WAFC Umpiring is pleased to advise that having followed and extensive and comprehensive recruitment and selection process to appoint the best available WAAFL Honorary umpire coach/management leadership team for season 2013, key appointments have been made.
This thorough process included seeking expressions of interest via websites and emailing umpires, actively seeking and discussing with potentially suitable persons. Further, where required engagement of WAFL umpire coaches, confidential discussions including with some key umpire personnel, many 2012 umpires coaches and the umpires association president also occured.
A panel comprising WAFC umpiring Darryl Sinclair, Paul Pitchers and Tim Priest conducted numerous interviews as a further part of the process to select the best available 2013 WAAFL honorary umpire manager and senior umpire coach's leadership team. Confidential references were also sought where deemed applicable, beyond the umpiring fraternity.
WAFC Umpiring as a team collectively endorsed and equally received endorsement from the General Manager WAAFL on the honorary umpire operations manager and three senior umpire coach discipline recommendations.
We are very pleased to announce the following appointments have been made for the 2013 WAAFL Season:
2013 WAAFL Honorary Umpire Operations Manager - Greg Gilbee
2013 WAAFL Honorary Senior Field Umpires Coach - Cameron Douglas
2013 WAAFL Honorary Senior Boundary Umpires Coach - Rob McDonald
2013 WAAFL Honorary Goal Umpires Coach - Peter Jeffers
2013 WAAFL Honorary Assistant Goal Umpires Coach - Terry Tomlinson
2013 WAAFL Honorary Strength and Conditioning Coach - Liam Warwick
WAFC Umpiring is extremely confident that the appointed honorary umpire leadership team for season 2013 will work cohesively together, has wide respect amongst umpires of all disciplines, and will provide great opportunity for newly developing and seasoned umpires alike.
WAFC Umpiring takes this opportunity to acknowledge Colin Gray for his leadership role as honorary manager 2012 and wish him success as he focuses on umpiring in season 2013.
We also acknowledge and thank Terry Battle for his contribution as senior community umpire coach 2009 - 2012. Terry put in many hours to this demanding role and many umpires currently in the WAFL umpires panel are fortunate to have received a solid grounding including through Terry's assistance.
We are particulary please to retain Terry Tomlinson's services in 2013 as assistant goal coach, having provided nearly a decade of service as senior goal coach. Terry and Peter Jeffers have enormous respect for one another and this being the case the transition as Peter assumes the senior goal coach role should be seamless.
Further season 2013 honorary coach appointments will be made in due course and are at various levels of progression.