and was twice named Senior Club Best & Fairest.
Coaching became a real interest for me and I was appointed Senior Coach in 2007 for a transitional season where we made finals. I have been accredited for Junior Level 1 Coaching through to Senior Level 2 and since taking on the Auskick Coordinator Role in 2012, I have coached Under 8, 9, 10, 11 and this year Under 12.
My greatest football achievement was being named AFL Brisbane North, Junior Coach of the Year in 2013.
This year I will be coaching Under 12's at the Tigers, and I'm extremely excited to see the group (many of whom have been at the club since Auskick/U8's) playing on full size fields, with full AFL rules. This will mean an increase in both fitness levels and strategy, however we will also be aiming for a high skill level.
Coaching this group is a very important role, and as such requires an entire support network for the players. With this in mind, I am extremely happy to have 2 current players (with youth on their side) in Sam Fedorniak and Jesse Davis as Assistant Coaches, Forward and Midfield respectively. As the preseason starts to take shape we will provide more detail on these 2 fantastic coaches.
Many who know me around footy, would know that organisation is something I am 'passionate' about. I have been helped greatly in this regard by wonderful families of players and look forward to this continuing in 2017. Our player numbers are currently looking very good, however the group will always welcome new players, of any experience level to join an exciting age group of footy, and a strong Junior Club.
I am also very lucky to have such a supportive family with wife Kylie, Under 12 son Cohan and 2017 Auskick son Hudson. Being able to combine Family and Footy has seen us all make so many great friends.
The countdown to the first bounce of 2017 has started!
Shane Ward. U12's Coach
Shane can be contacted on: 0403 873 900
The club wishes Shane and the rest of his team all the Very Best for the season ahead.