West Coast Amateur Football Club commenced its involvement with the WAAFL in 1984.
Over the course of its 32 year history, the club has experienced numerous highlights, including a number of successful seasons in the WAAFL’s premier A Grade competition, culminating in arguably the pinnacle of West Coast's history, with the League team winning the A Grade Premiership in 1994 under the guidance of John Dimmer (who went on to coach West Perth to WAFL flags in 1995 and 1999, followed by premierships with South Fremantle in 2005 and 2009).
The club has provided a launching pad for a number of high-profile football careers. For example, Ken Judge took on his first senior coaching position at West Coast AFC in 1990-1991, before going on to coach 89 AFL games with Hawthorn (1996-1999) and 44 AFL games at the West Coast Eagles (2000-2001). Similarly, a number of future stars of the WAFL competition first cut their teeth at West Coast; they include Shane Beros (Swan Districts veteran and winner of the 2003 Sandover Medal), Corey Johnson (160 game midfielder at West Perth, who won the 2002 Simpson Medal, for best-on-ground in the annual state game) and Kim Rigoll (West Perth Premiership player in 1999 (Captain) and 2003).
In 2001, West Coast merged with Cowan University, to form West Coast Cowan Amateur Football Club. The success of this merger was confirmed later that year, when West Coast Cowan won the WAAFL's coveted Champion Club award in its inaugural season.
From its City Beach Oval base, West Coast Cowan enjoyed a relatively successful period: the B Reserve team won the 2001 Premiership; the B Colts team were 2003 Premiers; and the West Coast Cowan C League team (which included a number of players from the 2003 Colts Premiers) won the 2006 flag under the guidance of Tom Wagner, thereby earning promotion back to B Grade in 2007, and further success with the League side achieving the remarkable feat of back-to-back flags that year.
After a number of years in A Grade, West Coast Cowan slipped back to B Grade in 2010. However, after a few years of consolidation on and off the field, with recently-renovated clubrooms, new floodlights and continued player development, the club has entrenched itself back in A Grade since 2014, after narrowly losing the 2013 Grand Final to Kalamunda.
Since its genesis in 1984, West Coast (including its pre-merger identities) has won a total of 20 Premierships. This makes the Tigers one of most successful clubs in WAAFL history. We look forward to building on that record this year, which marks the club's 32nd birthday and the 41st year of amateur football "down by the sea".