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Maccabi Victoria Appoints Mark Williams as New Director of Coaching and Development

Posted: 10-Oct-2016 by Maccabi VIC

Maccabi Victoria is delighted to welcome Mark 'Choco' Williams to the Maccabi family as our new Director of Coaching and Development for all of its affiliated clubs.

The former Collingwood (AFL) captain and Port Adelaide premiership coach will also be the senior coach of the AJAX Football Club in a landmark partnership agreement with Maccabi Victoria

It is the first key initiative of the Henry Jolson Pathways Program, launched by Maccabi in 2015, to increase the level of professionalism and improve the standards of coaching across all our clubs and to attract and retain more Jewish children in a sporting environment. The Helen Synman Coaching Fund will also be used to support his appointment.

Williams will act as a resource for all Maccabi clubs and will bring elite coaching standards and cutting-edge high-performance strategies to Maccabi.

"Mark will be a fantastic resource for our 23 clubs and our several thousand coaches and athletes. His 40 years of experience at the top levels of the AFL means he will bring enormous wisdom and insight to our organisation," said Maccabi Victoria President Brian Swersky.

"Maccabi has a renewed commitment to excellence across the entire organisation,  to enable our clubs to become the first-choice destination for talented Jewish athletes.

"We will be making a sizeable investment in Mark, but it is important to understand that thanks to the generosity of the Jolson and Synman families, as well as other supporters through the Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation, the funding for this appointment was already in place. This was an opportunity we couldn't ignore," Swersky said.

Williams will be the first AFL premiership coach to take charge of a Victorian Amateur Football Association club on match days and will be looking to take AJAX back to Premier A Section for the first time since 1982.

He is to commence shortly with the football club given that the pre – season training starts in a few weeks and a number of summer sports are about to commence their season. There will be opportunities in the near future for him to be officially welcomed to Maccabi and its clubs and members.

About Mark Williams

A member of one of South Australia's leading sporting families, he joined Collingwood from SANFL club Port Adelaide and played 135 games for the Magpies between 1981 and 1986. He was captain of Collingwood from 1983 to 1986.

He then joined the Brisbane Bears where he played a further 66 games between 1987 and 1990.

Williams was appointed coach of Port Adelaide in 1999 and would coach the club for 274 games over 12 seasons, including the 2004 premiership, the club's first in the AFL.

After leaving the Power, he served as an assistant coach with Greater Western Sydney and Richmond.

A teacher by training, he is married to Pauline and they have five children.

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