The Circle

Where are the female coaches?

Steph Andrews, Field Hockey Coach
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Coach Steph Andrews talks to Ash Nelson about the state of female coaching in field hockey and despite near parity in player numbers there is a big gap in coaching

The Circle is hosted by former Hockeyroos now coach Ash Nelson

Podcast length: 27’58”

Ash Nelson, broadcasting, field hockey, hockeyroosAsh Nelson is back with a new season of The Circle and begins by tackling the margin of female coaches at elite level which ranges from 10-15%.  To help understand the discrepancy Ash is joined by Steph Andrews who is a product of the Australian playing and coaching system and for three years was head coach of Hockey Australia’s National Training Centre in Canberra, where she led the Australian Capital Territory’s Academy of Sport men’s and women’s programs. Steph represented Australia as a player and captain at the Under-21 level before moving into coaching. She has since coached in the Australian Hockey League, where she served as current Canadian Women’s National Team head coach Ian Rutledge’s assistant in 2012, and most recently as a head coach in 2014, when she coached Canadian captain Kate Gillis.  While with Canada, Steph had future head coaching responsibilities for the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team.  She has guided current Australian Women’s National Team members Anna Flanagan and Edwina Bone, and has also played and coached in BelgiumSteph also worked with the Senior women’s team in New Zealand.  Steph begins by describing her playing career summarizing:  “I was a smarter player, I didn’t have thew capacity to run like some of the other people running around.”

LISTEN to Season 1 of The Circle HERE


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