AFLW’s First Premiership Coach Bec Goddard Announces Retirement


Bec Goddard, the first premiership coach of AFLW, announced her retirement from the role, leaving Hawthorn as the fourth AFLW club looking for a new senior coach.

Bec Goddard’s Retirement

After a successful stint as the senior coach of Hawthorn’s AFLW team, Bec Goddard announced her retirement from the role, leaving the club in search of a new coach. This news comes shortly after other AFLW clubs, including Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, and West Coast, made changes to their coaching staff.

Goddard’s Impact on AFLW

Bec Goddard played a pivotal role in the AFLW, coaching Adelaide to their first premiership in 2017. She also served on the league competition committee, showcasing her influence and dedication to the development of the women’s game.

Legacy at Hawthorn

Goddard expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to lead Hawthorn as its first AFLW senior coach, describing it as a dream come true. Hawthorn’s CEO, Ashley Klein, acknowledged Goddard’s trailblazing impact, emphasizing her legacy and contributions to the club’s AFLW program.

Goddard’s Departure

In her statement, Goddard mentioned that the time is right for both the club and herself to explore new opportunities. Her departure marks the end of an era at Hawthorn, leaving behind a legacy of achievements and progress in the AFLW landscape.