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Peta Searle is a devoted mother of two young children, Jackson and Tessa, who lives in the Western suburbs with their female German short hair pointer called Tom.

Besides Peta’s love for her kids, camping, music festivals, and sport - in particular AFL and cricket - she is passionate about educating and protecting children and teenagers, as well as empowering women in the fields of sport and leadership.

On a professional level, Peta is an Australian Rules football coach on the move and was appointed Development Coach for the St Kilda FC in early 2014, the first female coach in the AFL.

Previously, Peta was the Port Melbourne assistant coach to Gary Ayers and was an integral part to the defensive structures of Port’s 2012 VFL title defense before being named the head coach for the Western Bulldogs Women’s team, for the AFL’s first exhibition match.

Her football coaching pathway has been filled with firsts. The first Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL) coach to coach a team (Darebin Falcons) to 5 consecutive Premier Final wins. The first female coach in the TAC with the Western Jets. The first head coach of the AFL Victoria VWFL Academy Coach/Mentor and the first female to coach in the VFL and now the first and only female coach to coach at the AFL level. Combine this with a level 3 accreditation and a growing reputation in football ranks and you have one of the most talented coaches not to have played AFL going around.

Peta manages to combine her passionate AFL occupation with her greater love being her children, with clear and uncompromising philosophy towards parenting, coaching and development.  Peta makes for both an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker on the topics of coaching, teamwork, leadership, communication and the enjoyment of competing.


Development Coach, St Kilda FC 2014-
Head Coach, Western Bulldogs Womens Team 2012
Assistant Coach, Port Melbourne FC (Defence) 2012, 2013
Head Coach, VFL Women’s Academy 2012 – 2014
Assistant Coach, Western Jets TAC Under 16  2011
Head Coach, Victorian Women’s Team 2011 – 2013
All Australian Coach, Woman's National Championship 2011
5x Premierships as Head Coach of Darebin (VWFL) 2010

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