Dockers appoint Cooper as new AFLW coach

Trent Cooper has been named as Fremantle's new AFLW coach on a two-year deal, and he'll be hoping to end the club's lean run next season.

The Dockers were forced to find a new coach after Michelle Cowan quit unexpectedly in April.

Cowan failed to guide the team to finals action in both of her years in charge, winning just four of 14 games.

Fremantle AFLW.

Fremantle AFLW.

But the Dockers were still planning on re-signing her until she vacated her post abruptly.

Cooper played for WAFL clubs Swan Districts and Peel Thunder before embarking on a coaching career.

He worked as an assistant coach for the Swan Districts league team and coached their colts side to a premiership in 2014.

Since 2017, Cooper's focus has turned to the women's game.

He has coached the WA Under-18s women's side and also undertook the role of the female high performance coach at the WAFC.

Cooper's arrival comes on the back of the club re-signing 20 players earlier this week.

The re-signed players include inaugural best-and-fairest winner Dana Hooker, who initially told the club she wanted to continue her career in Melbourne only to backflip on the decision.

Fremantle captain Kara Donnellan, who worked under Cooper during their time together at Swan Districts, was happy to see her old mentor in charge of the Dockers.

"I did a couple of pre-seasons with Trent when he was head coach of the colts," Donnellan said

"The stuff I've already learnt from him over the years has been really good and I'm really excited to see what else we can all learn off him.

"Over the past couple of years he's really invested himself in the women's game and continually worked on how to coach the women's game, as there's a lot of differences to the men's."

The AFLW competition will expand to 10 teams in 2019, with Geelong and North Melbourne the newcomers.

AAP

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