Nedlands teen gives away promising soccer career to focus on coaching


Zack Morgan has been praised for encouraging, supporting and treating each of his players with fairness.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie  d472761
Zack Morgan has been praised for encouraging, supporting and treating each of his players with fairness. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d472761

ZACK Morgan says he has always felt there was more to sport than winning and losing.

The Nedlands resident was an accomplished junior soccer player, notching up numerous accolades over his short career.

Among them was best and fairest awards, selection in UWA Nedlands’ first team as a 16-year-old, and selection for a Football West representative side.

But the 18-year-old gave the game away as a player to follow his true passion: coaching.

“When I originally started coaching, it was casually at holiday and after-school clinics.

“However, it didn’t take me long to realise how much I enjoyed it,” he said.

“Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and watching them develop into great young people is the most rewarding thing to me.

“I was lucky enough to play for years and years and I made a lot of lifelong friends along the way… but coaching comes more naturally to me than playing ever did.

“This, mixed in with hard work, fingers crossed I can make a positive impact on lots of children’s lives.”

The Nedlands resident’s fairness and sportsmanship encouraged UWA Nedlands Football Club sporting association manager Michelle Menezes to nominate Morgan for a Local Sports Star Service to Sport Award. “I have watched Zack over the last three years grow into a well-rounded, mature and successful young man,” she said.

“He encourages, supports and treats each player with fairness.

“His players have a quiet respect for him, acknowledging his expertise and learning how to be good sportsmen and women by following his example.”

Ms Menezes said Zack had encouraged his players to compete fairly, win humbly and lose with dignity.

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