Having been exposed to a professional environment during my time at Melbourne City FC as a Goalkeeper in the reserve squad, I was able to assimilate what it takes to thrive in all high pressure situations that pertained to being an elite goalkeeper. I had never seen such an elite standard of coaching quality! Unfortunately it does not typically transcend at the lower levels of football which preceed the chance to train and play professionally on a full time basis.
My motivation is firmly revolved around the realms of community grassroots football where I want to pass on my knowledge and energy into the upcoming generations which I wish I had when I was growing up!
My desired outcome for my Goalkeeper clients is for them to not only grow to become an elite technical goalkeeper but also build their mental fortitude that will enable them to overcome any adversity that comes from being in a constant high pressure sitatuon, which is inherently the nature of the goalie position.
I picked up competetive footba relative late, I didnt play in my first 'A' team till U14's at Monash City and Nunawading City. In my 2nd year of 'A' grade soccer I won the U15's league title with Benleigh Greens in an undefeated season. I then played at Dandenong Warriors to travel to Brazil and play in the illustrious Zico Cup, during the tournament we played Japan's Kashima Antlers and Brazil's Cruzeiro + Botafogo. At age 17 I played NPL seniors for Springvale White Eagles. At 18 I played at Dandenong City and this was where I was scouted by Melbourne City for an initial trial after playing them in an NPL game. I was at Melbourne City for 1 season and then what followed was a string of injuries which has forced me into surgery and time off without a consistent run. I have briefly played at Clifton Hill and Chisolm United however as aforementioned I am endeavouring into the coaching realms now.
A high energy, positive environment where no question is a dumb question. I am super approachable and all I ask of my clients is to give me the same energy that I put out.
Skills that you should expect to accumulate during your time with me are some of the following: Technical diving and scooping to reduce risk of contact injuries, Judgement of ball in the air from a corner/cross, Sweeper Keeper tendancies that emulate the playing styles of goalies like Manuel Neuer and our very own Maty Ryan, Distribution Competency on both sides of the ball with your feet, Extreme confidence in communicating as a leader on the field.
Additionally, I am also a certified personal trainer and will strive to include basic injury prevention excercises to build a rigid base for my clients to ensure that injuries are mitigated during their hopefully long prosperous careers.