Chris Falcke to join Academy coaching team

The Academy is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Falcke to the coaching group.

With a career’s worth of experience training elite athletes, Chris will be involved in developing players’ acceleration and kicking skills whilst matching and developing players’ skills to the positions in which they hope to be selected.

Chris achieved Level 5 accreditation and was Athletics Australia’s national coaching coordinator and an Australian team coach for middle and long-distance events (under 20) during an eight-year period during the 1980’s. During this period, he also represented the IOC and IAAF in the training and development of other track and field coaches in Australia and in the Oceania region. His involvement with track and field included coaching representatives and medal winners in Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Cup, World Championships and Junior World Championships.

In 2005, Chris began coaching AFL footballers at the Carlton Football Club, where he spent seven years developing the running and acceleration skills of AFL (and VFL) players, under senior coaches Denis Pagan and Brett Ratten. During this time, Chris also worked with specific players who had poor or inconsistent kicking skills.

Chris’ involvement with the Blues also led to him spending 5 years as running and acceleration coach for the AFL/AIS Academy squad and the Northern Knights TAC Cup squad.

After returning to track and field coaching for several years, Chris resumed coaching footballers at the Diamond Creek Women’s Football Club in the VFL Women’s competition in 2016.

Chris says he is looking forward to continuing his association with Mitch Lower, with whom he has worked during the past two seasons, by developing the running, acceleration and kicking skills of all Academy players.

“I enjoy coaching with an emphasis on the skill development of each individual (novices, established players or elite athletes) while leaving the implementation of a game plan to the head coach and his assistants.” says Chris.

“An efficient running action is an integral part of developing an efficient kicking action whilst players, who consider themselves to be slow, are generally able to make significant improvements to their acceleration by improving their running skills.”

President Sally Tanner says Chris will contribute to the Redbacks with the intersection of his and the Academy’s values as much as his experience.

“The appointment of Chris Falcke as Acceleration and Skills coach is a great coup for the RMIT Women’s Football Academy. His appointment honours the Academy’s vision, to allow every player regardless of starting skill level, and regardless of whether they are an RMIT student or not, the opportunity to improve and be the best they can be. We can’t wait for Chris to join the coaching team at our opening 2019 session on February 7th.”

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