Brisbane Roar wishes to advise that Westfield W-League Head Coach Mel Andreatta will depart the Club ahead of the upcoming season.
Andreatta has held the position since the beginning of the 2016/17 season and will step aside from her role as Roar Women Head Coach.
Andreatta, who recently formed part of the national team’s coaching staff at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will continue her role as part of the Westfield Matildas Female Coach Mentor Program.
The 2017-18 Premiership-winning mentor has the full support of BRFC to continue pursuing her goals as a professional coach in Australia with a continued focus on the development of female football.
As Head Coach, Andreatta led the Roar Women to back-to-back Westfield W-League top-two finishes, including an historic third Premiership in the 2017/18 season.
Under her guidance, the Roar has also produced a long list of national team representatives, at senior and under-age levels, in Australia and internationally.
Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre thanked Andreatta for her many years of service to Brisbane Roar & women’s football in Queensland.
“The opportunity for Mel to continue her role with the Westfield Matildas is a testament to the incredible work she has done here at Brisbane Roar, throughout Australia, and recently at the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Pourre said.
“On behalf of everyone at Brisbane Roar, we would like to sincerely thank Mel for her dedication and hard work in a variety of positions throughout many years at BRFC.”
Jake Goodship, who has been involved in the Club’s Academy program since its inception, most recently as Young Roar Head Coach, will take the reins of the Club’s Westfield W-League squad ahead of the 2019/20 Season.
Goodship this season led the Young Roar to one of its most successful NPL QLD campaigns in 2019, directly following its Foxtel Y-League Championship-winning season earlier in the year.
The Roar Women’s new Head Coach is excited for the new challenge and is focused on bringing more Westfield W-League success to the Club.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of the success the Roar Women have had, previously under Mel Andreatta,” Goodship said.
“There’s great staff and it’s a great playing squad – I’m excited to move forward and build more success here with the squad.
“I want to be successful, but we also want to improve. I am keen to be successful on field, but success also comes in pushing players to the next level, improving their games and progressing to places like the [Westfield] Matildas squad.
“The stronger Brisbane Roar is, the stronger the national team is too so I’ll be working as hard to bring success and improvement to the squad.”