Fremantle have announced their new NAB AFL Women’s senior coach for the next two seasons, with current WA Football Commission female high performance coach and WA U18 women’s coach Trent Cooper taking the reigns at the club until 2020.
Cooper arrives at Fremantle as the successor to inaugural AFLW coach Michelle Cowan.
The former Swan Districts and Peel Thunder player has an impressive coaching resume, including working as an assistant coach for the Swan Districts league team and coaching their colts to a premiership in 2014.
Since 2017, Cooper’s focus turned to the women’s game, taking the reigns as the coach of the WA U18 women’s team and commencing his role in women’s high performance with the WAFC.
A long time Freo fan, Cooper was delighted to join the club at the helm of the AFLW team.
“I’m very excited. Women’s football is a quickly growing area,” Cooper said.
“I’m really looking forward to working with the girls down at Freo and looking for some success fairly quickly.”
Due to his work in women’s football, Cooper has already formed relationships with a handful of current Freo players as well as many from the upcoming 2018 draft class.
Cooper is excited about the talent coming through in WA and is looking forward to Fremantle investing in this talent through the draft, which is set to be held in October.
“The WAFC’s high performance program includes a lot of the mature age players who Freo will be looking to draft for the 2019 season,” Cooper said.
“And then specifically with the 18s, some of the talent coming through is quite exciting and no doubt some of those girls will be on the list for next year.”
Photo: Trent Cooper. By: Phil Barnes