Heather Garriock was the special guest on episode four of Football Coaches Australia’s ‘The Football Coaching Life’ podcast.
Garriock is perhaps best known for the 130 caps she won representing the Matildas and her expert commentary on Optus Sport. Her international career spread over 13 years and included three FIFA Women’s World Cups, two Olympic Games and three Asian Cups, culminating with a win in China during 2010.
Heather is a member of the Football Australia Starting XI and is the FCA Vice President. She was Head Coach of Sydney United FC (NPL) 2014-17, Canberra United FC (W-League) 2017-20 and was also a Matildas Assistant Coach in 2017.
Speaking with Gary Cole, Garriock details how she initially got into coaching, her coaching mentors, how her coaching has changed over the journey, the influence coaches from other sports had on her career, her most enjoyable moments and much more.
Key Quotes in Episode Three
Why she coaches
“That’s the question I used to ask myself. It’s a hard gig. It’s a lonely job…but you coach because you want to pass on, give back, help, inspire and do what some of your past coaches did for me.”
The influence Tom Sermanni had on her career
“That man has taught me so much about life on and off the field…he just knew what made me tick.”
On the 2010 Asian Cup final and what Tom Sermanni told the girls before the penalty shootout
“It is absolutely pissing down with rain. We’re about to go into a penalty shootout, the first silverware for football in Australia at a major tournament. Tom said ‘we better hurry up with the penalty shootout, we’ve got wheel of fortune back on at the hotel at about 7pm. So make sure you do a good job guys, so I can get back and watch that.’
On her 3 years coaching at Canberra United
“It was a tough period, but I think I needed to go through that. I hadn’t in my (playing) career had to go through many obstacles. But that was a big learning curve.”
A valuable lesson she learned during her coaching career
“Emotional stability. You didn’t have to have it as a player in my opinion, if you wanted to be emotional you could do that on the field and almost get away with it.”
Final piece of wisdom for coaches
“You never know everything…you can learn from everybody.”