Natalie Wood become part of Geelong Cats history as the first female coach to be appointed to a full-time role with the club.
Wood became assistant coach of the Cats AFLW side in 2019 as well as VFLW head coach. Her role saw her undertake work in the club’s Next Gen Academy aswell.
Her journey to the Geelong Cats began in 2016 when she joined the club as assistant coach of the Cats VFLW side alongside senior coach Paul Hood.
Wood was an assistant coach of the AFLW Under 18 Allstars game in 2017 and an assistant coach with Vic Country in the AFL Women’s Under 18 National Championships throughout 2018.
Wood’s successful 16-year football career included 190 games and premierships with the Darebin Falcons and Melbourne University.
Wood played for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL Women’s exhibition matches in 2013 and 2014, was a 10-time state representative in the AFL Women’s National Championships and a three-time All-Australian before retiring at the end of 2014.