MUFC Profile: Women’s coaching structure at Manly United
AFTER losing almost a dozen first grade players in the off-season, 2019 was always going to be a rebuilding year for the Manly United women’s squad.
Rather than panic, Technical Director Sharon Egger, head coach Chris Williams and Reserve Grade mentor Tom Hopley quickly got to work.
“In a perfect world, some of the girls would have stayed, but life often gets in the way,” Egger said.
“A couple retired, others are finishing university degrees, switched clubs or chose to travel overseas, it happens.
“We lost up to 11 key players in one hit, any team will struggle trying to quickly fill that void.
“The silver lining was that it gave us the opportunity to promote from within.
“After that on a personal level, the players themselves had to sink or swim.”
Manly’s jewel in the crown has always been its talented juniors – involving those in the SAP program and then the 14s, 15s and 17s.
“We decided quite a few years ago to focus on two key areas – identifying and nurturing talent and also investing in talented coaches,” Egger said.
“Some players surprise you, others fall short when it comes to expectation.
“But we are doing something right – recently we has six players picked in the under-12 state team, which was absolutely incredible.
“Going forward, Manly needs to stay an NPL 1 club, the elite pathway has to be there for youth development.
“We have always punched above our weight, we (coaches) keep finding ways to be better.
“I’m confident we will be OK, survival and then building in key areas is paramount.”