MSFC is fortunate to have a dedicated, approachable and experienced coaching team. Each coach volunteers more than 10 hours a week during the football season, including preparation, training and game time.
Davide Gualtieri (State 2 Silvers)
State 2 coach Davide Gualtieri recently moved to Melbourne from Italy. Originally a basketballer, he moved across to soccer and played as a sweeper and midfielder for Lesmo FC . After two years he was recruited by Casatese FC to play in the Eccellenza Lombarda League.
Davide is a committed coach who nurtures a positive and encouraging culture, and likes to see these qualities reflected in players. In 2016 Davide achieved his goal of advancement, coaching our State 3 West team to an unbeaten season resulting in promotion to State 2. Davide has a Senior Coaching Certificate 1 from the FFV.
Dave McRae (State 3 Thunders)
When Dave started playing soccer it had only been a decade since Australia first qualified for the World Cup (in West Germany), back-passes were still legal, and soccer balls were made from leather. Dave came to the Swifts in 2016 as a sideline supporter and occasional linesman, and has stepped up in 2017 to take on the State 3 coaching role. Dave’s love of the game has been nourished by the many dedicated coaches he has played under over the years, and in 2017 he hopes to help each of the Thunders players to improve and enjoy themselves.
Ben Gallagher (State 4 Lightning)
Profile coming soon….
Now in her third year of coaching with the Swifts, Jennii splits her time between coaching the Under 12s, coordinating our juniors’ program and playing for one of our women’s teams. With more than 20 years’ experience playing soccer both here and in the UK Jennii’s love of the game shines through in her coaching style. She brings great dedication and talent to the club and is an excellent role model for our juniors. As a coach Jennii focuses on core skills and technique to help the girls develop as players.
In 2017 Jennii hopes our juniors will enjoy and improve their game, form friendships on and off the pitch, and start to form a lifelong friendships with the soccer ball too! She’ll teach her U12s to make decisions with their heads as well as their hearts, and that success is about more than just the scoreboard. In Jennii’s words: “I want girls to visibly see – through their coaches and the other senior players – that soccer can open up a whole world of opportunity to them: fitness, friendships, travel, mental and physical health, and more”.
Ali Vandermey (U9 MiniRoos)
Ali has played soccer for 18 years, including the last two seasons with our Silvers. She has previously filled in for juniors coaches and is on the MSFC committee – a well known face around the club! This year Ali has taken on a coaching role with one of our MiniRoos teams; her excellent football knowledge and friendly, encouraging approach make her a great asset.
Having started playing at eight years old herself, Ali loves to see girls that age and younger taking to the pitch. Her goals for the year are to help the girls learn positioning and make sure they enjoy it enough to come back next season!
Joanne (Jo) McManus (U11 MiniRoos)
Jo is a teacher who has taught primary and secondary students for over 20 years in the USA, Europe, Africa and Australia. While teaching in Tanzania Jo
watched children playing soccer with whatever they had available, at any chance they got; soon after, she joined a team with her students and her love of soccer was born. Jo returned to Australia in 2010 and became a Physical Education teacher, coaching school soccer teams. She joined the Swifts in 2015 as a player and this year put her hand up for a junior coaching role.
Jo’s experience teaching and coaching young people will add great value to our juniors coaching team, and we’re rapt to welcome her on board. Jo’s goal for this year is to help the girls develop a love for the game, and understand how important it is to be a team player and encourage each other.
Teri Hawke (U11 MiniRoos)
Profile coming soon…