Above: Ash Wilson, who today stepped aside as Newcastle Jets head coach. Image: Newcastle Jets.
Newcastle Jets announced today that head coach Ash Wilson has moved aside with the club’s Academy Director and A-League Women’s Team Technical Advisor Gary van Egmond taking over for the rest of this season.
A mid-season review of the team’s performance identified the need to provide additional senior support for the team.
In discussions around the addition of this additional support, Ash Wilson reflected on the needs of the team and the demands of coaching in addition to the focus on her leading teaching role, and as a result, stepped aside from the Women’s A-League program.
Newcastle Jets Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske thanked Ash for her contribution to the club. “On behalf of the Newcastle Jets, our players, our partners, our members, and all associated with women’s football in the region, I want to thank Ash for her absolute focus on Elite Women’s football at the Jets.
“Ash has given her all to support the development of young female players and the success of our elite Women’s team and she deserves great credit for this personal commitment.
“We understand that the demands of coaching at the elite level of football are unrelenting, particularly within the women’s game. Ash has managed this as Head Coach for the three seasons whilst also being an important leader within her professional teaching career and we thank her for this sacrifice.
“Ash has great respect amongst the football community and we know that she will not waiver on her focus to continue to make a positive impact on many young footballers in this region.”
Newcastle Jets Technical Director Gary van Egmond will take over as Interim Coach for the remainder of the season combining this with leading the Jets Football Academy and the team of Academy coaches which have been assembled for this new season.