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TTFA invites applicants for W/Warriors head coach, T&T women set for ninth change in six years

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), which is being managed by a Fifa-appointed normalisation committee at present, has opened its door for applicants for the position of Women’s National Senior Team head coach.

Applicants are asked to submit their resume, contact information and a copy of all related documents by email to technical.ttfa@gmail.com, or send submissions to the TTFA’s headquarters at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva on or before Tuesday 19 January 2021. There was no minimum license or coaching experience provided by the local football body.

Coaches may contact 364-0489 for further information.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goal scorer Nia Walcott (centre) is congratulated by teammates during Olympic qualifying action against Aruba in Couva on 30 September 2019.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/CA-Images/Wired868)

The Women Soca Warriors famously came within one result of a berth at the 2015 Canada Women’s World Cup. Since then, they have had eight coaches, as American Randy Waldrum was followed by Ross Russell, Richard Hood, Carolina Morace, Jamaal Shabazz, Anton Corneal, Shawn Cooper, and Stephan De Four respectively. (Anthony Creece also served as a stand-in for one international exhibition tournament.)

De Four steered the Women Warriors in the Olympic qualifying series in 2019, when Trinidad and Tobago were eliminated on home soil by St Kitts and Nevis at the Caribbean stage. 

Hood, who is also the head coach of Pro League outfit Police FC, took the Women’s Under-20 Team to the quarterfinal round of the 2020 Concacaf Championship, while he got the senior women into the semifinal stage of the 2016 Concacaf Olympic qualifying series.

It is uncertain who would examine the coaching submissions since the normalisation committee, headed by chairman Robert Hadad, has so far not acknowledged the TTFA’s technical committee.

At present, the technical committee comprises of: Narvin Charles, Dale Toney, Michael Grayson and Ken Elie. Richard Piper, Jinelle James and Norris Ferguson are adjunct committee members who do not hold voting rights.

Photo: Coach Richard Hood led Trinidad and Tobago to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship.
His contract expired at the end of the competition.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/Wired868)

(Normalisation committee requirements for Women’s National Senior Team head coach)

Applicants for the position of head coach must be able to: lead training sessions, provide motivation and advice during gameplay, develop game plans, attend tryouts, schedule team meetings, and should be able to identify the individual abilities of each player.

They should be able to:

  • Be a member of the Association’s technical department;
  • Lead and manage a national team, including its player personnel and technical staff;
  • Aid in the selection of the player personnel of said national team;
  • Develop and implement the training programme of said national team and submit said programme to the Association’s technical director;
  • Report on the implementation of said programme to the Association’s technical director and technical committee, including the performance of player personnel and technical staff;
  • Assist in the training of programmes of other national teams and perform other technical assignments, as recommended by the Association’s technical director and technical committee.
Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team huddle before kick off.
(Copyright AFP 2020)

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