Seagulls Finalise Senior Coaching Appointments
We are pleased to announce our senior coaching appointments for 2016.
Headlining the re-signings is 2015 VFL premiership coach Andrew Collins, who has signed on for another two seasons to be at the helm of the Seagulls as we strive to achieve our first back-to-back VFA/VFL premiership since the successful Gerry Callahan led, 1958-1959 sides.
Collins has been senior coach of the club since its return as a standalone entity in 2014, coaching his side to a 31-11 record in that time.
Andrew is excited about what the future holds for the Williamstown Football Club, speaking shortly after his re-appointment.
"After a terrific year on and off the field for the Williamstown Football Club, I'm rapt to sign for another two years," said Collins.
"There are great challenges that still exist as a standalone club as we compete against aligned and standalone teams."
Despite losing some experienced players to local football, Collins is confident that his talented young list can step up and fill the void.
"In last year's premiership side we had five players who played in the Development premiership the season prior," said Collins.
"There is great enthusiasm among that younger age group of players on our list to fill those spots, and as a coach to have that internal competition is really important."
"It's just a great group to coach."
Joining Collins as a Senior Assistant Coach again in 2016 is 2008 Hawthorn premiership player, Robbie Campbell.
Campbell also came across to the club at the beginning of the 2014 pre-season, largely looking after the young midfield group who have blossomed under his tutelage.
We're also excited to announce the appointment of Michael Ford as the club's Head of Development and Development League Coach for 2016.
Ford comes with a wealth of experience, playing 96 games with Footscray between 1985-1991 and then two games with St.Kilda in 1992, before moving to Sandringham mid-season where he was eventually a member of their 1992 premiership team.
From there, Ford coached Oakleigh in 1994 before coaching Springvale to a VFA premiership in 1995.
Ford returned to the VFL in November 2014 as an Assistant Coach at Casey Scorpions.
He is excited to return to the Western suburbs and take the reins of a Development team that has won the past three premierships.
"I'm extremely excited with being offered the Head of Development role and coaching the Development League team, and can't wait to meet the lads and get started," said Ford.
"Having played with the Bulldogs I've had a long association with the Western suburbs of Melbourne and as so many of my playing mates ended up with the Williamstown Football Club I've always felt a strong affinity with the Seagulls."
"After being so warmly welcomed by Andrew Collins and Chris Dixon through the interview process I feel a powerful sense of belonging."
Collins was just as excited to have Ford on-board.
"Michael will bring great experience, skill and confidence to the role," Collins said.
"He is someone who will add football and life knowledge to our coaching and playing group."
High Performance Manager Cam Micallef has also re-committed for the 2016 season, after a highly successful first season at the club.