Wayne has previously been involved at the Club in 2019, coaching the then U19 team, and is familiar with many of our senior players.
Wayne is a highly experienced sports program director and coach with a development and inclusion focussed philosophy. His extensive experience working with major AFL football clubs, AFL pathway clubs, School Football Clubs and Community Football Clubs in both paid and volunteer capacities is a huge benefit to our Club.
His passion for the Club and our players is evident and he is looking forward to a positive and impactful approach to the Club.
We welcome Wayne and his wife Leanne to our Club.
Men's Senior Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach Men's Senior Team - David Fayman
We are fortunate to welcome David Fayman to our coaching group for 2024. David is no stranger to the Club and in 2022 was honoured with Life Membership. David is our most successful Full Forward and highest goal kicker in the history of our club, as well as numerous Golden Boot awards with both AJAX and VAFA. His football knowledge and dedication to the Club will be a huge lift for the forward line as well as backline and his many years of playing at high level football will only serve as a valuable asset to the players.
We welcome David and his wife Toni to the Coaching department of our Club.
Development Coach Men's Senior Team
Assistant Coach Men's Senior Team
Coach Sunday Thirds Team
Ryan is an AJAX man through and through, having played juniors, U19's in 2011 and been a part of the senior program since 2012. Having played 160 games and kicking 142 goals, he retired from playing midway through season 2022, and is now transitioning into the coaching role.
He has been coaching sport for 15 years - both football and basketball and is excited to begin this new chapter in his and the Club's timeline. Moving to Head Coach Sunday Thirds Team gives Ryan the opportunity to shape many exciting new players as well as experienced players in that team.
"Since being a part of the senior program, not once have the reserves played a final. I’m extremely motivated to help drive the standards of this team to ensure we do something that hasn’t been done in over a decade, while continuing to foster and maintain positive relationships and positive experiences within the group".
Assistant Sunday Thirds Coach
Having played for the Jackettes at Senior level for a few years, Samantha has always had a passion to Coach from a young age. She wants to engender a safe, friendly environment in which players can develop to their full potential and her aim is to improve players' skill sets and create better people.
Samantha is currently undertaking Level 2 coaching and is enjoying learning many new skills and information. She has Coaching experience - previously Assisting AJAX Junior U12 girls and U14's girls teams, and after retiring from playing she moved to assisting the Coach of the Sunday Thirds team.
When she is not immersed in football which is rare, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, going out with friends, cooking, watching tennis, Hawthorn football club and AJAX football. A former high level tennis player she also coached tennis for 6 years.
Head Coach, Women Jackettes
After working at a number of schools including Mt Scopus Memorial College, Michael has an extensive background in developing footballers of all ages. He has coached men and women’s programs in semi professional, school level and at community club environments. He has a background in a variety of sports having played Football and Australian Rules professionally.
His coaching credentials include Assistant Coach Sandringham FC, Oakleigh FC, Springvale FC Premiers 1995, Melbourne Grammar (2 Premierships) 1999-2014, Casey Demons Defensive line Coach & Williamstown FC Development Coach.
Michael has given an undertaking to provide a strong learning environment while ensuring that the women’s program maintains its strong links to community including developing the women into being ‘simply better’.