The Woonona Sharks Football Club, after considering a number of quality applicants through a formal assessment process for the vacant position of First Grade Head Coach, are pleased to announce that Daniel McGoldrick has agreed to terms and been appointed to the role.

Daniel brings a valuable wealth of experience to the club, having reached many significant milestones as a player and a head coach throughout an extensive career within the football fraternity.

As a player, Daniel represented the local clubs of Russell Vale, Fernhill and University as well as being a Western CHS representative, Combined Colleges’ Representative and a University Games Football Champion picking up many accolades along the way during his playing career of 45 years.

As a senior coach since 1996, holding a FFA “C” Licence, 2003 Coach of the Year, Daniel has held terms at Wollongong Olympic, Figtree, Corrimal, University and Fernhill resulting in multiple finals campaign appearances including Grand Finals and a Bampton Cup Final within the Illawarra Football Association. Daniel also worked for Football NSW as a well-respected coach educator and mentor for 10 years from 2000 – 2010 whilst being a development coach within the Sutherland Football Association for many years.

More recently Daniel delivered an objective to return Fernhill to Premier League eligibility within 3 years of taking over the head coaching role in Season 2015. In Season 2016, he guided Fernhill to a Club Championship and all grades to a Grand Final appearance. Then in Season 2017, again guiding Fernhill to a Club Championship, League Champions (two grades) and three club grades to Preliminary Finals and a Grand Final appearance respectively earning himself a 2017 Coach of the year nomination.

Daniel brings an enthusiastic, experienced approach which presents a lot of excitement for our football club as we continue to be a leader in the local football community, setting the bar for community engagement with a growing reputation for player development and club administration. Daniel will be supported in the head coach role by Nathan Sackett and Mick Rowles.

Michael Dorrian has been retained by the club and will take up the role of Football Operations Manager. Michael will be responsible for developing the leadership and technical skills within the club and assist the level of knowledge of our senior club coaches in a supportive environment to ensure that all players of teams are coached in a consistent manner that enables players to achieve their personal best while making a positive contribution to their team and successful results for the club.

We now look forward to the 2018 Football South Coast Campaign with Club Trial dates to be announced in the coming week.