MEET OUR 2018 COACHES

      

 

Boy's Technical Director 

Matt Poole - FFA "A" Licence

 

 

As a foundation coach at Moreton Bay United, Matt has progressed to the Technical Director role due to his proven record in player development over the past 5 years across a range of age-groups. In his first two years at MBU (coaching the U16 & U18) he had a major hand in the development of players such as Joe Champness (Newcastle Jets, Young Socceroos), Sam Dickinson (MBU 1st team), Jacob Mitchell (MBU 1st team), and Simon Biel (Hume City). Matt then opted to coach the U14 & U15 teams over the next two years, with the U15 team winning the NPL competition in 2016, scoring over 100 goals. Three players from this team went on to be selected into the QAS NTC program the following year. In 2017, Matt once again took charge of the U18 team, with 7 players selected for the MBU Youth team for 2018. A further two players from this group (Emlyn Wellsmore & Omar Sidiqi) earned Brisbane Roar Youth team contracts. Emlyn has gone on to represent New Zealand at the U17 World Cup this year.

In addition to his NPL coaching, Matt was 1st XI Football Head Coach at Marist College Ashgrove from 2008 to 2016, winning AIC Undefeated Premierships from 2008-2011, as well as Uhlsport Cups in 2009 and 2016. Matt also coached the AIC Representative Team from 2009-12. 

In 2018, Matt will also be on the coaching staff for the Brisbane Roar U17 Academy team, which will also benefit the development of the club's NPL teams.

 

Girl's Technical Director

Gary Ward - FFA "C" Licence, undergoing "B" Licence

 

 

Gary has been coaching in the NPL since arriving in Brisbane 3 years ago. Previously he worked at a National level with New Zealand Football and worked full-time with Mainland Football as a Football Development Officer. The last 2 years Gary has worked with Football Queensland with the U13 & U14 Girls State Team, winning the National Championship in 2017. Gary is passionate about women's football and is determined to give those who aspire to playing at the highest level the opportunity reach their goals. 


  

Head of SAP Program & U15 Boy's Coach

Cameron Millar - FFA "C" & "C Youth" Licence - undergoing "B" Licence in 2018

U15s Assistant Coach: Ethan Bryant

 


 

Cameron is currently studying a Bachelor of Education  which will no doubt prove to be beneficial with his understanding of how our youth learn. He began coaching at MBU in 2015 and has since worked with Academy teams, SAP teams, U12 and U13 NPL teams during the 2016 and 2017 season. In this time Cameron worked closely with, and learnt a lot from MBU's former TD Adam Piddick. Prior to 2015, Cameron has also coached Academy and junior teams at ACE. His experience also moves outside of club football, working in the football program at St Patrick's College and he has been the Assistant Coach of the First XI since 2016. Cameron currently plays for the Senior Men's team at MBU, playing in their run through the FFA Cup in 2017 and up to the NPL Grand Final. Cameron said he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experience from playing at this level, to the younger players at the club. 

 
 

Physio

Scott Smith - Albany Creek Physiotherapy


 

 

Scott has been a physiotherapist for over 18 years and completed his Post Graduate Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2004. He has a particular interest in spinal pain especially relating to sporting injuries. Scott has gained extensive experience working in the UK where he focused on developing his other interests in running and golfing injuries. Scott became a partner in Albany Creek Physiotherapy in September 2006. Scott holds a Masters in Physiotherapy (QLD) and a Masters in Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) (Qld).  Scott shares this role with Rob Thams who has worked with Queensland Soccer Federation, the Brisbane Strikers and the Socceroos as well as the Australian Baseball Federation and the Queensland Academy of Sport. Scott and Rob have combined experience of 47 years in the field.


Senior Men's Head Coach

Pouria Nabi


 


Senior Women's Head Coach 

Skie Hanifin - FFA "C" Licence, undergoing "B" Licence

Assistant Coach: Adam Sherman


  


Skie has been coaching for seven years, mainly in women's football. His passion for women's football is second to none and he would love nothing more than to see some of the MBU women progress further in their careers. He believes if the women achieve their goals then he has done his job.

Skie’s coaching career includes six years at Mitchelton FC where he was Assistant Coach for the Women’s BPL team for one year, divisional Women’s Coach for three years, and Head Coach of the U18 Division 1 team leading them to a Premiership title. He has also coached Men’s Reserve grade.


U20 Boy's (Youth) Coach & Senior Men's Coach

Dave Harris - FFA "B" Licence.


  

 

Dave is a foundation Coach at MBU and possesses a great passion for the game, plus experience with the development of Junior and Youth players, having coached in Brisbane and overseas. In the NPL inaugural year (2013) Dave lead the U15 MBU team to NPL Premiership, additionally winning the QLD section of the Manchester United Cup & finishing third overall in the Australia/New Zealand Finals. In 2015 Dave was part of the Senior Coaching team which won the NPL Double, the Premiership & Grand Final. He has continued with the Senior squad in 2016 & 2017 helping to bring them to the FFA Cup National Round of 16 and Grand Final in 2017.

Dave's other coaching achievements include Premierships & Championships in the BPL and Grand Finalists in the Borneo Cup in Malaysia. He is a former Nudgee College 1st XI Coach and Assistant GPS Rep Coach winning the GPS Premierships in 2013, 2014 & 2016.

Dave is a former National Youth League, NSW Representative and QLD Premier League player. He is an excellent communicator and motivator of young players and continues to support, guide & progress our Junior and Youth players through the ranks.

 

 

U18 Boy's Coach

Paul Blake - FFA "B" Licence - Goalkeeper and Outfield

 

  

 

Paul has been coaching for over 15 years in England and here in Australia, having coached at several professional Academies in England  - 

Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Bath City. Paul has also spent time at Birmingham City's Academy and coached in the Wiltshire Hellenic Premier League. During his time in Australia he has coached at Central Coast Mariners and Football NSW State teams.  

Paul's most recent achievement was at the 2016 State Championship with NSW Metro Champions U13's, Runners up U14's and getting the best goalkeeper of the tournament U13's for one of the keepers that he coached away from the program for the year. 

 
 

U17 Girl's Coach

Ashton Francis - Undergoing FFA "C" and "C Youth" Licence and Goalkeeper Licence

  

Ashton has been coaching on and off for the last six years after starting his coaching journey with the ACE Youth Boys. Following a move to Pine Hills, Ashton coached the City girls team and assisted with the BPL Women's Team. 

 


U16 Boy's Coach
Lee Cunningham - FFA "B" Licence, undergoing "A" Licence

 

Lee has completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching through Griffith University and will complete his FFA "A" Licence in early 2018. He has been coaching for approximately 10 seasons, winning some trophies in the lower leagues but is looking forward to working with a team higher up, challenging for titles. Lee's career highlights so far are turning teams around to the point of making it into the SYL competitive league, despite some of them being expected to fight relegation. Lee likes to see his team playing attractive football and punching above their weight. He's managed to get several teams, during his time at Peninsula Power, into the top four and consistently made the semi-finals at the Gold Coast Cup.

  


U15 Girl's Coach


U14 Boy's Coach

Noel Blake - FFA "B" Licence

Assistant Coach: Tom Koelmeyer


 

Noel has 43+ years of coaching experience in Brisbane Clubs. His coaching career started with ACE where he coached for 30 years from U7 through to top team Senior Football. Noel coached Youth Football at Pine Rivers Premier League and was Reserve Grade Coach and Top Side Assistant Coach at North Pine Premier League.
His experience in developmental coaching began with Brisbane North Representative Teams in 1994 and continued until 2006. In this time he coached U12 teams to several Championship Titles and also coached an U15 team to a State Title.
With the change in the football structure within Queensland, Noel then went on to coach at Football Brisbane, Albany Creek JPL and Moreton Bay NPL, Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 teams. Noel's passion is to improve and develop players at this important stage of their football career to reach their ultimate goal.

 

U13 Boy's Coach

Jason Groth - FFA "C Youth" Licence

Assistant Coach: John Powell

 

  

 

After a coaching career of 10+ years, Jason has found himself turning full circle and back to the age group’s where he first started. During this tenure, he's found that he's a more accomplished coach within the “skills” side of the game, where his passion lies. Jason's mainfocus is teaching player actions, the four core skills being, first touch, running with the ball, striking the ball and 1v1. He is also a firm believer in coaching correct technique and encouraging individual skills and creativity.

Jason hasfound that the skills acquisition phase of football (age 9 -13) is where he witnesses the best results from his coaching style and where he gets the most enjoyment.For the foreseeable future, he would like to continue coaching and developing this age group, contributing to Football Queensland success.

 

U13 Girl's Coach


SAP U12 Boy's Coach & U14 Assistant Coach

Tom Koelmeyer - Undergoing FFA "C Youth" Licence


 

 

Tom is very excited to be involved with MBU again in 2018, both working with the players and coaches. He has previously coached at Grange Thistle and most recently with MBU with the U12 NPL boys in 2017. Tom is completing his Youth C License, however he is always striving to develop his football knowledge and coaching ability. As a coach, Tom strives to help players reach their footballing goals no matter what it may be. To date the highlight of his coaching career was taking U12 NPL boys to the  Gold Coast cup in 2017, where they were crowned champions.


SAP U11 Boy's Coach & U15 Assistant Coach

Ethan Bryant - FFA "C Youth" Licence

 

  

 

Ethan is in his fifth year of coaching. He has spent three in the ACE SYL system and 2017 in the NPL system. Ethan has served as Assistant coach for three of those years, mainly in the U12/U13 system. The highlight of his coaching to date is watching players that he's coached, develop and go on to better things. Ethan wants to coach due to his passion for the game, and wanting to implement his own style and philosophy into a team.


SAP U11/12 Girl's Coach

Linley Archard and Kristi New


 


SAP U10 Boy's Coach

Ben Parkin - Undergoing FFA "C Youth" Licence

 


 

Ben has been coaching juniors at Grange Thistle and ACE since 2014. He started at the grassroots level coaching an U6 team through to having both of the 2017 Logan Cup winning U8 and U9 Cross River Teams at ACE. Ben's passion for Youth development is the reason for moving into the MBU SAP Program. He has played football for 36 years, and has been fortunate enough to have many coaches at all levels, allowing him to now give back what he's learned, to the next generation of Socceroos. Ben is really conscious of the effect coaches have on the players, not only on the field, but also off the field, which is why he doesn't take his role lightly. He's always looking to improve with the assistance of the great coaches we have within MBU. Ben said he's 

really looking forward to working with Cameron Millar and the 2018 SAP coaches in developing the youth of MBU, and exposing them to the wider culture of MBU Football Club. 

 

SAP U9 Boy's Coach

Sam Dickinson

 

 


      

 

Boy's Technical Director 

Matt Poole - FFA "A" Licence

 

 

As a foundation coach at Moreton Bay United, Matt has progressed to the Technical Director role due to his proven record in player development over the past 5 years across a range of age-groups. In his first two years at MBU (coaching the U16 & U18) he had a major hand in the development of players such as Joe Champness (Newcastle Jets, Young Socceroos), Sam Dickinson (MBU 1st team), Jacob Mitchell (MBU 1st team), and Simon Biel (Hume City). Matt then opted to coach the U14 & U15 teams over the next two years, with the U15 team winning the NPL competition in 2016, scoring over 100 goals. Three players from this team went on to be selected into the QAS NTC program the following year. In 2017, Matt once again took charge of the U18 team, with 7 players selected for the MBU Youth team for 2018. A further two players from this group (Emlyn Wellsmore & Omar Sidiqi) earned Brisbane Roar Youth team contracts. Emlyn has gone on to represent New Zealand at the U17 World Cup this year.

In addition to his NPL coaching, Matt was 1st XI Football Head Coach at Marist College Ashgrove from 2008 to 2016, winning AIC Undefeated Premierships from 2008-2011, as well as Uhlsport Cups in 2009 and 2016. Matt also coached the AIC Representative Team from 2009-12. 

In 2018, Matt will also be on the coaching staff for the Brisbane Roar U17 Academy team, which will also benefit the development of the club's NPL teams.

 

Girl's Technical Director

Gary Ward - FFA "C" Licence, undergoing "B" Licence

 

 

Gary has been coaching in the NPL since arriving in Brisbane 3 years ago. Previously he worked at a National level with New Zealand Football and worked full-time with Mainland Football as a Football Development Officer. The last 2 years Gary has worked with Football Queensland with the U13 & U14 Girls State Team, winning the National Championship in 2017. Gary is passionate about women's football and is determined to give those who aspire to playing at the highest level the opportunity reach their goals. 


  

Head of SAP Program & U15 Boy's Coach

Cameron Millar - FFA "C" & "C Youth" Licence - undergoing "B" Licence in 2018

U15s Assistant Coach: Ethan Bryant

 


 

Cameron is currently studying a Bachelor of Education  which will no doubt prove to be beneficial with his understanding of how our youth learn. He began coaching at MBU in 2015 and has since worked with Academy teams, SAP teams, U12 and U13 NPL teams during the 2016 and 2017 season. In this time Cameron worked closely with, and learnt a lot from MBU's former TD Adam Piddick. Prior to 2015, Cameron has also coached Academy and junior teams at ACE. His experience also moves outside of club football, working in the football program at St Patrick's College and he has been the Assistant Coach of the First XI since 2016. Cameron currently plays for the Senior Men's team at MBU, playing in their run through the FFA Cup in 2017 and up to the NPL Grand Final. Cameron said he really enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experience from playing at this level, to the younger players at the club. 

 
 

Physio

Scott Smith - Albany Creek Physiotherapy


 

 

Scott has been a physiotherapist for over 18 years and completed his Post Graduate Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2004. He has a particular interest in spinal pain especially relating to sporting injuries. Scott has gained extensive experience working in the UK where he focused on developing his other interests in running and golfing injuries. Scott became a partner in Albany Creek Physiotherapy in September 2006. Scott holds a Masters in Physiotherapy (QLD) and a Masters in Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) (Qld).  Scott shares this role with Rob Thams who has worked with Queensland Soccer Federation, the Brisbane Strikers and the Socceroos as well as the Australian Baseball Federation and the Queensland Academy of Sport. Scott and Rob have combined experience of 47 years in the field.


Senior Men's Head Coach

Pouria Nabi


 


Senior Women's Head Coach 

Skie Hanifin - FFA "C" Licence, undergoing "B" Licence

Assistant Coach: Adam Sherman


  


Skie has been coaching for seven years, mainly in women's football. His passion for women's football is second to none and he would love nothing more than to see some of the MBU women progress further in their careers. He believes if the women achieve their goals then he has done his job.

Skie’s coaching career includes six years at Mitchelton FC where he was Assistant Coach for the Women’s BPL team for one year, divisional Women’s Coach for three years, and Head Coach of the U18 Division 1 team leading them to a Premiership title. He has also coached Men’s Reserve grade.


U20 Boy's (Youth) Coach & Senior Men's Coach

Dave Harris - FFA "B" Licence.


  

 

Dave is a foundation Coach at MBU and possesses a great passion for the game, plus experience with the development of Junior and Youth players, having coached in Brisbane and overseas. In the NPL inaugural year (2013) Dave lead the U15 MBU team to NPL Premiership, additionally winning the QLD section of the Manchester United Cup & finishing third overall in the Australia/New Zealand Finals. In 2015 Dave was part of the Senior Coaching team which won the NPL Double, the Premiership & Grand Final. He has continued with the Senior squad in 2016 & 2017 helping to bring them to the FFA Cup National Round of 16 and Grand Final in 2017.

Dave's other coaching achievements include Premierships & Championships in the BPL and Grand Finalists in the Borneo Cup in Malaysia. He is a former Nudgee College 1st XI Coach and Assistant GPS Rep Coach winning the GPS Premierships in 2013, 2014 & 2016.

Dave is a former National Youth League, NSW Representative and QLD Premier League player. He is an excellent communicator and motivator of young players and continues to support, guide & progress our Junior and Youth players through the ranks.

 

 

U18 Boy's Coach

Paul Blake - FFA "B" Licence - Goalkeeper and Outfield

 

  

 

Paul has been coaching for over 15 years in England and here in Australia, having coached at several professional Academies in England  - 

Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town and Bath City. Paul has also spent time at Birmingham City's Academy and coached in the Wiltshire Hellenic Premier League. During his time in Australia he has coached at Central Coast Mariners and Football NSW State teams.  

Paul's most recent achievement was at the 2016 State Championship with NSW Metro Champions U13's, Runners up U14's and getting the best goalkeeper of the tournament U13's for one of the keepers that he coached away from the program for the year. 

 
 

U17 Girl's Coach

Ashton Francis - Undergoing FFA "C" and "C Youth" Licence and Goalkeeper Licence

  

Ashton has been coaching on and off for the last six years after starting his coaching journey with the ACE Youth Boys. Following a move to Pine Hills, Ashton coached the City girls team and assisted with the BPL Women's Team. 

 


U16 Boy's Coach
Lee Cunningham - FFA "B" Licence, undergoing "A" Licence

 

Lee has completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching through Griffith University and will complete his FFA "A" Licence in early 2018. He has been coaching for approximately 10 seasons, winning some trophies in the lower leagues but is looking forward to working with a team higher up, challenging for titles. Lee's career highlights so far are turning teams around to the point of making it into the SYL competitive league, despite some of them being expected to fight relegation. Lee likes to see his team playing attractive football and punching above their weight. He's managed to get several teams, during his time at Peninsula Power, into the top four and consistently made the semi-finals at the Gold Coast Cup.

  


U15 Girl's Coach


U14 Boy's Coach

Noel Blake - FFA "B" Licence

Assistant Coach: Tom Koelmeyer


 

Noel has 43+ years of coaching experience in Brisbane Clubs. His coaching career started with ACE where he coached for 30 years from U7 through to top team Senior Football. Noel coached Youth Football at Pine Rivers Premier League and was Reserve Grade Coach and Top Side Assistant Coach at North Pine Premier League.
His experience in developmental coaching began with Brisbane North Representative Teams in 1994 and continued until 2006. In this time he coached U12 teams to several Championship Titles and also coached an U15 team to a State Title.
With the change in the football structure within Queensland, Noel then went on to coach at Football Brisbane, Albany Creek JPL and Moreton Bay NPL, Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 teams. Noel's passion is to improve and develop players at this important stage of their football career to reach their ultimate goal.

 

U13 Boy's Coach

Jason Groth - FFA "C Youth" Licence

Assistant Coach: John Powell

 

  

 

After a coaching career of 10+ years, Jason has found himself turning full circle and back to the age group’s where he first started. During this tenure, he's found that he's a more accomplished coach within the “skills” side of the game, where his passion lies. Jason's mainfocus is teaching player actions, the four core skills being, first touch, running with the ball, striking the ball and 1v1. He is also a firm believer in coaching correct technique and encouraging individual skills and creativity.

Jason hasfound that the skills acquisition phase of football (age 9 -13) is where he witnesses the best results from his coaching style and where he gets the most enjoyment.For the foreseeable future, he would like to continue coaching and developing this age group, contributing to Football Queensland success.

 

U13 Girl's Coach


SAP U12 Boy's Coach & U14 Assistant Coach

Tom Koelmeyer - Undergoing FFA "C Youth" Licence


 

 

Tom is very excited to be involved with MBU again in 2018, both working with the players and coaches. He has previously coached at Grange Thistle and most recently with MBU with the U12 NPL boys in 2017. Tom is completing his Youth C License, however he is always striving to develop his football knowledge and coaching ability. As a coach, Tom strives to help players reach their footballing goals no matter what it may be. To date the highlight of his coaching career was taking U12 NPL boys to the  Gold Coast cup in 2017, where they were crowned champions.


SAP U11 Boy's Coach & U15 Assistant Coach

Ethan Bryant - FFA "C Youth" Licence

 

  

 

Ethan is in his fifth year of coaching. He has spent three in the ACE SYL system and 2017 in the NPL system. Ethan has served as Assistant coach for three of those years, mainly in the U12/U13 system. The highlight of his coaching to date is watching players that he's coached, develop and go on to better things. Ethan wants to coach due to his passion for the game, and wanting to implement his own style and philosophy into a team.


SAP U11/12 Girl's Coach

Linley Archard and Kristi New


 


SAP U10 Boy's Coach

Ben Parkin - Undergoing FFA "C Youth" Licence

 


 

Ben has been coaching juniors at Grange Thistle and ACE since 2014. He started at the grassroots level coaching an U6 team through to having both of the 2017 Logan Cup winning U8 and U9 Cross River Teams at ACE. Ben's passion for Youth development is the reason for moving into the MBU SAP Program. He has played football for 36 years, and has been fortunate enough to have many coaches at all levels, allowing him to now give back what he's learned, to the next generation of Socceroos. Ben is really conscious of the effect coaches have on the players, not only on the field, but also off the field, which is why he doesn't take his role lightly. He's always looking to improve with the assistance of the great coaches we have within MBU. Ben said he's 

really looking forward to working with Cameron Millar and the 2018 SAP coaches in developing the youth of MBU, and exposing them to the wider culture of MBU Football Club. 

 

SAP U9 Boy's Coach

Sam Dickinson