Inaugural Eagles coach quits after one season

WEST Coast coach Luke Dwyer has stepped aside from his role as AFLW coach after one season at the helm. 

A statement from the Eagles said the Dwyer's decision had come "in the face of a challenging environment created by the impacts of COVID-19". 

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It's not the only coaching change to have come this year as the ramifications of COVID-19 affect the football industry, with North Melbourne having already replaced the out-of-contract Scott Gowans with its AFL scout Darren Crocker. 

Richmond is still hunting for a coach after Tom Hunter's contract was not renewed. 

The Eagles won just one game in the truncated NAB AFLW season – their first – finishing last in Conference B with a percentage of just 32.1. 

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"Life has thrown up a few twists and turns in the last few months and I have made the decision that I cannot continue in the role," Dwyer said. 

"It was not a decision I made lightly, but it came to the point where I had to make the best decision for my family. 

"It was great to be involved in the club’s inaugural AFLW season, where we had to deal with a great deal of adversity, and that experience, along with the people involved, will always be special to me. 

"The integrity and will of the playing group was exceptional and we could not have asked more of them." 

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West Coast CEO Trevor Nisbett said the club was disappointed to see Dwyer leave. 

"But we understand the reasons and wish him every success in the next phase of his life," Nisbett said. 

"He has been with the club for four years, the last couple in the AFLW space and did a terrific job under the circumstances. Luke and (head of women's football) Adam Selwood did a great job identifying the right people and players to be involved in the program."

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