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29 November 2001

Matilda/AIS Scholarship holder Bridgette Starr in action at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games - Photo: NSIC Collection ASC

Former Adelaide Sharks National Soccer League coach Adrian Santrac has been appointed as the new head coach of the AIS/Australian Women's Soccer Program.

Santrac has been in charge of the Australian Women's Soccer team on a periodic basis since November 2000 and will now take over the reins of the national team on a full-time basis.

The 43 year-old has proven over the past 10 years that he is a coach of the highest quality with experience at both national and international level. He was assistant coach of the Australian Men's Olympic Soccer Program leading up to and during the Sydney Olympics in which time he was involved in some 32 international matches played in various parts of the world.

Santrac says he is very much looking forward to the challenge of heading up the AIS/Australian Women's Soccer Program especially with World Cup qualifying matches to take place next year.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us next year in getting our players to the required level necessary for us to qualify for the World Cup in 2003," Mr Santrac said.

"I believe the AIS is the pre-eminent elite sport training institution of its type in the world and with the full resources and services that the Institute provides will be critical in women's soccer fulfilling its undoubted potential".

The Director of the AIS, Michael Scott said Adrian's appointment continues the Institute's efforts to engage the leading coaches for its programs.

"Adrian's extensive national and international coaching experience along with a playing career which spanned over 200 National Soccer League and Cup appearances for both West Adelaide and Adelaide City, will prove invaluable to the AIS/Australian Women's Soccer Program," Mr Scott said.

The AIS, in conjunction with Women's Soccer Australia, continues to help build the nation's future in women's soccer through the development of talented athletes.

Contact: David Packwood AIS Public Relations Officer
Phone: 02 62141476
Mobile: 0408 417894.

* The AIS is a major program of the Australian Sports Commission.

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