Kristian Woolf is a coach on the rise and in demand, having turned down offers from several NRL clubs to join newly announced Intrust Super Cup club the Townsville and Districts Mendi Blackhawks as Head Coach until the end of the 2017 season.
Blackhawks Football Operations Manager Adrian “Happy” Thomson is thrilled Woolf chose to return to Townsville.
“We specifically targeted Kristian for the role of head coach not only because of his coaching experience but also his knowledge of the region and the TDRL competition,” Thompson said.
“We regard him as a local, he spent much of his coaching career here and that means we can hit the ground running.”
“He is an outstanding mentor who commands respect and inspires a genuine drive for success within his teams. An emerging club such as ours needs a strong leader and we believe we have successfully achieved this in signing Kristian.”
Woolf began his coaching career as an assistant at Townsville Brothers from 2002-2005. During this time he was also teaching and coaching rugby league at Ignatius Park College.
He led the Ignatius Park team to the Queensland State Schoolboys Championship in 2004.
Two years later Woolf started working with the North Queensland Cowboys as Development Manager and his career breakthrough came in 2009 when he was offered the head coaching role of the Cowboys National Youth side.
In 2010 he took the Cowboys under-20s through to the NYC semi-finals and in 2011 all the way to the grand final only to narrowly miss out on the title by a single point to the New Zealand Warriors.
Current Cowboys players and local products Michael Morgan, Kyle Feldt, Jason Taumalolo and Zac Santo were all part of Woolf’s grand final side in 2011.
After a stellar year in 2011, Woolf departed Townsville to become assistant coach at the Brisbane Broncos under Anthony Griffin in 2012. He thoroughly enjoyed his three seasons with the Broncos and now has the experience of NRL finals to add to his long list of achievements.
Woolf is excited about taking on a head coaching role in Queensland’s premier rugby league competition, the Intrust Super Cup.
“This role is an exciting opportunity for me and I believe I will definitely start with some momentum given my strong connection with the area and the local players who I have coached previously,” Woolf said.
“I am looking forward to the unique challenge that a new club like the Blackhawks will bring. My first priority will be working with the Happy Thomson on recruitment and then we will focus on developing a strong offseason program that gives the players the best opportunity to be competitive in 2015.”