|Born||6 July 1975|
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
As of 23 September 2019
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.
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.
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.
In 2015, he returned to North Queensland as the inaugural coach of the new Intrust Super Cup side, the Townsville Blackhawks. In the club's first season, the side finished in first place and qualified for the Grand Final, losing to the Ipswich Jets.
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. In 2016, Woolf's Tongan side suffered a second straight defeat to Samoa in the Polynesian Cup.
|Opponent||Played||Won||Drew||Lost||Win Ratio (%)|
|Papua New Guinea||1||0||0||1||00.00|
|World Cup record|
|Australia/New Zealand/Papua New Guinea 2017||Third place||3/14||5||4||1||0|
His sister Katie Woolf is one of Australia’s only female commercial talkback radio broadcasters, on Mix FM Darwin. Meet Katie Woolf
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- "Farewell to Coach Kristian Woolf". 26 September 2018.
- "Nathan Brown to depart Newcastle Knights, effective immediately". National Rugby League. 27 August 2019.
- "Kristian Woolf to leave Knights for St Helens". Newcastle Knights. 10 September 2019.