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Eugene Lawrenz

Eugene LawrenzClub: Sandringham SC

Position at club: Technical Director

What coach education means to you and your club: I have been a course presenter for 7 years now and educated thousands of coaches. This to me is the biggest contribution I have made to the development of football, because all of these coaches have in turn hopefully coached their players with more confidence, and feel as though they are achieving more with their coaching using the tools and ideas I have helped them find within themselves.

I feel it is important that basics such as ensuring training sessions have maximum participation, are fun, and have the very much underrated element of being game related throughout (PDE), need to be the bare minimum coaching standards we establish across the country. Then we can start to work on other things such as appropriate coaching styles and creating a good environment/culture in your team, observation and critical thinking skills, as well as getting the quality in training at the right level of ability to improve the players.

At my club we offer a lot of other workshops and mentoring to our coaches, which provides them with ongoing support and reinforcement of these key principles. I have seen over the years I have been there that this has improved the overall standard of coaching and subsequently the quality of the players and their teams as well. The level of buy-in and consistency is very high which is fantastic for such a large community club. Hopefully the coaches who work at Sandringham feel that they benefit a lot from this, and we are setting a good example for other clubs to emulate.


Craig Moore

craig mooreClub: FFV

Position at club: Coach Education Manager

What coach education means to you and your club: I believe in PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT and therefore I want to ensure that any practice sessions for players have been developed initially through top level Coach Education. Understanding how players, especially children, learn and how to challenge them to problem solve is invaluable and extremely satisfying to see the results.

I feel very privileged, in my roles, to be able to help educate existing and future coaches using excellent resources (National Curriculum, Skill & Game Training courses & the technical expertise of FFV).

Clubs with a development mindset will improve their professionalism and playing standards because of these resources which will help improve the standard of football throughout the country.


Ken Price

Ken PriceClub: Keilor Park Soccer club

Position at club: Under 16s coach

What coach education means to you and your club: Coach education means everything to me and my club. With the change to the way football is being played in Australia, coaches need to be better educated in the ways of developing players and themselves. The courses and resources that are available at present are excellent tools to do just that. The national curriculum is an excellent guide for the new and experienced coach. But we must not stop we must keep raising the bar in coach development and behaviours if we are to produce world class players.


James Muir

James MuirClub: Northcote City

Position at club: Technical Director

What coach education means to you and your club: Provides coaches and players with a framework to improve, sets a benchmark against best practice in Australia and overseas. Coach Education assists greatly in the retention of players and coaches, as well as aiming to provide a continually improving holistic playing experience.


Mick Gallo

Mick GalloClub: Avondale Heights

Position at club: Technical Director / SAP Head Coach

What coach education means to you and your club: With the fundamental change in football in Australia, we have identified what players we need to develop going forward to turn Australia in a force in world football.

Coach education is the most important thing that we can focus on in terms of developing our youth in Australia. To develop the players of tomorrow, we need to develop and improve our coaches from all levels in the developmental building blocks.

We can't develop world class players without world class coaches. The FFA has developed the way forward, and as coaches we must improve and learn every time we step foot on a football pitch.

We must give coaches the tools to develop the next stars of the game. It has always been a great passion of mine to develop kids the best we can, and from the time in coaching, it has been a passion also to help the coaches to be able to develop our youth to the highest quality.

Since presenting courses, it is an absolute pleasure having a hand in developing our coaches and improving the level of coaches we have out there. This is done through giving them extra tools to add to their football knowledge as well as improving their coaching behaviours.

At Avondale FC, coach education is of the utmost importance, ensuring all of our coaches are qualified as a basis to begin, and we hold regular coach education sessions with our coaches throughout the season to help develop and mentor, which in turn will help develop a strong coaching group, leading to talented player development.


Paul Castelli

Paul CastelliClub: Pascoe Vale SC

Position at club: Technical Director

What coach education means to you and your club: Coach education is about facilitating a collaborative learning environment so we all gain a deeper understanding of “the art and science” of coaching.

I enjoy working as a Coach Developer as I see it as an opportunity to learn from others, further enriching my own knowledge of coaching and the game.


Julie Ryan

Julie RyanClub: Sandringham Junior Soccer Club

Position at Club: Goalkeeper Coach

What coach education means to you: Coach education is about providing support and learning opportunities for our coaches, this will allow coaches to effectively influence player behaviours within their teams.  If coaches can make sessions FUN and effective then our players will benefit immensely.

I love being part of the coach education community and sharing how we can improve things. It’s great that I also get to learn new things each time I present a course.


Paul Kyte

Paul KyteClub: Brighton Soccer Club

Position at Club: Head of Coaching / Technical Director MiniRoos / Under 13A team Coach

What Coach Education means to you and your club: Coach education is both very important and very rewarding for me.  I firmly believe that educating our volunteer (mostly parent) coaches results in fostering a better soccer environment for all the players, coaches, managers and parents.

“Better Coaches will result in Better Players”


Petr Kratky

Petr KratkyClub: Heidelberg Utd FC

Position: U20 Head Coach

What coach education means for me: Coach Education enables coaches to be part of an everlasting positive learning environment where they are able to develop the skills to not only become better coaches to create better players, but to become better coaches to create better people from their players. It is important that as part of Coach Education, an environment is created where we can all learn from each other, have the chance to be open minded and focus on true self reflection.


Dean Sacchetta

Club: FFV talented player program

Position at club: Coach of under 14 game training group

What coach education means to you and your club: Coach education is the first step into a continually developing industry of sport and football coaching. For current coaches it has the ability to Development and continually help improve coaching standards and the playing standards in Australia.


Sebastian Sztormowski

Seb SztormowskiClub: Sunshine George Cross, Altona City

Position at Club: U16 Coach / As TD

What Coach Education means to you and your club: Football coaches never stop learning and developing themselves, the only the way to improve is to share football knowledge and challenge yourself day by day in any level of the coaching pathway.

It is great to watch when coaches are improving and providing a better environment for players, which is the main aim to make Australia successful. As a coach developer it is our responsibility to help coaches in all clubs to grow football and provide for all players an equal opportunity to become better. It is an honour to represent FFA and support coaches on the way to success.


Josip (Joe) Loncaric

Josip LoncaricClub: N/A (Keilor Downs College Soccer School)

Position at club: Director of Soccer School/Head Coach

What coach education means to you and your club: In order to develop football, we need to develop ourselves as coaches and facilitators of best practice. It is vital that we educate young players by role modelling a high standard of performance in all aspects of our coaching so that they will have the desire to coach in the future and to improve upon what we are able to give them as coach educators. Education is lifelong and a two-way street.

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