'Exciting opportunity': Catherine Cannuli appointed Wanderers W-League head coach

Recruitment is the first thing on the list for new Western Sydney Wanderers W-League coach Catherine Cannuli.

The Carnes Hill resident, who has been assistant coach since 2017, was promoted to the role of head coach following the departure of club legends Dean Heffernan and Michael Beauchamp who had coached the team the past two seasons.

Cannuli played 22 games in the red and black before re-joining the club in a coaching role where she has supported the development of young players. She was also the first women's technical director of the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association.

The former Bossley Park High School student described the role as an "exciting opportunity." Her goal is simple: to take the club back to the finals in 2022.

Recognised: Catherine Cannuli receives her coach of the year award from General Manager of Leagues, Tracey Scott. Picture: Image courtesy of FFA/Photographer: Joseph Mayers

Recognised: Catherine Cannuli receives her coach of the year award from General Manager of Leagues, Tracey Scott. Picture: Image courtesy of FFA/Photographer: Joseph Mayers

"I've been involved with the club since the very beginning, first as a player and now as head coach," she said.

"It's a great opportunity and one that I have always wanted to do. I have been around a lot of good coaches and had some great mentors who have guided me along the way.

"Having Southern Districts Soccer Football Association and the Wanderers supporting me over my coaching journey over the last few years has been a blessing. They have been so supportive of me growing as a coach and providing me with the resources and tools to become the coach I am today.

"I've got to hit the ground running now with recruitment and planning. There is a lot that needs to be done and I've been around for a long enough time now so I know what needs to be done."

Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas said Cannuli has been "nothing short of outstanding" in her work with the women's program.

"The way she interacts and encourages the playing group and staff, both on-and-off the pitch is exemplary, she brings people together and cares deeply about her work and this club," he said.

"We are delighted to have Cath take up the head coach role, not only does she deserve this chance, she has well and truly earned thanks to her tireless work and dedication to women's football and the Wanderers Football Club."

Last year Cannuli's dedication and commitment to women's football from the grassroots to the elite saw her recognised with the coach of the year gong at the recent Female Football Awards.

"It's amazing to be recognised for my coaching. It's something I never though of when I was playing. I find it really rewarding," she told the Champion at the time.

"One of my major achievement is getting other girls into coaching because otherwise they are lost to the game when they finish playing."