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SMJFL appoints David Sheridan as new Director of Coaching (Interleague)

The South Metro Junior Football League is pleased to announce the appointment of David Sheridan as the Director of Coaching of the SMJFL Stars Interleague Program. David has been appointed for the next three years, ending October 2018.

The SMJFL Stars Interleague Program comprises of seven representative teams, with two teams in the Under 13 boys, Under 14 boys & Under 15 boys age groups; and one team in the Under 16 girls age group.

The SMJFL Stars participate in the AFL Victoria Metropolitan Junior Championships in the Under 14 boys, Under 15 boys and Under 16 girls’ age groups. With the Championships forming part of the AFL talented player pathway.

The SMJFL Stars also have two Under 13 boys’ teams which participate in the U13 Tri-league Interleague Carnival.David Sheridan

David brings to the league a wealth of experience to the position. In 2015, he was the Under 15 Division 2 interleague coach. He is a Level 2 Accredited AFL coach and a regular presenter at Level 1 and 2 Coaching courses, as well as League coach development seminars, particularly on the role of Coaching Director and Game Plan Development. David is currently collaborating with AFL Victoria in the development of a Coach Co-ordinator Accreditation Program. He currently holds the Coaching Director role at Hawthorn Citizens in the YJFL and has coached at Mentone Grammar. David was also a Board member of the Southern Football League in Victoria. Originally from Adelaide, now living in Melbourne, David played in the SAFA and VFA in the 80s and 90s.

David Sheridan, said of the appointment, “I am very excited to work on the development of coaches and players who represent our league in the AFL Victoria Metropolitan Junior Championships and the Interleague Tri-Carnival.  My goal is to work with the coaching team to deliver a positive football experience for all involved in the program. The league theme of “it’s all about the kids” will be a central tenant. I want every coach to ensure that each player is treated with respect and offered feedback on the things they do well and areas for improvement.

I am acutely aware of the significant contribution of parents arranging their lives to enable the boys and girls to be transported to training, matches and events. Once we settle the final teams we will look to bring the parents “into the tent” to ensure they feel part of the camaraderie. Importantly, I look to working with the Sandringham Dragons, Oakleigh Chargers and Dandenong Stingrays, to provide a cooperative environment with the players’ development and welfare at its heart.”

David’s role includes the appointment, mentoring and review of all interleague coaches. He is also responsible for the development of the interleague structure and a number of key policies & guidelines. David will also act as the liaison with the three local TAC Cup Clubs in the SMJFL region, who are an ongoing major stakeholder of the league.

Jake McCauley, General Manager of the SMJFL, said David’s appointment will allow the league to greatly enhance the existing interleague program.

The league is delighted to secure David, given his vast experience and expertise. David committing for three years gives the interleague program great surety. The league aspires to have the best interleague program (both on & off the field) in Melbourne and we are confident that David can help achieve that.”

The SMJFL would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Director of Coaching, Tim Marshall. Tim was appointed for one year and could not continue in the role, due to work commitments. The league thanks Tim for the significant role he had in assisting the league to setup the SMJFL Stars Interleague Program for 2015.

For further information, please contact SMJFL General Manager, Jake McCauley.

Jake McCauley                      
General Manager
South Metro Junior Football League
P: 03 9553 5985