The Darebin Women’s Sports Club are excited to announce the following team of coaches on board for season 2016

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – James McConnell

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach – Katie Brennan

Senior Head Coach – Jane Lange

Senior Assistant Coach – Emma Kerry

Senior Reserves Coach – Grant Hammond

Youth Girls AFL Coach – Elise Casamento

Coaching Coordinator – Richard Dal Pos

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Jane Lange – Senior Head Coach

Football experience:

*Has played AFL since 2007 and has been an integral part of every premiership in that time.

*Represented Victoria as a player for several years in the state league

*VWFL league leading goal kicker

Coaching experience:

*Victorian State Team – Assistant

*VWFL Academy

*3 x Western Bulldogs – Assistant Coach

*AFL Victorian Women’s football team

Emma Kerry – Senior Assistant Coach

Football experience:

2016 will mark Emma’s 12th year involved in women’s football, 10 of which have been at Darebin.

* 2005 – 2006: Played seniors at St Albans Spurs

* 2007 – 2012: Played seniors at Darebin – 4 premierships & 2 runner ups.

* 2013 – 2015: Assistant Coach to Richard Dal Pos – 3 premierships

Prior to playing AFL Emma was a basketballer, playing in the CBA & ABA for the Broadmeadows Broncos.

Grant Hammond – Senior Reserves Coach

Coaching Experience:

*Darebin Falcons AFL Reserves Coach 2014

*Fitzroy FC various roles including Vice President, Coaching Coordinator (2011-present)

*Coached Colts U17 (FJFC) 2006

*Coached West Coburg (EDFL) = 2 years Reserves Coach/Assistant Senior Coach (2001/2002)

*Coached Melbourne Uni Reds/Fitzroy = 3 years Reserves and 3 years Seniors (1995 – 2000)

Fun fact: Grant has played over 250 games!

Elise Casamento – Youth Girls AFL Coach


*Bachelor Exercise & Health Science 2015

*Youth Coaching Level 1 course

*Junior Coaching course

Playing experience:

*Darebin Falcons AFL Reserves player 2014, 2015

*Darebin Falcons AFL Youth Girls player 2010-2013, (Captain 2013, Co-captain 2012)

Coaching experience:

*Darebin Falcons AFL Youth Girls Coach 2015 (Runner up Premiers)

*Darebin Falcons AFL Youth Girls Assistant Coach 2014 (Premiers)

*Future endeavours include completing a Masters of Teaching through 2016-2017

Richard Dal Pos – AFL Coaching Coordinator


*Level 2 AFL Coach


*Senior AFL Coach Darebin Falcons 2012-2015 – (Premiers 2013, 2014, 2015)

*Youth Girls AFL Coach Darebin Falcons 2010-12 – (Premiership held 3 years)

*Various Coaching roles within AFL, NFL, State Squad, etc from 2005 – 2011

*Trainer, Runner, etc 2004 and prior


*2010 – Nominated Youth coach of the year Northern

*2007 – VAFA U19 Coach of the month

*2007 – Nominated VAFA U19 coach of the year

*2006 – YJFL Colts Coach of the Year

*2001 – 10 yr service to the AFL Auskick Program

James McConnell – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach


*Bachelor of Exercise Science – Victoria University

*Masters of High Performance Sport – ACU – Current


*Coburg Football Club – High Performance Manager/Strength & Rehabilitation Coach

*Melbourne Ice – Strength & Conditioning Coach

*Ice Hockey Australia – Women’s, Men’s, Youth – Athlete Performance Manager

Fun fact: James is a keen gymnast

Katie Brennan – Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach


*3rd Year Exercise and Sport Science – ACU

*Qualified Personal Trainer

*Strength & Conditioning

*Level 1 AFL Coach

*Owner – kb.performance

*Head Strength & Conditioning South East Bushrangers Under 14s, 16s Boys

*Head Strength & Conditioning QLD Under 18s Youth Girls

*kb.performance Athlete Development Team and Preseason Programs – AFLQ, AFL Tas

*AFLQ Female Development Officer

Player accolades:

*Susan Alberti Best Womens Team Player 2015

*3 x All Australian

*Drafted/ Retained Player Western Bulldogs 2013-2015

*VWFL Debbie Lee Medalist 2013

*VWFL Best and Fairest Runner Up 2014

*Darebin B&F runner up 2014, 2015

*Darebin leading goal kicker 2014, 2015

*Darebin Premiership Player 2013-2015

*Vic State Team 2013/2015

*Best on ground 2013 Nationals Grand Final

Aspiring to open a holistic high performance centre dedicated to female athletes