Coach profile: Scott Gowans

Scott Gowans takes the reins of the VFLW ahead of the North Melbourne Tassie Kangaroos' inaugural season in the AFLW. We caught up with Scott to talk about his footy philosophy.


Hi Scott, what is your footy background?

I played at Clayton, Oakleigh, Mazenod and Kiama, coached U15 and U17 boys at Fountain Gate Junior Football Club, and was also the Coaching Coordinator there. I coached senior men’s footy at Kiama (NSW) and Longwarry, and assistant at Berwick. With female footy I was assistant coach at Vic Metro and head coach at Dandy Stingrays, and then moved on to head coach at Vic Country and Diamond Creek senior women’s last year. I was also senior assistant coach at Carlton AFLW in the inaugural season in 2017.

What is your coaching philosophy?

My philosophy is based around 3 key words: preparation, clarity and communication, in an environment that insists that mistakes are okay as long as we learn from them. So it’s all based on a growth mindset.

What are your footy goals?

I love winning! Most people in footy do, but I am really focussed on getting the process right so that the results take care of themselves. That means our program off-field – coaching, conditioning and culture – reflects a pathway that allows the scoreboard to take care of itself. It is vital that we all get something out of the year, and I still think it rings true that you get what you put in. So anyone that is prepared to put in the time will definitely get some value out of the season.

What are your footy highlights?

I have to say how special it was to coach Diamond Creek WFC and play in the grand final at Etihad last season, but also being involved as a coach in the first game of AFLW at Ikon. I coached with Jayne Lange who also coaches Darebin, and she and I walked around the boundary from the players race to get to the coaches’ box at the start of the game. We had no idea how big the crowd was, and as we walked on the ground I turned and commented about ‘how good is this!’, and Jayne had a few tears! I must say it struck me just how lucky I am that people like Jayne and all the trailblazers at Melbourne Uni battled so hard to build a competition for years and years, that people like me get to benefit from. I will always be appreciative of all the wonderful women that have and continue to work hard at these foundation community clubs. It is a memory I will cherish for a long time.

What do you do/like to do outside of the game?

I work fulltime at North Melbourne with some great people. Away from footy, it’s music and trying to build our house, which is a challenge in itself. Other than that, spending time with the kids and my wife Jodie, mostly watching footy! 

As told to Yve Clerehan Tyndall