The Central Coast Mariners Academy can today confirm the appointment of Dan Barrett as the club’s Head of Female Performance, who will oversee the elite performance phase of female football at the Mariners.
Barrett arrives at the Central Coast Mariners after spending two and a half seasons at the helm of Sydney FC’s successful Westfield W-League outfit.
Barrett took the reins of Sydney FC’s Westfield W-League team from Matildas Head Coach, Alen Stajcic in September 2014 and upheld Sydney’s proud legacy of being the only Westfield W-League club to have taken part in every finals series since the competition’s inception.
A coaching coup for the Mariners, Barrett guided Sydney FC to the 2016 Grand Final, narrowly missing out on the title against Melbourne City and will add a wealth of experience to the Mariners Academy coaching stocks.
A Coastie at heart, Barrett boasts a long history with the Central Coast having lived locally for the past 16 years whilst working at the International Football and Tennis School for the past five years.
Speaking with ccmariners.com.au, Barrett spoke about the excitement of working for his ‘home club’ here on the Central Coast and is confident that he can develop the local female players on the Coast.
“This is a great opportunity for me and it’s very exciting to be involved with an A-League club again,” Barrett said. “The Central Coast Mariners are my home club and I want to add as much value as I can to developing female football on the Coast across all age groups".
“The female game here on the Central Coast has huge potential,” Barrett said. “With me being based locally I feel like I can invest so much time into the program. I can’t wait to start."
“I want to deliver more than just coaching, I would love nothing more than to bring some of the Matildas and ex-coaches that I’ve worked with in to host seminars, have talks and set platforms for what our girls need to reach the highest levels.
“The current Matildas have raised the profile of Female football and it is great to see the Mariners are so serious about developing the female game.” Barrett said.
Central Coast Mariners Academy Director, Ken Schembri is delighted to have secured Dan Barrett to the Mariners staff.
"Dan is a welcomed addition to our Coaching Staff. His leadership, knowledge and experience in female football will ensure we give all females on the Coast every opportunity to develop," Schembri said.