Meet The Coaches
The development of our young players is crucial to the club's future, and we know coaches play a crucial role.
West Coast Amateur Football Club invests heavily in our coaching staff and their continual development, with all coaches supported to achieve the highest levels of accreditation and professional development.
With great pleasure, let us introduce you to our coaching panel for the 2018 season...
Rohan McHugh & Curtis Guglielmana
An experienced footballer, coach and school teacher by trade, Rohan McHugh moved to WA from Victoria in 2015 to join SEDA's Fremantle Dockers Sports Development Program. Rohan played and coached in a number of premiership sides in the TAC Cup, VFL and VCFL competitions, and represented VCFL and WACFL State sides in '14 and '15.
In his first year coaching at West Coast, Rohan was a finalist for Claremont District's 2016 Senior Coach of the Year. Building on that momentum in 2017, Rohan coached our A Colts side into the finals, knocking off eventual premiers University along the way.
Rohan will be joined on our senior coaching panel by Curtis Guglielmana, who continues in his role as Reserves Coach. A physiotherapist by trade, Curtis came to the club with a decorated Country Football record and has brought a great deal of professionalism and enthusiasm since joining "the boys from ol' West Coast" in 2017.
Xavier Ellis & Mick Doherty
West Coast Amateur Football Club is pleased to announce the addition of Hawthorn premiership player and ex-Eagle, Xavier Ellis, to the club's coaching panel in 2018. We are excited by the professionalism and experience that Xavier brings, having played for seven seasons under AFL supercoach Alistair Clarkson since he joined the Hawks as a #3 draft pick in 2005. Xavier's appointment is another positive step in the club developing and continuing to invest in providing the best on-field and off-field environment we can for the benefit of all our young players. Welcome to the real West Coast, Xav!
Bringing further experience to the West Coast coaching panel in 2018 is Mick Doherty, who joins the club in a Senior Assistant role with an extensive coaching resume, including three years at the Oakleigh Chargers in Victoria's talent factory TAC Cup competition. Since moving to WA in 2012, Mick also took on an Assistant Coaching role for the State 16s at the WA Football Commission's academy.
Leigh Ashby & David McGlynn
Having grown into the role of Colts Assistant in 2015 and 2016, Leigh Ashby took on the reins for our B Colts side in 2017 and now steps into the Head Colts coaching job for 2018. A talented footballer himself, Leigh is a two-time State 23s player, as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership group and performing a Player Development role on the committee. He was inaugural winner of the club's Young Leadership Award in 2017.
Leigh will be assisted by David McGlynn, who joins us with a keen interest to further his coaching development in 2018 and beyond. David has previously coached a number of our young players when at Cottesloe U/16s and is striving to coach in talent pathways.
Stephen King & Dan Walker
"Kinga" joined West Coast as a player in 2014, and decided he could add some real value to the club by taking on the 3rds League coaching position. In his first year he showed his abilities on and off the field to get the 3s through to a preliminary final. In 2016, he once again coached the 3s to a preliminary final, but fell just short again. Kinga and his 3s then had an amazing 2017, losing only 1 game all season as arguably the best defensive team to finish second on the ladder, they finally got past the preliminary final, and Kinga ended up coaching in and winning his first Grand Final. Kings stats over his 3 years of coaching are impressive to say the least - with a total of 38 wins from 49 regular season games, 4 wins from 8 finals, with the icing of the cake being 1 win from 1 grand final appearance.
Meanwhile, Dan Walker still dines out on the fact a (distant) relative played AFL.
A League Womens
Damian Verazzi & Tal Berman
Damian coached the inaugural Womens team in the Have-A-Go Carnival last year, with great success. He has been at the club for three years and loves it, taking on a Vice-President role as well as his on-field commitments. Growing up playing footy in the Great Southern, Damian moved to Perth for studies and is now a teach at Wanneroo, where he is also involved in the female footy department developing the sport at the school too.
Tal has been a friendly face at the Tigers for many years and is a valued addition to our coaching team. A keen athlete and sportsperson herself, Tal is also a Health and Physical Education Teacher at St Mary's Anglican Girls School.