Kristian Woolf

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Kristian Woolf
Personal information
Born (1975-07-06) 6 July 1975 (age 44)
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia[1]
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2019 Newcastle Knights 2 1 0 1 50
2020 St Helens 0 0 0 0
Total 2 1 0 1 50
Representative
Years Team Gms W D L W%
2014– Tonga 12 7 0 6 58
As of 23 September 2019
Source: [2]

Kristian Woolf (born 6 July 1975) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach who is the head coach of the Tongan national team. He previously was an interim head coach for the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.

He will take charge of St Helens for the start of the 2020 season.

Playing career[edit]

Hailing from Mount Isa, Queensland, Woolf played for the Souths Magpies in Brisbane between 1996 and 1997.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2002, Woolf began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the Townsville Brothers in the Townsville & District Rugby League (TDRL) competition. At the same time, Woolf was teaching at Ignatius Park College and coaching their senior rugby league side, winning the Queensland State Schoolboys Championship in 2004.[3]

In 2005, Woolf joined the North Queensland Cowboys as their junior development manager. After holding the role for four seasons, Woolf became the team's NYC coach in 2009. He took the side to the finals for the first time in 2010 and to their first Grand Final in 2011, which they lost in golden point to the New Zealand Warriors.[4]

In 2012, Woolf joined the Brisbane Broncos as an assistant coach to Anthony Griffin.[5]

In 2015, he returned to North Queensland as the inaugural coach of the new Intrust Super Cup side, the Townsville Blackhawks.[6] In the club's first season, the side finished in first place and qualified for the Grand Final, losing to the Ipswich Jets.[7][8]

Woolf was appointed head coach of the Tongan national team in 2014. In October 2015, Woolf recorded his first win with Tonga in the Asia-Pacific 2017 World Cup qualifying game against the Cook Islands.[9] In 2016, Woolf's Tongan side suffered a second straight defeat to Samoa in the Polynesian Cup.[10]

On 26 September 2018, Woolf officially left his role as Blackhawks' head coach, which he held for four seasons, to take up an assistant coaching position with the Newcastle Knights.[11]

On 27 August 2019, Woolf was named interim head coach for the Knights for the remainder of the 2019 season after Nathan Brown stepped down.[12]

On 10 September 2019, it was announced that Woolf would take up the head coach role at St. Helens RFC in 2020, signing a 2-year contract with the club having the option to extend a further year.[13]

Tonga record[edit]

Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win Ratio (%)
 Cook Islands 1 1 0 0 100.00
 England 1 0 0 1 00.00
 Fiji 1 1 0 0 100.00
 Lebanon 1 1 0 0 100.00
 New Zealand 1 1 0 1 50.00
 Papua New Guinea 1 0 0 1 00.00
 Samoa 3 1 0 2 33.00
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 100.00
TOTAL 10 6 0 4 60.00
World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea 2017 Third place 3/14 5 4 1 0
Total 0 Titles 0/1 5 4 1 0

Personal life[edit]

Woolf's brother, Ben, is the current coach of the Tweed Heads Seagulls Queensland Cup side.[14]

His sister Katie Woolf is one of Australia’s only female commercial talkback radio broadcasters, on Mix FM Darwin. Meet Katie Woolf

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackhawks head west". Qrl.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Kristian Woolf - Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugby League Project.
  3. ^ "Head coach named for Blackhawks". Cowboys.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ Barton, Joe (2 October 2011). "Warriors win Toyota Cup thriller". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Woolf hungry for Cowboys glory". Couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ "The Woolf pack". Townsvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Blackhawks clinch minor premiership". Nrl.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Ipswich Jets win Intrust Super Cup". Nrl.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Tonga qualify for 2017 World Cup". Nrl.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Samoa v Tonga: Five key points". Nrl.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Farewell to Coach Kristian Woolf". 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Nathan Brown to depart Newcastle Knights, effective immediately". National Rugby League. 27 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Kristian Woolf to leave Knights for St Helens". Newcastle Knights. 10 September 2019.
  14. ^ http://www.tweedheadsseagulls.com.au/news/ben-woolf-is-seagulls-isc-coach-for-2018.html