The Next Coach Program

The Next Coach Program has been running since 2009.

In 2017 it will be the first time those from outside the AFL system will be able to gain valuable learnings from a lifetime coach - David Wheadon.

You will gain an insight into his knowledge and experience which has been gained from more than 30 years at the top level.

David will create stimulating conversations and assist you to understand yourself as a coach. He has a great ability to highlight the impact you have on your players and team. 

This is a great opportunity to learn about critical components of coaching including;

• The art of coaching
• Coaching the team and coaching individuals
• Culture
• Philosophy of coaching
• Teaching  
• Learning styles 
• Management 
• Emotional Intelligence and coaching
• Presentations and meetings
• Teaching the game – decision making/skill acquisition/game sense
• The role and skills of the coach/assistant coach/development coach
• Strategy and tactics
• Key Performance Indicators for success
• Game plan
• Leadership

Click here for more information on the selection and application for the next intake commencing July 5th, 2017

Testimonials from past participants in the Next Coach Program

Josh Drummond - North Melbourne Assistant Coach (2016 course) 

I found David Wheadon’s next coach program hugely beneficial in my development as a coach. The program helped me develop my philosophies on the key areas of coaching.  

David’s ability to challenge your opinions and principles on the game helped me learn a lot about myself as a coach and there are a number of skills I now use every day in my job thanks to his mentoring. 

Ryan O’Keefe – Adelaide Crows SANFL Coach (2010 program)

The next coach program is a great coaching and life tool. David Weadon runs the program with passion and knowledge that engages your thinking and philosophies around coaching and life.

The Next Coach course has been the launch pad to my coaching career and philosophies, it is something I draw upon each day and feel very grateful I was given the opportunity to complete the course.

Josh Hunt – Brisbane Lions Academy Coach (2016 program)

I have no doubt that I have obtained greater knowledge and understanding of not only my own coaching styles and philosophies but also the ways in which I deal with players and other staff.

This course can only benefit its participants and I have already observed great teaching moments with my own players through the implementation of certain principles I learnt in the course.

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