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Daniel Harford, Senior Coach

Since being appointed the senior coaching role in April last year, Harford’s passion for women’s football has only intensified. As a former AFL player – both with the Blues and the Hawks – he has been expertly imparting his knowledge about the game on the players. Making the move from Collingwood’s AFLW side, ‘Harf’ coached Balwyn to a premiership in the Eastern Football League, before also leading St Kevin’s to victory in 2015 in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

“The girls have been really excited by the new program, so the energy has been amazing and I’ve been appreciative of how they’ve gone about it – you can’t help but fall in love and be intoxicated by it.”

“We’ve been really focused on developing over the course of the pre-season and I’m confident we’ve seen improvements. Shan, Fish and Steve have worked hard to support the players and create a fun environment where they have the best chance to succeed – so we’re all excited for the games to get underway.”

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Twitter: @HarfSerious

Shannon McFerran, Senior Assistant Coach

After being appointed as the Club’s inaugural VFLW coach in 2018, McFerran has successfully transitioned into the role of Harford’s senior assistant. Boasting a decorated playing career spanning more than a decade and possessing a strong background in teaching, the 10-time All Australian will continue to have a positive impact on the playing group as she takes charge of the midfield. 

“Carlton has a rich history in the AFL and now in the AFLW, so to be part of a club that has supported women in football from the get go was really important to me. It meant they were genuine in being an inclusive club when the opportunity presented. My grandfather was a huge Carlton supporter as well so I know he’d be proud of me working here. 

“This pre-season I have learnt just how keen the playing group is to succeed and learn. They have a willingness and eagerness to be better and that’s refreshing. I can’t wait to see the girls run out after all the work they have put in this pre-season and be victorious in all that they do wearing the Carlton jumper!”

Twitter: @shannymac10

Steven Salopek, Assistant Coach

Coaching the backline, Salopek arrives at the Blues having played 121 games for Port Adelaide across nine seasons. Since retiring from his AFL career, Salopek has remained involved in the football community, coaching and developing young talent alongside Harford at St Kevin’s College. 

“It was a really easy choice to come to Carlton. I love footy clubs with a rich history and I knew Harf from our previous club at St. Kevin’s Old Boys. 

“The enthusiasm and willingness of the girls to learn has been excellent and the professional environment they’re created is first class.

“Over the course of pre-season, we’ve been working on defensive spoiling, structure around the contest and ball movement out of defence – so I’m looking forward to seeing the players implement what they’ve learnt when the season begins.

Twitter: @ssalopek3

Brad Fisher, Assistant Coach

Recording 99 games for the Blues between 2003 and 2010, Fisher returns to Ikon Park ready to take the reins of the team’s forward line. Qualified as a Level 2 Coach, the much-loved clubman spent two years as West Adelaide’s Performance Manager in the SANFL, four years as an assistant coach at Dalyston and currently holds the role of Head of Alumni at the AFLPA. 

“Looking after the forward line is an exciting prospect, especially when its spearheaded by the likes of Darcy Vescio and Tayla Harris,” Fisher said.

“Having played here, I have always loved the Club, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work under former teammate Daniel Harford and alongside Steve Salopek – who I played a small amount of footy with as a junior.

“The development of the girls and seeing the way they compete at training is something that has really inspired me, and I can’t wait to see them go up again against quality opposition.”

Adam Dancey, Skill Acquisition and Development Coach

Holding the role of WA State Academy Head Coach – Female Programs, coupled with his time spent as senior assistant with the WA State under-18 Women’s, Dancey has more than 18 years of experience in high performance programs and coaching, and will look to aid the development of the group.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work at Carlton with such great people – and to also be bound by blue.

“The willingness of the players to take feedback has been exemplary and we’ve seen progressive improvement through pre-season. I can’t wait to see how far the players can push themselves during the competition.”