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The team

Adam SELWOOD (Manager - Game Development)

After a 187 game career, that including the 2006 Premiership and a Rising Star nomination, Adam turned his hand to coaching. He was a Development Coach at West Coast and Assistant Coach at East Perth before taking on his current role in 2016. His passion for the role has seen the rapid expansion of the Academy. He was part of the coaching staff for the successful All Nations team in NSW this year.

Kim HANNAH (Naitanui Academy Coordinator)

Kim comes from an education background. After teaching for 25 years, he took up the role of Schools and Community Program Coordinator at the West Coast Eagles and ran the club’s offerings in schools for 12 years. He moved into the Next Generation Academy space in 2016. He brings a wealth of experience in program development and dealing with young people to his new role. Kim has also worked in the West Coast Eagles recruiting department for 25 years.

Jan COOPER (Female Academy Coordinator)

Previously. Jan was the AFL Manager of Female Football Development. She led the increase of female participation from 16,000 to over 640,000 players. She oversaw development with State bodies to embed talent pathways from Academies, national competitions, including AFLW 18s, through to AFLW. Jan’s football involvement started as a child following her father (a WAFL Hall of Fame inductee) before becoming an assistant Head trainer of Swans District Football Club during the 1980s. Jan represented WA in volleyball and cricket. She also played netball, and basketball. In 2015 Jan received the Football Woman of the Year Award. In 2017 she was inducted into WA’s International Women’s Day Hall of Fame and was a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year – Sport Award.

Nic NAITANUI (Naitanui Academy and AFL Multicultural Ambassador)

Nic needs little introduction as one of the West Coast Eagles highest profile players. He has now played 146 games after being taken #2 in the 2008 National Draft. In addition to his football prowess, Nic has long been an advocate for young people from non-traditional backgrounds being a part of the AFL landscape and has worked hard to create pathways for them. He leapt (something he is renowned for!) at the opportunity to give his name to the Academy. In addition to his Ambassador role, Nic can often be seen ‘ hands on’ at training and events associated with the Naitanui Academy.

Drew PETRIE (Head Coach – Game Development)

After a career of 316 games over 16 years (with 428 goals), Drew had another challenge to meet when he moved to the West Coast Eagles at the end of the 2016 season. When offered the chance to coach in the Naitanui Academy, Drew eagerly accepted. He has now developed a program to offer to players who have been involved in Colts programs at WAFL clubs. The information and skills he is passing on can only be achieved through his commitment to designing a genuinely high-level program based on the knowledge accrued in a lengthy and awarded career.

Phil NARKLE (Indigenous Liaison Officer)

After a decorated playing career Phil 'Magic' Narkle became the AFL's first Indigenous Liaison Officer, working with the club's Indigenous players on and off the field and will be a valuable addition to the Naitanui Academy coaching staff. His knowledge of the game and ability to teach its finer points to developing players will be a major asset. Added to this is Phil’s cultural background and experience that will provide valuable insights and support to all players but particularly those of indigenous backgrounds.