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Freedom Coach Nominations

With the retirement of US Freedom Head Coach Wayne Kraska, the USAFL is embarking on a search for a new head coach to lead the US Freedom to the first Women's International Cup in 2011.

Freedom Team Coach Position

Overview

USAFL is the recognized representative organization of Australian Football in the USA and is seeking to fill the Head Coaching position for the United States Freedom, the women's national representative team. Applications are due November 12, 2010.

Responsibilities

The Head Coach is responsible for the on-field performance of the Freedom.  The Coach leads the selection process of the Freedom who will travel to Australia for the International Cup from Aug 6-21, 2011.  The Head Coach is also responsible for recruiting their volunteer assistant coaches.

As with all coach positions, communications are crucial, both on and off the field. Communication skills by both phone and e-mail are critical in this role and the successful applicant must show a history of good communication and a dedication to being the primary link to creating the “team” of potential Freedom players.

The coach will be selected on a combination of skills, including

  • Previous coaching experience (preferred but not required);
  • High level communication skills;
  • Business judgment;
  • Leadership;
  • A demonstrated dedication to the USAFL
  • Solid knowledge of all USAFL team list;
  • An understanding of financial and geographical challenges facing USAFL players
  • Commitment to developing women’s sport in the United States and build new relationships with all relevant stakeholders; and
  • An ability to “bring into the fold” and educate players who may be relatively new to the game of Australian Football.

The coach will be required to attend a certain number of regional camps per year as well as various Freedom selection games, some (but limited) financial support may be available for travel.   This is a volunteer position and will be appointed to run though the end of 2012.  The appointed Head Coach will be required to pay the same proportion of costs as the players.

Background on the United States Freedom

The Freedom is the National team of the United States Australian Football League (USAFL). The USAFL is focused on developing women’s footy and building the National team over the next year with the aim of competing in the 2011 International Cup.  Travel during 2010 and 2011 will likely involve domestic travel for training camps, possible tournament entries and international matches. In 2011, the Freedom hope to place at the 2011 International Cup.

Application Deadline

All applicants for the position must send a cover letter and resume in electronic format to Doren James, USAFL Operations Manager by close of business on November 12, 2010.

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