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VFLW: Kavanagh steps down as head coach

Sean Kavanagh has resigned from his position as head coach of the VFLW program after three seasons at the helm.

Sean Kavanagh has resigned from his position as head coach of the VFLW program after three seasons at the helm.

Kavanagh held the role for the past three VFLW seasons, arriving at the Kennel in 2019.

He led the VFLW Bulldogs to a Grand Final berth in his first season, before COVID-19 forced the season to be cancelled last year.

In 2021, his side finished seventh on the ladder with seven wins, just outside of finals contention.

“After three years leading the Western Bulldogs, and 17 years of coaching, I’ve decided to step away as head coach and take a break from Club footy for 2022,” Kavanagh said.

“I’m really looking forward to getting away with family and supporting my kids in their sporting and educational pursuits next year.

“After the incredible highs of 2019 and reaching the VFLW Grand Final, to two years of a global pandemic – and its associated restrictions and limitations – it’s certainly been a roller coaster ride.

“I’ve loved my time at the Club – the playing group has been magnificent, as have all the coaching staff and off-field crew. A massive thanks goes out to Debbie and Burkey, for all of their support throughout some challenging years.

“I can’t wait to support the girls next year from the other side of the fence.”

Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Footy, Debbie Lee, thanked Kavanagh for his contributions.

“Kav’s enthusiasm and commitment to getting the best out of our players was admirable, and we’re extremely thankful for what he brought to our VFLW program over the last three years,” Lee said.

“We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

The Bulldogs will immediately begin its search for a replacement VFLW head coach for season 2022 and beyond.

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