The Western Sydney Wanderers have appointed Kat Smith as their A-League Women head coach for the next two seasons.
Smith is the current assistant coach for the Junior Matildas and head coach for Alamein FC in the NPLW Victoria, where she is also an AFC/FFA Pro Licence holder.
Having also worked alongside Jeff Hopkins at the Melbourne Victory as an assistant coach, winning the 2018 Female Coach of the Year she will also be supported by new Wanderers Head of Women’s Football Tom Sermanni.
Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson expressed his excitement on the new appointment.
“Kat has had such a range of experience and leads the direction in where we want to go as a club in building our women’s team and program,” Hudson said.
“It is very important that we give opportunities to young domestic coaches and we build the team over the next two seasons to breed consistency and success.
“We are also proud to have Tom Sermanni involved to help guide and mentor one of the best up and coming coaches in the country.”
Her first head coaching role in the A-League Women, Kat Smith is excited to start the role.
“It’s really exciting. The timing of the opportunity couldn’t be any better given it’s on the eve of the boom of women’s football in this country. I’m really excited to take on this opportunity at such a big club and ride that wave to bring success on and off the field,” said Smith.
“In sport, we know that continuity does drive performance. Success breeds off the back of that so to have the opportunity to build that over the next two seasons is something that I hope will lead towards results and success.
“Obviously, there’s the aspiration in this league to make Finals as that is the structure in place for the Liberty A-League competition.
“My driver is to be the best version of myself for these players as they have so many opportunities in front of them. For me personally, it’s bringing something to their journey and to their lives that’s positive and that’s going to create change and success for them.”
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