Carl Merrison has ambitions to one day be the first Kimberley man to coach a first division AFL side. He is a proud First Nations man who is passionate about football, youth and storytelling.


Carl is eager to engage with AFL teams to help improve cultural awareness, Indigenous player well-being, player development as well as coaching opportunities.

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It’s me Carl

The time has come for the big move from my shared site with my partner and co-author, Hakea Hustler, to my own little space in cyberspace. So welcome to my new website. Here I will share with you football updates, writing stuff and little bits about my culture and life. Stay tuned.


Carl Merrison is a Jaru/Kija man from the Halls Creek shire in the East Kimberley.

Carl is an experienced AFL coach who holds his Level 3 AFL Coaching Certificate. He coached junior Clontarf Foundation football for nearly 10 years. Carl was also the Senior Men’s Coach of Halls Creek Hawks for many years leading them to several premierships. Carl coached the debut Lismore Swans Women’s Team to victory two years in a row. Carl now works as the Kimberley Spirit AFL pathway coordinator for the whole of the Kimberley.

Carl also holds his Certificate IV in Youth Work and has worked for over 10 years as a youth mentor.

Carl is an award winning author of Black Cockatoo (Magabala 2018) and has several more books contracted for release in the next few years. He was the Black&Write! Fellowship winner in 2020 and shortlisted for the SLWA Writer’s Fellowship in 2020.


Carl can be contacted on:

carl dot f dot merrison at gmail dot com