Meet our 2017 Head Coaches
PREMIER DIVISION (M) – Steven Pollock
Joining UNSW/ES Bulldogs in 2017, Pollock is our Premier Division Head Coach.
PREMIER DIVISION (W) – Tracey Kick
Reigning Premiership coach, Tracey Kick is once again taking on the Head Coach responsibilities for our Premier Division women’s team. A mad Brisbane Lions fan, Kick says taking the women all the way to their inaugural premiership was a career highlight to date.
Her favourite thing about coaching is sharing knowledge, skills and experience whilst building a strong culture in the playing group.
When asked to name three words to describe her coaching style, she reverts back to the Stingrays coaching philosophy: opportunity, leadership and enthusiasm which has quickly found a warcry in #OLE.
She’s quick to point out that her and the other coaches work on behalf of the players, and is looking to the squad to want to work for each other whilst having fun and building friendships at the same time.
If she was down to her last $10, she’d back Div 5 men to the Premiership in 2017, noting they’ve given it a good crack over the years and deserve one if they put in the hard yards.
UNDER 19s – Steve Chichester
After taking the young Bulldogs all the way to the Grand Final last year, Steven ‘Chitty’ Chichester is back at the helm in 2017 and has his eyes firmly on the prize. He’s no stranger to the pressure of the big dance, having coached junior teams in the Grand Final for the last seven years in a row.
A recent Crows convert following the signing of Bulldogs star Ben Davis in this year’s rookie draft, Chitty says his favourite thing about coaching is seeing the respect each player has for one another purely by crossing the white line together.
Enjoyment, respect and communication are key words that come to mind when it comes to Chitty’s coaching style, and he’s looking to use his experience to again take the squad to a repeat Grand Final appearance.
He’s a crowd favourite at the Bulldogs and loves to see the camaraderie extend across the entire playing group. The thing that brings him back to footy each year is the friendship – not just for himself, but for all team members who can go on to form lifelong bonds.
DIVISION TWO (M) – Tom Williamson
DIVISION FOUR (M) – Dennis Rider
DIVISION 5 – Paul Grafen
Division Five Coach Paul Grafen is no stranger to on field success, having played in a premiership winning team in 2003 before hanging up his boots and taking on coaching responsibilities at the Bulldogs.
The Brisbane Lions fan says his favourite thing about coaching is developing players to become good footballers and play in successful teams, but states it’s important that they have fun whilst doing it.
With a success oriented coaching style that epitomises collaboration and communication, he’s hoping his team has a rewarding year on the field and an enjoyable one off the field.
He’s quick to put his money where his mouth is as well, noting he’d throw his last $10 on his boys to go one better in 2017 and take out the Granny come September.
DIVISION ONE (W) – Kate Edwards
A coach of few words, Kate Edwards is back in charge of the Division One women’s team in 2017.
Edwards, a former Welsh international netballer, freely admits her coaching style is dictatorial (albeit aspirational and inspirational) and is aiming for the team to make their first finals appearance since forming in 2014.
She credits the energy the players bring / that she can help them create as her favourite thing about coaching, and names seeing the Premier Division women win the title in 2016 as her chosen football highlight to date.
Calling it early on in the piece, the Giants’ supporter is putting her last tenner on the team going back to back in 2017.