The nib Newcastle Knights are delighted to announce Ronald Griffiths has been appointed as the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Head Coach for the 2022 season.
Meet our new NRLW Head Coach
Griffiths, a Newcastle Woodberry Warriors junior, brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Knight's second season in the NRLW, which commences in August, 2022.
Ronald’s credentials include Assistant Coaching roles in NRL Women’s and Men’s Indigenous All-Stars, plus three years full-time with premiership-winning Coach Michael Maguire at Wests Tigers.
The proud Gommeroi man returns to his spiritual home on Awabakal country where he played junior and senior football, along with serving a lengthy coaching apprenticeship, including Head Coaching positions with Kurri Kurri, Maitland, and the Greta Branxton Rugby League Clubs.
The newly appointed Head Coach was delighted and grateful for the opportunity.
“I’m proud to be appointed Knights NRLW Head Coach," Griffiths said.
“Whilst acknowledging and paying homage to the family, friends, and colleagues that have supported him on his coaching journey, especially wife Chantal and kids Warrali and Kiata.
“My family and I grew up watching and loving the Newcastle Knights. To be given the chance to come home to coach at this club is very special and I’m looking forward to representing my family, my people, and the wider community.
“Newcastle is a renowned blue-collar community; success is built on the back of hard work and to me that’s what the Knights really pride themselves on. I intend to uphold those values.
“We’ve got one of the best junior nurseries in the world, it’s going to be great to help the next generation of female rugby league players progress through the pathways we now have from grass roots to elite participation.”
Furthermore, I’m excited to take on this unique opportunity and continue my coaching development under the tutelage of Garth Brennan and Adam O'Brien.
Newcastle Knights Head of Pathways Garth Brennan was pleased to have Griffith’s head up the NRLW program.
“Ronnie is a great acquisition to our club and the right person for this appointment, said Brennan.
“He brings great knowledge from many years of working hard to learn his coaching trade, especially traveling to Sydney and back home to Newcastle for over three years.
“Having done this myself, I know the sacrifices it takes and the toll it has on your family, in order to better yourself as a coach and equally importantly a person, he has earned this opportunity.
“We are establishing a wonderful roster with big names and quality people, who are keen to join the Knights and help us grow help grow this exciting pathway for female participation.”
The Club would also like to thank Casey Bromilow for his service and outstanding commitment to the NRLW side during their inaugural season.
Bromilow will remain as the Elite Pathways Program Manager at the Knights.