MELBOURNE’S AFLW assistant coach Tamara Hyett has been awarded the 2022 AFL Coaches Association Women’s Coaching Pathway Scholarship.

Hyett has been an important member of the Demons’ coaching panel since 2020, coming to the club after three years at the Sandringham Dragons leading its Under 18s side within the NAB League competition.

Since joining the red and blue, the mother of two has worked closely alongside Melbourne AFLW senior coach Mick Stinear, developing her skills at every opportunity, most recently commencing her Level 3 Coaching Accreditation.

The highly regarded Hyett said she was honoured to be awarded the 2022 scholarship and was eager to get started.

“I’m really excited to have received this scholarship from the AFL Coaches Association,” Hyett said.

“I have a thirst for knowledge and my competitive nature drives me to continually evolve and improve. The opportunities that winning this presents, can only enhance my growth as a coach.

“Melbourne Football Club and in particular Mick Stinear, have been a great support in my coaching development, and for that I am grateful.”

Through the 2022 scholarship, Hyett will be upskilling with professional development opportunities including a mentorship with Melbourne AFL assistant coach Adem Yze.

Yze is set to share the wide knowledge he has gained through his extensive coaching journey.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to mentor Tamara, and I can’t wait to connect and start sharing our knowledge around coaching,” Yze said.

“To be able to assist with the challenges we face within our roles, as well as share ideas around our philosophies on coaching young athletes, is something I’m looking forward to.

“I’ve got a couple of mentors that I lean on and connect with often, so being able to assist Tamara during her coaching journey is exciting for me.”

The AFL Coaches Association’s Women’s Coaching Pathway Scholarship was launched at the start of 2019 to support the ambitions of AFLW players and fast-track their development to coach at the highest level.

Hyett is the fourth scholarship recipient, with previous recipients including GIANTS captain, VFL development coach and NAB Academy Coach, Alicia Eva, former Collingwood AFLW vice-captain and current Richmond Football Club AFLW Development Coach, Emma Grant and Hawthorn VFLW Assistant Coach Christina Polatajko.