Do Teachers Make the Best Coaches?



There is a distinctive educational presence among the Williamstown coaching staff in 2016, with seven of the nine coaches having an educational background.


What motivates people to become teachers? A passion to help others become better, says Williamstown premiership coach Andrew Collins.


"The great thing is that most of our coaches were involved in community work before starting their teaching careers," said Collins.


"Combine that with an academic degree over four years and their work experience in teaching young people, they really bring a great skill set."


The individual teaching backgrounds of the coaches cover a vast array of areas, from Physical Education and Maths, to Art and Religion.


"No matter what people say about coaching and teaching, teachers are not all the same," Collins joked.


"As a coaching group we want to be the best coaches we can be for our young playing group."


With six vacancies available after some departures from the 2015 premiership side, and only two seasoned recruits in Ayce Cordy and Arryn Siposs lining up in 2016, there are a number of spots up for grabs for the younger Seagulls to make their own.


Collins named players such as Tim Currie, Michael Gibbons, Jack Johnstone, Brett Bewley, Jake Owen, Jacob Chisari, Liam Griffiths and others as emerging young talents who could step up and fill the void, but also as potential players who could push on to the highest level, such as recent draftees Kane Lambert, Andrew Gallucci and Adam Marcon.


"As a club we want to win premierships and get players drafted to the AFL, and I need quality people to support the players goals," Collins said.


Get a rundown of the 2016 Williamstown coaching staff below:



Andrew Collins - Senior Coach

Bio: Williamstown premiership coach, x3 time Hawthorn premiership player, All-Australian selection (1990), Hawthorn Best & Fairest (1990), 212 AFL games, 3-time state league coach of the year, AFL Assistant coach at St.Kilda, Hawthorn and Richmond, 9-time Victorian state team representative.


Robbie Campbell - Midfield Coach/Second-in-Charge

Bio: 2008 Hawthorn premiership player, 116 AFL Games, Manager of Rookie Me, just became a father and has started a teaching degree.


Michael Ford - Development Coach

Bio: Former Melbourne Grammar Director of Football as well as head of indigenous program, 1995 Springvale VFA Premiership Coach, 98 AFL/VFL games with Footscray and St.Kilda, member of 1992 Sandringham VFA premiership team.


Murray Fielding - Coaching Director

Bio: Coach Performance Manaqer, met long-time friend Andrew Collins at teacher's college at Deakin Burwood, moved away from teaching into banking as a Bank Manager for Westpac, now trains and teaches Bank Managers at Westpac.


Clay Illman - Defensive Assistant Coach

Bio: Works closely with defensive coach Peter Faulks, Director of Football at Penleigh Essendon Grammar School, Physical Education teacher, ex-Casey footballer in VFL, recommended by ex-Seagull Adam Marcon.


Christian Neeson - Defensive Assistant Coach

Bio: Year 10 Coordinator at Trinity Grammar, Maths Teacher, Defensive assistant coach assisting Peter Faulks.


Bruce Norton - Development Midfield Coach

Bio: Development midfield coach, Head of Art at Haileybury College, Former Director of Football at Haileybury College, State school Under 15 coach.


Mark Peterson - Line Coach

Bio: Photographer, Runs own Video Production Company, was specifically requested to photograph a Rolling Stones concert in London.


Ric Castricum - Development Defensive Coach & Chaplain

Bio: Architect, Junior Coach at Scotch College.


Sam Dunell - Playing Assistant Coach

Bio: 2015 Williamstown premiership player, VFL Team of the Year member, 12 AFL games with St. Kilda.


Peter Faulks - Playing Assistant Coach

Bio: 2015 Williamstown Premiership player, VFL Team of the Year member, VFL State team member, 3 AFL games.




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