Coaching Staff

Torin Baker - TAC Head Coach

Torin played for Werribee FC in the VFL from 1999 – 2002 before moving to St Josephs in the GFL where he played 150 games and won the League Best and Fairest in 2007. He moved onto Camperdown FC in the Hampden Football League where he was a playing coach. The last two years Torin has played at Spotswood FC where he won a Premiership in 2011 whilst combining his assistant coaching role at the Western Jets.

Torin has previously worked with the U16 Western Jets squad in 2010 and 2011 and been a TAC Cup Assistant Coach.  In 2013 Torin was been appointed the Head Coach for the Jets.

2017 is the fifth season with Torin at the helm. In that time the Jets have played in the finals on two occasions in 2013 and 2014 and had the following players taken in either the AFL National Dtaft or AFL Rookie Draft; James Sicily, Liam Duggan, Corey Ellis, Jayden Laverde, Dillon-Viojo-Rainbow, Connor Menadue, Brenton Payne, Luke Goetz, Daniel Venables and Oscar Junker.

So far, James Sicily (Hawthorn), Liam Duggan (West Coast), Corey Ellis (Richmond), Jayden Laverde (Essendon) and Connor Menadue (Richmond) have all gone on to play AFL football. Daniel Venables (West Coast) and Oscar Junker (North Melbourne) are yet to debut.

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Tom Perrett - TAC Assistant Coach

Tom commenced his playing days for the Bacchus Marsh Football Club in the Ballarat Football League. He played his junior football at the Club from 1993 - 1999 and continued on as a senior player from 2000 - 2004. Tom had a stint at the Western Jets from 1998 - 2000 in the TAC Cup Competition. In 2005 Tom moved from the Ballarat Football League to the Bellarine Football League playing for Torquay for two seasons in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 Tom played in a senior premiership for the Torquay Football Club. In 2007 he moved to East Geelong and played in the Geelong & District Football League for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2009 Tom played a season with the Old Westbourne Grammarians in the VAFA before moving back to East Geelong for his final two seasons of his playing career for East Geelong in 2010 and 2011.

In Tom's final year of playing in 2011 he combined those duties with also being Assistant Coach and Chairman of Selectors at East Geelong. In 2012 Tom made the transition into Senior Coach of the Club as they finished runners up. In 2013 he moved to NEwton & Chilwell Football Club in the Geelong Football League where he was the Senior Assistant Coach. From their Tom joined the Western Jets in 2014 as the Opposition Analyst and Forward Scout before in 2015 bcoming an Assistant Coach looking after the Western Jets Backline. In 2016 Tom was the Midfield Coach and in 2017 Tom has looked after the Forwards.

In 2017, Tom combined his role as an Assistant Coach at the Western Jets with being the U/16 Vic Metro Assistant Coach.

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Mark Greenshields - TAC Assistant Coach

Mark was a Melton junior who in the mid 1990’s came through a similar pathway to our current players – firstly our Western Jets under 15 and 16 Development Squads, before playing TAC Cup Football and onto Williamstown (VFL).

Mark returned to senior local football at Melton (BFL) before joining Albion (WRFL) in 2000.Mark commenced coaching senior football at Melton Centrals (RDFL) in 2007 (2007-09, 2011) during which time he was also RDFL Intra-league (2008) and Inter-League (2009) Assistant Coach. Mark then returned to Albion as Senior Coach for the 2012 & ‘13 seasons. In 2014/15 Mark again returned to Melton (BFL) in various playing and coaching roles.

In season 2016 Mark is our TAC Cup midfield coach.

*Mark also currently coaches Melton Junior Football Club (RDFL) U/10’s where his two sons play.

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Matt Cape- TAC Assistant Coach

Matt Cape joined the Western Jets in 2017 as an Assistant Coach and will be looking after the Midfield Group.

Matt played VFL Football at the Williamstown Football Club and also has a long and distinguished Country Football career representing the Darley Football Club in the Ballarat Football League.

Matt is also a very good cricketer, he played for the Essendon Cricket Club and still plays for the Darley Cricket Club.

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Troy Scoble - TAC Assistant Coach

Troy played 304 senior games of country football at Melton South FNC and Riddell Football Club.He was the Melton South Senior club captain from 2001 – 2003. During 2001 Troy won a Ballarat Football League interleague premiership with Vic Country.

Troy moved onto coaching at Melton South as their Senior coach from 2006 – 2010 and also coached the BFL U18 Interleague team from 2006-2008. In 2007 he coached the team to the Vic Country Division 1 Country Championships. In 2011-12 he was the Assistant Coach at Riddle FC and in 2012 was also the Melton South Junior U12 coach which he continues to do.

Troy joined the Jets in 2012 as the U15 Assistant coach. in 2013 and 2014 Troy was the head coach for the U15 Victoria University Development Squad. In 2015 he took a step back from the Jets to contrate on his role at Riddell FC as their senior coach.

In 2016 Troy returned to the Jets to take up a role as an Assitant Coach for the TAC Cup Squad.

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Bridget Barker - TAC Girls Head Coach

Bridget started playing Youth Girls football in 2005, the second year of the competitions existence in Victoria. Since 2005 Bridget has been heavily involved in women’s and girls AFL. Some of her AFL football achievements include, coaching back to back premierships as head coach of the Melbourne University Under 18’s, gaining a level 2 AFL coaching accreditation in 2016, Winner of the AFL Football woman of the year emerging leader award 2015 and being the first woman and non-player to win an award at the North Melbourne Football Club Syd Barker Best and fairest awards, taking home the Peter Scanlon Community award.

Bridget has been involved in various female talents programs in coaching and administration roles such as the Victorian Kickstart Indigenous girls Victorian Team, the South Metro Junior Football interleague team, various diversity initiatives to get young multicultural women engaged in AFL and Next Generation Academy trials with the North Melbourne Football Club.

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Gary Brennan - U16 Head Coach

Gary represented Yarraville and Brunswick in the VFA during his playing days before playing in the FDFL. He then moved onto coaching both senior and junior clubs in the FDFL (now WRFL) winning premierships with St Albans, Sunshine Heights and Albion Football Clubs. Gary turned his hand to umpiring from 2002 – 2003 in the WRFL.

In 2006 Gary joined the Western Jets where he was an Assistant U15 coach from 2006 – 2009 and then the head U15 coach from 2010-2012.

Gary has been the U/16 Brad Johnson Head Coach since 2013 and has also been the Majak Daw Multicutural Squad Head Coach during that time.

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