Coach and Volunteer of the Year

Coach and Volunteer of the Year

Coach of the Year

Sports coaches can have a great influence in assisting athletes to develop to their full potential and can impact on the culture of a club. They are responsible for training athletes in a sport by analysing their performances, instructing in relevant skills and by providing encouragement and setting the expectations of behaviour. All of this takes a lot of personal time, energy and knowledge, all of which are admirable traits recognised by Adelaide University Sport.

Our Coach of the Year awards are separated into elite and development categories, and are open to coaches who are either paid, receive an honorarium or volunteer. A salaried coach is not eligible. An elite coach is defined as a coach who has responsibility for the “A Grade team”.  A long term coach can also receive a ‘Service to University Sport’ award, however, the Coaches award is to recognise a significant contribution during the year of the award.

Nominations of suitable persons may be submitted by clubs, individuals from clubs or AU staff. The AU Sport Board will make the final decision on the award winners.

2020 Recipients

Coach of the Year - Development
Daniel Pitman

AU Wing Chun Club 

Daniel is the newest coach at the Wing Chun Kung Fu Club, and has made outstanding contributions during 2020. As the pandemic began to lockdown sports, Daniel helped the club transition to training online. He curated wing chun content and exercises for the online students, and made great efforts towards keeping up member's motivation and commitment to training while in lockdown. Daniel has been essential for the club's maintenance through the turbulence of last year.

Coach of the Year - Elite
Ben Hilliard

AU Cricket Club

Ben has led the Adelaide University Cricket Club to it's first Senior Premiership in 22 years, (South Australian Cricket Association T20 Cup), to Semi Finals in the SACA 1st Grade Premiership Semi-finals in each of the past three seasons as well as Grand Finals in the SACA One-Day and National Premier T20 Competitions.

Previous recipients

Volunteer of the Year

Adelaide University Sport Clubs, AU Sport and the University of Adelaide, would not be the organisations they are today without the assistance and valued contribution of our volunteers. We recognise these very important people in our sporting community in a number of ways. Clubs are encouraged to nominate members for Club Letters - Service awards and for long term volunteers, the Service to University Sport award is more relevant.

The Volunteer of the Year Award recognise volunteers who have made a significant contribution to a club, team or our organisation during the year, rather than over a period of say, three years. Nominations of suitable persons may be submitted by clubs, individuals from clubs or AUSF staff. The Board will make the final decision on the award winners.


2020 Recipients

Volunteer of the Year - Student
Will McGowan

AU Football Club

Will is a third year Civil Engineering and Finance student who has been a valued member of the Adelaide University Football Club since 2019. He is a valued member of the committee as the 2020 men’s player representative and has continually exceeded his role by assisting with event organisation, attendance at the recruitment drive at O week and being a leading editor of the club’s weekly newsletter.

Rhys Morgan

AU Touch Club

Rhys is a Bachelor of Science student and the Current Vice President of the Adelaide University Touch Club. He is in his third year with the Club and in this time has taken on two leadership roles on the Committee and has been pivotal in the success running of the club.


Volunteer of the Year - Non Student
Kim Evans

AU Rugby Club

Kim has given her time, passion and professional skills for the establishment and success of the University of Adelaide Roma's Women's Rugby 7's competition. She has propelled Adelaide University into the series combining her skills in relationship building, strategic planning, compliance and player welfare, without ever being paid or being asked to. She does this for the love of the University, Rugby as a sport and the AURUFC has benefited greatly from this relationship.

Previous recipients