North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos captain Emma Kearney has been a pillar of the club since she arrived at Arden Street in 2019, captaining the blue and white while also serving as Head of Education of The Huddle – North Melbourne's community arm.

She joined the club’s AFL coaching group as part of the Women’s Coach Acceleration Program, which is designed to fast-track the development of women in coaching and assist in their progression to senior coaching roles across both AFL and AFLW programs.

The role has seen Kearney, also a qualified teacher, provide support, guidance and education to the club’s first-to-third-year players within the AFL program, with a specific focus on player development, personal development and coaching.

An eight-time AFLW All-Australian, Kearney brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as well as a fresh perspective to the coaching group and senior side.