Keynote speakers for 2017 State Coaching Conference revealed

Dave Wright, Donna O’Connor & John Didulica get the call-up

Donna O’Connor & Dave Wright will join John Didulica as keynote speakers at the 2017 State Coaching Conference on Saturday November 11th.

Dave Wright will be presenting on “Redefining Success in Player Development – How to Take an Individual Approach to Coaching”.

O’Connor will be covering the topic of "How does the coach use training to develop players?” and “What learning environments help improve decision-making?”

John Didulica will be speaking on “the Player Pathway”.

Register for the conference here:

Dave Wright


Dave is a UEFA A & FA Youth Award licensed coach and Co-Founder of Player Development Project (PDP) - an online learning platform for coaches.

He has 15 years’ coaching experience from federation & state teams in New Zealand & Australia through to professional academy football in England, where he spent almost five years in London coaching at Brentford FC & Fulham FC.

Dave’s role at Player Development Project has taken him around the world interviewing top coaches, innovators & researchers for PDP as well as presenting at a variety of events. You can read more of Dave’s work at or Performance Soccer Coach: A Guide to Positive Player Development.

Donna O’Connor


Donna’s research and conference presentations cover athletic profiling, science and football, optimising performance, injury prevention and coach education.

As a trainer and consultant, Donna has worked with the Australian women's basketball team, Canadian Olympic athletics team, the Wallabies coaching staff, Australian touch football teams, North Queensland Cowboys and national league teams in basketball and netball.

John Didulica


A former professional footballer and PFA Delegate during his time in the National Soccer League (NSL), John joined the players’ association in 2002 as General Counsel and returned as Chief Executive in 2016.

During this time, he managed the transition of players from the financial collapse of the NSL to the newly formed A-League, developed a ‘world class’ advocacy program, negotiated collective bargaining agreements at national and international levels and served on the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber for three years.

In 2008, he joined Football Federation Australia (FFA), where he assumed the role of Legal Counsel, focusing on the sport’s legal framework, covering all local, professional and international aspects of the game.

Following the granting of an A-League licence to Melbourne Heart, now City, John was appointed to the role of Director of Football and Legal Counsel. During his seven years, Didulica helped build a sustainable football club before helping manage the transition to new ownership in 2014, including the establishment of Melbourne City’s pioneering women’s football program in 2015.

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