April 23, 2024

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West Coast Eagles AFLW head coach Daisy Pearce has been named.

After a successful playing career, Daisy Pearce is now the head coach of West Coast’s AFLW team, her first senior position.

The former AFLW player began her coaching career this year as an assistant in Geelong’s men’s team. She will now be in charge of the Eagles, who have only won two games this year.

In what ended up being her final game as a women’s football hero, Pearce led Melbourne to their first AFLW championship in season seven, prompting her retirement from competition in January of this year.

Pearce released a statement saying, “I want to thank the club for everything they have done for me over the last 12 months. It was a difficult decision to leave Geelong.”

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with such amazing colleagues and to have learned so much in such a short period of time.”

Being a senior coach excites me, especially with this young Eagles team that has a tonne of potential. I have a strong sense of obligation to create the ideal atmosphere and strengthen the solid foundations already in place in order to advance this developing group of players.

In 55 AFLW games, the former Demons captain won three All-Australian blazers, three best and fairest honours, and three other club accolades.

On Saturday night, the Demons celebrated their skipper of the premiership by announcing that the Daisy Pearce Trophy would replace the AFLW best and fairest award.

Pearce, a pioneer in women’s football, was also selected four times as the AFL Players’ Association’s AFLW best captain and was the winner of ten VWFL/VFLW premierships.

The 35-year-old and Michelle Cowan, the head of women’s football for the Eagles, collaborated on a project together back when the Demons were still in the VWFL/VFLW before to the AFLW’s debut.

Over the previous three years, Pearce has made an impression in her capacity as a pundit for Channel 7.

CEO of the Eagles Nisbett stated, “We are certainly happy to have someone of Daisy’s calibre join our team.

She joins us at the perfect time to support the expansion and improvement of our team, which is a huge boost for our women’s programme.

Daisy has a proven track record and the qualifications needed to support our young team in realising their enormous potential. I’m positive that our players will be ecstatic about this appointment.

As part of the AFL’s women’s coach acceleration programme, Pearce joined the Cats prior to the 2023 men’s season in the capacity of development coach.

Michael Prior, who took over as the Eagles’ AFLW coach prior to season six, will hand the reigns to Pearce in the next phase of his meteoric climb.

In Prior’s three seasons, the Eagles won five of their 28 games played.

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