Dal Santo named Saints' AFLW coach
Former St Kilda star Nick Dal Santo has been appointed as the Saints' AFLW head coach.
Dal Santo played 260 games for the Saints between 2002 and 2013, then 62 for North Melbourne from 2014 to 2016 and replaces inaugural coach Peta Searle, who departed in June.
The 37-year-old has been involved at St Kilda since 2017 as head coach of their next generation academy and father-son program.
He will maintain his academy role while coaching the club's AFLW team.
"During his time as a player, and now more recently as coach of our NGA, Nick has impressed us with his leadership and ability to motivate and drive his athletes," St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis said.
"At every stage of the selection process, he gave us great confidence that he was the one to take us forward."
Dal Santo's appointment confirms, as it stands, there will be no female head coaches across 14 clubs in the upcoming AFLW season.
His predecessor Searle, who led the Saints for two seasons after a long involvement with the AFL club, was the only woman heading up a team last season.
Only three women have ever been named AFLW head coaches - Searle, former Adelaide premiership coach Bec Goddard and ex-Fremantle boss Michelle Cowan.
St Kilda have played two AFLW seasons so far, finishing ninth and 11th.
"Our list profile is very promising, and the women are hungry to make this footy club proud, something I personally identify with really strongly," Dal Santo said.
"I look forward to adopting all the lessons I've learned through playing, coaching and commentating to really help build some momentum heading into the season."
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