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 4 May 2018 and 2nd round applications close on 12 October 2018. All applications must be submitted via the online nomination form.


The 2017 Recipients

Ruby Beard

Coach of the Year - Development

Ruby Beard

AU Gymnastics

Ruby has increased the cheerleading athlete pool by over 200% in 2017 through her special attention to each athlete. During the year in competition, her teams have achieved six podium finishes.

Krissie Steen

Coach of the Year - Elite

Krissie Steen

AU Football

Krissie is the Division 1 women’s coach for our Football Club. The team achieved a perfect record by not losing a game for the season and taking out the grand final by over 100 points. Krissie is super organised, self-evaluates extremely well and is an excellent communicator to her assistant coaches and her players.

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