Bec Goddard, the AFLW coach for the Hawthorn Hawks, has announced that she is stepping away from coaching and retiring from the profession. She has had a successful career, including winning the inaugural premiership as the coach of the Adelaide Crows in 2017. She then moved on to coaching the expansion side Hawthorn for two seasons, starting as the VFLW coach in 2019 before transitioning into the top flight. Goddard stated that the time was right for her and the club to part ways, and the Hawks have already begun the search for a new senior coach.
Goddard expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to lead Hawthorn as its first AFLW senior coach, calling it a dream come true as a lifelong supporter of the team. She thanked the players, coaches, and staff for their support, love, and care over the past two seasons. The announcement of her retirement has marked the end of an era for the Hawks, and they will now be looking to fill the coaching position for the upcoming season.
Goddard has had a significant impact on the AFLW, coaching two different clubs in its early years and achieving success with both. Her retirement signals a change for Hawthorn, and they will now need to find a new leader to guide the team in the upcoming season. The search for a new senior coach has begun, and the club will be looking for someone to build on the foundation that Goddard has laid over the past two seasons.
Overall, Goddard’s retirement marks the end of a successful coaching career in the AFLW. She has contributed to the growth of the women’s game and leaves behind a legacy of success with the teams she has worked with. The upcoming season will bring new opportunities for both Goddard and the Hawthorn Hawks as they navigate a changing landscape in the AFLW.
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