Playing and being involved in soccer was one of the most memorable and enjoyable aspects of growing up. Soccer developed me physically, mentally and socially, and helped me to build skills that can be extrapolated beyond the sport. Therefore, my motivation to coach comes from a desire to help foster a similarly positive experience with sport, whereby athletes develop competency in order to compete and thrive in competitive environments, whether that be in sport or beyond.
My current coaching philosophy has been largely shaped by the age and skill level of the athletes that I have worked with. Given the young age of these athletes, I hope to make soccer as fun as possible to stimulate engagement with the sport, whilst simultaneously helping athletes to develop fundamental soccer skills.
I started playing soccer at the age of 8 as a goalkeeper. I played for 8 seasons in the top division, often playing in the age level above my own. I represented the North East Diamonds regional team at the age of 16. During these years I also attended a goalkeeping academy (PFT) each weekend which further helped me to enhance my skills and understanding of the position. After the age of 16, I transitioned into playing central defence in a more social outdoors team, and also represented my school's first team at the age of 17. Since graduating high school, I formed a futsal team in which I was the team's captain, playing for about 3 years until COVID-19 effectively shut down the competition. In the last four years I have also been coaching junior soccer. I was trained for this at the Socca Joeys headquarters in Sydney, and returned to helped establish the Melbourne franchise, which now runs at over 30 centres. Currently, I coach about 3-4 group sessions a week for kids 3-11.
An average training session would start with an introduction, a warm up, and other typical aspects of a training session. Given my approach to coaching is very much centred around my desire to help foster engagement and enjoyment of the sport, I tend towards a game-sense approach. Athletes at a young age, who are often playing soccer for the first time, tend to enjoy playing games that get them physically active and involve high levels of competitiveness.