A familiar name amongst the Territory’s footy community, Weatherald and his family moved to Darwin at the end of 2014 when he was appointed senior and club coach of the Waratah Football Club for the following two years.
In a part-time capacity, he was the head coach of the NTFL Premier League team while also overseeing management of all other teams, players, volunteers and officials at the Tahs.
Weatherald takes up the NT Thunder role with an excellent understanding of state-based competitions after playing for 17 years (311 games) with the Sturt and Norwood Football clubs in Adelaide’s SANFL competition.
In 2002 he won the Magarey Medal, the highest award bestowed on an SANFL player and after retiring as a player transitioned smoothly into the coaching ranks.
His South Australian coaching credentials include the SANFL State Under 16 team, being an assistant coach at the Norwood Football Club and head coach of the North Adelaide Under 18 Centre of Excellence.
Weatherald’s coaching experience also includes a year with the 2016 NT Thunder NEAFL side and has so far seen him contribute to the development of 31 players who today are on AFL lists.
In 2013, he completed his Level 3 High Performance Coaching degree and away from footy he is the Director of Elite and Community Sport at the Essington School Darwin.
The NT Thunder VFL Women’s side will be Weatherald’s first foray in coaching an elite women’s team.