“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their growth.”Sir John Whitmore
A lifelong fanatic of Australian football and a native of Melbourne, Dannie’s passion, knowledge and dedication create the ultimate atmosphere to lead the Centennial Tigers as head coach. Dannie assumed this role in early 2022.
Dannie’s dream football career began at the ripe old age of 14 when he was brought into the Collingwood Magpies’ AFL (formerly VFL) program. He made his professional debut in 1986 and earned the club’s best first year player award. He later played professionally again for the Melbourne Demons AFL squad in 1989 and 1990.
He previously coached the USAFL’s DC Eagles squad. His dedication to footy and the Tigers are admirable, and the club is honored to have Dannie at the helm.
Carly is one of the most-talented center halfbacks in the nation. Although a Colorado native, she first learned about footy while living in Sacramento, California. Her experience in various sports such as soccer, volleyball, track, basketball and crew give her the hand up when reading the field, ensuring quick decision making and communicating to teammates. Carly coaches high school girls basketball where she also works as a math teacher.
Matt is a native of Diamond Creek, Victoria, where he played for the Diamond Creek Junior Football Club and for the University Blacks at Melbourne University. When not kicking the footy, Matt is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at CU Anschutz and concurrently leads a research program focusing on childhood leukemia.
Matt joined the Centennial Tigers because he wants to impart his love for footy on American athletes, particularly within the women’s game. “It’ll be a joy to be a part of the Tigers,” he said.
Matt is a long-suffering yet dedicated St. Kilda Saints supporter. He also loves to cook Burmese food as homage to his Burmese mother’s roots.
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