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Jase lands role with Richmond AFLW

Former Geelong Falcons Girls coach Jason Armistead. (krockfootball.com.ai Image/Al Packer)

JASON Armistead’s impressive stint as the inaugural coach of the Geelong Falcons Girls team has been recognised by his addition to Richmond’s coaching staff for its debut AFLW season.

Armistead, who coached BFL club Anglesea for two seasons after an impressive playing career with Colac and South Barwon, says the role only appeared on his radar in the last couple of months.

“I was talking to (Richmond coach) Tommy Hunter about some of our players about 6-8 weeks ago, and it started from there,” Armistead told krockfootball.com.au.

“(Talks) ramped up over the last one or two weeks.

“It’s going to be awesome. It’s Richmond first year in the competition, and there are so many things I’ll get to learn.

“I can’t wait.”

Armistead admits he never dreamt he would be in this position after being offered the Falcons role in late 2016

“I had just finished at Anglesea and was probably going to have a break,” Armistead said.

“I’m pretty grateful that (former Talent Manager) Katie Geerings rang me about coaching the first Falcons Girls program.

“It’s like women’s footy in general; it’s got pretty big pretty quickly.”

Armistead posted an impressive 22-3 win-loss record across his three seasons in charge, which included winning the 2018 TAC Cup (now NAB League) premiership.

Players of the ilk of Geelong trio Nina Morrison, Olivia Purcell and Denby Taylor, along with 2019 draftees Lucy McEvoy and Mia Skinner have all come under Armistead’s tutelage.

He says he’ll miss helping develop the next crop of young female stars.

“I hope it keeps going from strength-to-strength,” Armistead said.

“I’ve put my heart and soul into it for the last three years, and I’ll be keeping a close eye on how they’re going.”

Armistead will control the Tigers’ forward line in 2020.

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