AFLNZ Youth and HP Manager takes up new opportunity

AFL New Zealand Youth and High Performance Manager Mick Coultard has resigned from his role within the organisation to pursue new opportunities within the sports sector. 


After joining the organisation back in 2011, Mick first oversaw the Secondary School market introducing seven in-school AFLNZ programmes to the main regions around the country.

His involvement growing the AFL Cup Secondary School competition unearthed talent such as New Zealand senior players Carlos Donnell-Brown, Misilifi Faimalo and Josh Morgan-Ranui.

Mick was the first head coach of the New Zealand Youth Girls side in 2013 when they made their debut against the Australian Breeze, a position he held for four years before handing over the reigns to current head coach Mitchell Ryan.

“I would like to thank AFL New Zealand for all the opportunities it has offered me, and acknowledge the wonderful friendships I have made in football along the way.” Mick Coultard.

In 2015, Coultard was heavily involved in the implementation of the AFL New Zealand Youth Competition in Auckland and Wellington along with the development of AFL New Zealand Academy which grew to a record 120 players in 2018.

AFL New Zealand CEO Robert Vanstam said that Mick played a big part to help the sport get to where it is today and thanks him for his services.

“Mick has been involved in many successful aspects of our development and participation programmes during his involvement with AFL New Zealand.”

“During that time, he has played a significant role in the family relationships that develop between our organisation and those who participate in the sport. His strengths include the influence he has in helping to develop the character of the young charges that fall under his responsibility.”

“His new role at Sport Waitakere is a natural extension of his strengths and I’m sure he will make an impact. I look forward to dealing with him in his new role and I’m sure that this will remain beneficial to AFL New Zealand.”

Mick will take up the role of Community Coach Advisor for Sport Waitakere in early July.

A seven year commitment to the sport deserves recognition and AFL New Zealand wishes Mick well in his future endeavours and congratulate him on his appointment at Sport Waitakere.