Scott Graham appointed high-performance manager

The Werribee Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Graham as its new high-performance manager.

Graham arrives at Avalon Airport Oval fresh from a two-year stint as strength-and-conditioning coach with Victorian Netball League side Geelong and having previously spent three years as strength-and-conditioning coach of the Calder Cannons TAC Cup program.

He will be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating Werribee’s strength-and-conditioning, physiotherapy, and medical programs and replaces the outgoing Simon Anning, who departs to take on a new role in the NBL with Melbourne United.

Graham said he was eager to return to an elite football environment and to have the chance to work alongside new senior coach Mark Williams.

“I’m really honoured to be given the role here and am very excited about everything to come,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to working with ‘Choco’, meeting all the playing group, and getting stuck into pre-season and then the season proper.”

A Level 2 accredited coach with the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, Graham has more than 10 years of experience working in resistance training environments.

In addition to his football and netball roles, he has also held positions in elite basketball and athletics programs, most notably as a strength-and-conditioning consultant with the Melbourne Tigers basketball club.

He received his Master’s of Exercise Science from Edith Cowan University in 2016 and is now in the final stages of his PhD with Victoria University, which focuses on the development of training load strategies to maximise position-specific match performance for team-sport athletes.

Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said Graham was an exciting addition to the club’s off-field team.

“He’s done a lot of load management work with his netball role as part of his doctorate, and he obviously has the previous experience in the TAC Cup with the Calder Cannons, so we’re really looking forward to seeing what Scott can do with free rein over a VFL program and working alongside Mark Williams,” Balloch said.

Balloch also thanked Anning for his work over the past 12 months.

“Simon’s work with Melbourne United meant he wasn’t going to be able to make the commitment to our program going forward,” Balloch said.

“He’s left big shoes to fill, but I’m sure Scott will hit the ground running, and we obviously wish Simon all the best for his next phase and look forward to the next chapter with Scott in charge.”

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