Burke departs kennel

Nathan Burke. (Luke Hemer) 203633_42

The Western Bulldogs have parted ways with AFLW coach Nathan Burke, following the 2023 season.

Burke joined the Club in 2019 and has coached five seasons with the Bulldogs over four years, leading the side to a finals appearance in Season 7.

Western Bulldogs chief executive Ameet Bains paid tribute to Burke for the important contribution he has made across the club’s women’s program.

“Nathan has played a significant role in the club’s journey within the AFLW and we’re thankful for his strong contribution over the past five seasons,” Bains said.

“He became our first full-time coach after leading the team to finals at the end of 2022 and has developed strong relationships with his staff and players during his tenure.

“After careful consideration, the club has decided to move in a different direction heading into next season, as we strive for sustained success in all aspects of our women’s football program.

“We thank Nathan for his time at the Bulldogs and wish he and his family all the best in their future endeavours.”

During his tenure, Burke led the Dogs to 18 wins and a draw from 46 games, achieving winning seasons on two occasions.

“I thank the Western Bulldogs for allowing me to live my purpose of making a difference in other people’s lives – if I did that, then I walk away content,” Burke said.

“I also want to thank the people of the west for embracing me as part of your club. I hope success is just around the corner for you.”

The club said it will now begin a process to appoint the next coach of its AFLW team and will assess the need for further changes within the women’s football program over the coming weeks.