David Carden is the newest addition to the Box Hill Hawks VFL Women’s side after being appointed
as an assistant coach for the 2018 VFLW season.
The man universally known as ‘DC’ is set to roll up his sleeves as midfield coach of a team that
exceeded expectations in their maiden season.
Carden joins Box Hill after being an assistant coach of the inaugural season of TAC Cup Girls’ side
Eastern Ranges, his first placement coaching women’s football on a journey that has included the
Knox Falcons and South Belgrave.
“It’s actually a funny story – I had [Box Hill player] Olivia Flanagan, one of my Eastern Ranges players, and I went along to watch her in Round 2 against the VU Western Spurs where she kicked the first goal.
“I then came back about eight rounds later and I couldn’t believe just how much the standard
had lifted. I made a point of saying it to Paddy the next time I saw him at Ranges’ training and it
went from there.”
Carden says the example set by Box Hill coach Patrick Hill spells an exciting and prosperous future.
“There’s a school of thought that says when you’re coaching girls you’ve just got to teach them to
kick and they’ll be alright. Paddy’s gone beyond that.
His passion and commitment to the development of women’s football is just inspiring and it’s one of the main reasons I’m so looking forward to being at Box Hill.”
And it’s a sentiment reciprocated by the senior coach.
“We were really impressed by DC’s enthusiasm and organisation,” says Hill. “He’s someone I
identified early on as being really good for our program.”
Carden’s coaching duties will officially begin when pre-season training commences in late