Former Socceroo Dean Heffernan will take over as head coach of Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League.
Heffernan will be assisted by inaugural Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp and current W-League assistant coach Catherine Cannuli.
Heffernan retired with the Wanderers in 2014 but has moved into coaching roles, his current role as head coach of the Wanderers U20s team in the NPL2 and assistant coach role with the NPL2 and last season’s Foxtel Y-League team that reached the grand final for its second consecutive season.
Beauchamp, who recently joined Heffernan as an assistant in the U20s, will make his first step up into senior coaching with his assistant coach role.
Cannuli will continue to develop her already impressive coaching credentials as an assistant coach along with her role as Women’s Technical Director at Southern Districts Football Association.
“It is a honour and privilege to be given this opportunity to work with the Wanderers Westfield W-League team,” said Heffernan.
“Having played and coached at this club already I know the desire for success that exists in our club and our membership and fanbase.
“With Cath and Michael, we have a group of people that not only have played at the elite level but have also progressed through the youth development coaching pathway and understand the culture and expectation of this club.
“We want to build a winning mentality and to harness and develop the elite local talent Western Sydney has to offer.”
Wanderers W-League assistant coach Cath Cannuli said she was excited for the season ahead.
“I have been with the Wanderers for many years now and the work happening on and off the pitch is impressive.
“With our new training facility in Blacktown and games to be played at Bankwest Stadium and Marconi Stadium, we’ll have the best facilities in the league and a great opportunity ahead of us.”
As inaugural captain of the Wanderers Hyundai A-League team, Beauchamp knows how important culture and hard work is in creating a great team.
“I believe that with Dean and Cath we will create a very strong working environment and get the best out of each other and our group of players,” said Beauchamp
“I’m excited about the opportunity and can’t wait for the hard work to begin.”
The club recently parted ways with former head coach Dan Barrett following his one season at the club.
“As a club, we would like to thank Dan for his contribution, he is a great person and we wish him the best of luck in the future,” said club CEO, John Tsatsimas.