Awards - Coach of the Year

The Role Of A Coach Is Not Just Coaching

Sports coaches can have a great influence in assisting athletes to develop to their full potential and can impact on the culture of a club.

They are responsible for training athletes in a sport by analysing their performances, instructing in relevant skills and by providing encouragement and setting the expectations of behaviour. All of this takes a lot of personal time, energy and knowledge, all of which are admirable traits recognised by AU Sport.

The AU Sport Coach of the Year awards are separated into elite and development categories, and is open to coaches who are either paid, receive an honorarium or volunteer. A salaried coach is not eligible. An elite coach is defined as a coach who has responsibility for the “A Grade team”.  A long term coach can also receive a ‘Service to University Sport’ award, however, the Coaches award is to recognise a significant contribution during the year of the award.

Nominations of suitable persons may be submitted by clubs, individuals from clubs or AU staff. The AU Sport Board will make the final decision on the award winners.

1st round Coach of the Year Award applications close on 3 May and 2nd round applications close on 11 October. All applications must be submitted via the online nomination form.


The 2018 Recipients

Ruby Beard

Coach of the Year - Development

Angus Dickson

AU Cycling

An honours graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Angus has coached the men’s Category 2 team to podium finishes, using a hands on approach to dramatically improve the team’s performances this year.

Krissie Steen

Coach of the Year - Elite

Seth Piszczuk

AU Wing Chun

Seth is the Chief Instructor of the club.  Over the past year, another three members of the club have achieved the equivalent of black belt status, a phenomenal achievement in the martial arts field.  On a personal level, Seth has achieved an Instructor Level 4 grading, one of only three practitioners in Australia to be recognised at this level.

Previous recipients