Werribee has bolstered its coaching ranks ahead of the 2020 VFL season by locking in NAB League and Vic Metro assistant Tom Perrett as the club’s new Backline & Defensive Coach.
Tom arrives at Avalon Airport Oval following a successful six-year stint at NAB League club Western Jets. He commenced as an opposition analyst, forward scout and development coach in 2014 before being appointed as a senior assistant coach.
Over a five-year period he looked after all three lines – Midfield (’16, ’18, ’19), Backs (’15) and Forwards (’17).
In recent times, Tom has also worked within the VIC Metro State Academy as an assistant coach with both the under 16 and 18 squads at the NAB AFL National Championships.
Werribee Football Manager Stuart Balloch highlighted Tom’s experience and excellence in the national underage player development space as key elements of his appointment.
“Tom is a terrific acquisition for our program. He’s a coach who has been active in the NAB League taking on various roles in both national carnivals and part of the AFL Victoria Young Guns programs, so he has a terrific background in supporting player pathways. He’s currently completing his level 3 which will be another feather in is cap.”
In addition to his coaching career, Tom has taught at Bacchus Marsh College since 2007, where he’s currently the Head of the School Sport Department.
The full Werribee squad will come together next week to kick off pre-season, marking the official start of Tom’s tenure with the club.
“I’m really excited, it’s a new program for me to work in, a new group of coaches and players, and I can’t wait to get into the role,” Perrett said.
Following a successful playing career that spanned almost two decades – primarily with Bacchus Marsh, Torquay and East Geelong, Tom turned his attention to coaching in 2011.
He went onto become senior coach of East Geelong and led them to the GDFL grand final in 2012 before joining Newton & Chilwell Football Club (GFNL) as a senior assistant. Fifteen years after he played at the Western Jets, he returned as a coach.
“Coaching in the VFL has always been something that I wanted to do along my pathway,” Perrett said.
“I’ve always wanted to try and coach at the highest possible level that I can, so to have landed a role and to work with a guy like Mark Williams is sensational.”Embed from Getty Images
Throughout his time at the Western Jets and Vic Metro, Tom has been hands on with a number of players who have been drafted as well as prospective draftees.
“At the Jets I worked closely with Zak Butters (Port Adelaide), Cam Rayner (Brisbane), Lachie Fogarty (Geelong), Daniel Venebles (West Coast), Buku Khamis (Western Bulldogs), Xavier O’Halloran (GWS), Tristan Xerri (North Melbourne) as well as 2019 hopefuls Emerson Jeka, Josh Honey and Darcy Cassar.
“In my time at Metro I’ve seen the rapid rise of Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, who are likely to be this year’s top two draft picks, as well many other potential top picks.”
Tom reflects fondly on his time developing young talent, but admits he’s ready to start the next chapter of his coaching career.
“It was great working with such talented players and kids in the elite pathways, and now I get to work with guys who are a little bit older and a bit more experienced.
“Because I live in Geelong I’ve followed the fortunes of the teams that are on this side of the bridge quite closely.
“The last few years Werribee has caught my eye. It was great to see the club have a good season last year and I’ve spoken to a few players and they’re pretty confident they can build on what they started in 2019.”