Coach Development

Dan Evans

In the first Q+A of 2023, Dan Evans talks about his role in Western Australia.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I’m a full time coach based in Perth, Western Australia. I’ve been doing this for about 15 years full time across Australia and the US and many more when you consider the hours I put in part time even when I could when I was still playing.

Currently I’m the player development officer at Football West. Football Australia’s member federation on the West Coast. Basically I oversee skill acquisition, talent support and the West Australian representative youth teams. I also delve into a bit of coach development/education.

What is it about your role that you love?

I love the interaction with the players and coaches. Working with people is never boring.

Are there any challenges that you currently face?

There are a number of challenges in the Aussie football landscape. One could be creating a clearer pathway for talented players in the more regional areas and another could be making sure the best compete against the best consistently. I could go on!

Are there any countries that you would love to coach in? If so, why?

I don’t have any specific countries on my wish list but I would always be attracted to the right role regardless of where that was.

Do you have a preferred style to coaching?

As for styles, I’m not a screamer. I also believe that the game belongs to the players so I try and remove ego from my work. Forming good relationships with players is key. If you can do that I’d say most people add coachable on some level.

What is your next step? What is your long term aim?

Long term I’d like to work with senior teams again (as I have done in the past) or as a TD for an elite program. However before the next challenge I’d like to continue to build programs in West Australia and create opportunities for talented players and coaches to progress to the next level. Although senior teams is a passion if you were to tell me I would be working in the youth space the rest of my career then I’d still enjoy it. I’m also trying to get on my Pro license which is a part of the journey.

Any tips for other coaches out there in regards to coaching? What about for coaching abroad as you have experience in Australia and USA…?

I’m was fortunate enough to spend almost 6 years on and off in the USA working at different levels. I learnt a lot and met some great people. I’d never rule out a move back but like every environment the US has its own unique challenges. For those considering a move I’d just say to try do as much research as possible prior to any move but if you do get a chance then be confident and back yourself.

As for advice, it’s a long journey. You can be ambitious but respect the environment that your in. Work hard and always put people and the game first. Dedicate time to study not only formally but informally also. There will be setbacks so try not to lose your sense of humour and perspective on things!

Thanks Dan!

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