With a potential work move to Adelaide on the cards, Bec Goddard asked former Port Adelaide forward Nick Salter if he knew if anyone was looking for a coach.
His old SANFL club Woodville West Torrens came calling and she'll be their under-18 forward coach next season.
Goddard was an assistant coach for Ainslie's NEAFL team this year and had Salter as one of her charges, but with the Tricolours dropping out of the second-tier competition she almost switched to Eastlake to stay involved with the league.
But her job as a policewoman is taking her to South Australia where football doors have also opened.
"I had a chat with Nick Salter just to see what he thought and I was thinking about getting a sports agent, but I didn't need to do that because after I spoke to Salts I got a phone call from Woodville the next day telling me they had a spot open and would I be interested in it," Goddard said.
"I caught up with the head coach [Shane Reardon] and had a coffee with him and got offered the job."
Goddard hoped winning the Football Woman of the Year honorary award would help make her dream of becoming a full-time coach a reality.
She said this was a step in the right direction.
Goddard said there were a few other female coaches emerging in Adelaide and she was looking forward to getting in touch with them.
"I feel like it's a step in the right direction, I won the award, I've got my little coaching accreditation this year and I think being in a football hungry state like South Australia, I'll get exposure to different style of football and a good competition and hopefully keep going from there," she said.