New QAFL coach Daniel Webster excited for challenges ahead
Updated: Jan 29, 2018
Incoming QAFL coach Daniel Webster already sees great potential for the Vultures in 2018, after being announced as the club's new coach late last year.
Webster impressed the club through an arduous interview process, with his experience as a NEAFL assistant coach at Aspley, as well as various roles within the Queensland Under-18 Talent Program, key to his appointment.
Webster - who won the NEAFL Emerging Coach of the Year Award in 2012 - said he is excited for the opportunity to grow his coaching career at the Vultures and play a role in bringing success to the club.
"This is a really exciting opportunity that I am very grateful to have been given," he said.
"Having been at the club now for a couple of months, they have been extremely supportive in my aspirations and where I want to take the playing group and a club as a whole.
"I am very proud to join the Vultures and I can't wait for the new season to start."
Webster got involved in coaching after a series of groin and hamstring injuries ended a promising playing career at the age of 20.
He began coaching with the Northern Raiders Under-18 Program and has coached in a variety of roles in the years since.
His long list of achievements over the past nine years includes coaching stints with the Brisbane Lions Academy, the Under-16 and Under-18 Queensland Talent Programs and the Aspley Hornets, where he served as both the backline and midfield coach.
Webster currently holds an AFL Level 3 coaching accreditation, which requires an invitation to attend.
Having joined the club just before the Christmas break, Webster said he sees great potential in the playing group and is looking forward to guiding them further into September action in 2018.
"I've been impressed by the players' willingness to improve. They have great drive and are keen for success,"
"They are a ripping bunch of blokes and so far they have been a pleasure to coach and to be around."
Vultures Club Secretary, Rod Nuttall, said Webster was an excellent candidate for the coaching role who they are excited to welcome into the club.
“His credentials are impressive and his references from several people we really respect were glowing,” he told aflq.com.au.
“We believe that he will be a great fit for our club. We were impressed with how respectful Daniel has been throughout, to all stakeholders and participants, which was really important to us.”
Webster has assembled an experienced and knowledgable coaching staff to assist him this year.
Former Mayne coach Mitch Ferguson has come on board as a defensive coach, with his experience in building leadership and culture a big asset.
Returning to the club this year is Marc Seen (senior assistant/reserves coach), Rod Nuttall (colts coach), Andrew Torney (forward coach), Clayton Benson (senior assistant/women's coach), and Warren Stone (opposition coach).
"I'm very happy and impressed with the coaching staff that has been assembled," Webster said.
"Marc's experience at the Lions Academy, as well as Mitch through the state programs, provides an elite environment for our players to thrive in.
"All our coaches are committed to not only improving the players on the field, but also the environment around us in order to improve the Vultures' culture going forward.
"When you add in the knowledge and experience of all our other coaches, it's a very exciting time to be at the club."
Pre-season training has returned after the New Year break. Any new players interested in joining the club can contact Daniel Webster on 0421 506 881.