Canberra United announced yesterday that Heather Garriock has joined the club as Head Coach for Season 10 of the Westfield W-League.
The former Matilda of 15 years has spent the last three seasons coaching the Sydney University Women’s Football Team, fostering one of the top female football programs in the country while achieving enormous success in the NSW Women’s NPL 1.
Garriock was selected from a huge pool of talented candidates for the role, and said the opportunity to coach the Westfield W-League’s most successful club is humbling.
“I am obviously humbled by the opportunity but I’m looking forward to coming to one of the best clubs in the Westfield W-League in terms of facilities, resources, personnel and structure,” she said.
“That was the main drawcard, and it is probably the most elite team in the W-League, the structure and resources, it is first class.”
Vastly qualified in all areas of Football, Garriock’s coaching resume also includes roles as Assistant Coach for both the Young Matildas and Westfield Matildas national team, working with elite players at the highest level of the game.
Garriock will take on a side that won the 2016/17 Westfield W-League Premiership and made it to the semi-finals, and is looking forward to continuing that success in Season 10.
“One of my strengths is my winning mentality and continuing to be successful on the back of the great coaches who have coached United in the past,” Garriock said.
With United widely known for one of the best fan bases in the league, the former Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder admitted that the culture and atmosphere of the club drew her to Canberra.
“When I think of Canberra United family is what comes to mind,” she said.
“I think of fans, the team, the players, everything reverts back to family and engaging in that, so it’s very exciting.”
“For me family is the most important thing, I am a Mum with two kids and a husband. Family was a big drawcard.”
Caption: DUSSELDORF, GERMANY – JUNE 26: Heather Garriock of Australia during the FIFA portrait session on June 26, 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Robert Cianflone – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)