Football Department

Liam Cavanagh – Senior Coach

Liam Cavanagh was announced as the Coburg Football Club's inaugural Coach of its Women's team for the 2021 season, in August 2020.

Liam comes over from the EDFL's Strathmore Football Club where he was the playing Assistant Coach of the Senior Mens team, and also held dual roles with their Women's program as their Senior Assistant Coach, and Head Coach of the Girls Under 18's.

Previously he has played the majority of his senior football with his hometown and junior club Ararat in the Wimmera Football League where he also represented Vic Country at under 19 level, and also in the WRFL with Sunshine where he was a best and fairest winner, an interleague representative and a Vic Metro senior representative. He also had a stint in the VFL with the Box Hill Hawks in 2016.

Professionally, Liam is the Community Fundraising Manager for the Movember Foundation, where he is responsible for program facilitation and fundraising which sees him develop Men's health programs for sporting organisations, local Councils and businesses in the corporate sector.

Jessie Chester – Backline Coach

Chester is a pioneer of women’s football at the Point Cook Centrals Football Club, having developed the female football pathway at the club with getting the under 15’s, under 18’s, and senior women’s sides all out on the field. Not only did she develop the pathway, but she also spent some time coaching the club’s inaugural girls’ teams and captained the Senior Women’s team.

Her coaching experience also extends to NAB League level, having spent time coaching the Western Jets youth girls’ team.

Chester also previously coached the WRFL interleague team in 2019, against the EDFL who were coached by Senior Coach Liam Cavanagh.

Chester also boasts experience at the North Melbourne Football Club as a Development Officer, and has been working with the Western Region Football League in their Football Operations department.

Blake Wadley – Midfield Coach

Wadley has played in the VAFA with Beaumaris at both under 19 and senior levels, and also spent time coaching their Senior Women’s team in 2019. He also helped the club out where he could, spending time as a runner and on the board. Wadley also has experience coaching in the junior ranks, after being at the helm of Cheltenham’s Under 17 boys’ team in 2017.

Jason Quinn – Forwards Coach

Before arriving at Piranha Park, Quinn applied his trade with the West Footscray Football Club’s women’s side. Before this, he played a huge part in getting Williamstown’s VFLW side off the ground as a member of their coaching group for over two years. He will be a valuable asset for the Lions, as he has already had experience in developing a new female football program.

Adrian Minniti – Head of Player Development

Minniti has spent most of his life running around on the field for the Keilor Football Club. As a dedicated clubman, he also spent some time coaching at the club.

Minniti then landed a role with AFL Victoria as a Game Development Officer. After this, he joined Coburg Football Club last year as its Female Football Coordinator. In 2020, he has decided to take on the role of Women’s Head of Player Development as his passion lies with coaching and developing the next generation of stars.

Hugh Mason – High Performance Manager

Mason knows what it takes to succeed at a high level of football, having spent some time playing with the Sandringham Dragons and completing a pre-season with the Sandringham Zebras.

He also has a sports science background, having completed his studies at Deakin University.

In what will be of benefit to the club, Mason already has experience in strength and conditioning at the VFLW level, having spent some time within North Melbourne’s program. He hopes to ensure Coburg’s female players are able to meet the demands of the sport.

Alex Baggio – Football Operations Assistant

Baggio comes to Coburg with a wealth of experience, having spent the past two years at Richmond Football Club as part of its VFLW and AFLW programs. In 2018, he helped out the VFLW coaches with managing statistics and assisting with technology. A year later, he expanded on this role by playing a part in recruiting and talent identification for the Club’s inaugural women’s team. Baggio will also draw upon these skills at Coburg. He has also just completed his first year as part of the property team in the Tigers’ AFLW team.

Ruzena May – Training Assistant

May is a welcome addition to Coburg, having played football for 18 years. Since pulling on the boots when she was just four years old, May has spent time at Heathmont, Clayton as well as Endeavour Hills, and was set to play and coach for her hometown side, Berwick this year before COVID-19 forced the season to come to a close before it even began.