THE AFL Coaches’ Association has begun the
search for a new leader to replace its chief executive officer, life member
Peter Allen, who died in June.
The AFLCA has appointed an advisory group
to lead the organisation into a new era.
AFLCA president Neale Daniher said the
association would become more active in the administration and promotion of the
“In our view there is an overwhelming need
for the coaches to have a unified voice on industry-related matters,” Daniher
“We will seek involvement in the future
direction of the game where we consider we have a valid contribution to make.”
The six-man advisory team will be led by
Len Coysh, who will act as interim CEO until a new chief executive can be
Len Coysh was one of the three people
appointed by the players in 1979 to resurrect the AFL Players’ Association.
Other members of the advisory group are
Geoff Slade, Damien Smith, Chris Pollard, Ricky Nixon and Peter Schwab.
Geoff Slade, a former AFL footballer at Melbourne and a well-known
businessman, will manage the recruitment of a permanent CEO. The position will
be advertised nationally and will be filled within the next six months.
Chris Pollard is a lawyer who drew up the
original AFLCA constitution, Peter Schwab was the inaugural president of the
Coaches’ Association, and Damien Smith and Ricky Nixon are both leading sports
“We are in the process of developing an
action plan that will address our relationship with the AFL, an endowment
scheme for coaches and a complete review of the services provided by the
association,” Daniher said.