Premiership coach Paul Groves has resigned as head coach at the Western Bulldogs.
Groves, who was the inaugural coach of the AFLW, informed players and staff of his decision on Monday evening.
He leaves after three years as a crucial component of the Bulldogs’ women’s program to move outside the football industry.
“For a long time, I have been planning for a career in coaching, but following starting a family with my wife Sarah over the past three years, we together made the decision that coaching within the AFL environment, either in a full-time or part-time capacity, was not a career I wanted to continue to pursue over the coming years,” Groves said.
“As someone with a long teaching and sporting background, I made the decision over the past few months that I would like to return to pursuing opportunities that combine these two passions of mine.
“Whilst this was a really tough decision to make, I believe it is also in the best interest of my family. I want to be the best dad and husband I can be."
Groves has left a big impact on the Bulldogs’ AFLW program, taking the team from second last in the first season to a fairy-tale premiership the following year.
The Bulldogs will immediately begin its search for a new AFLW head coach, as the Club continues its preparation for the 2020 season.