The Head Coach of Jets’ Women’s team David da Silva has left the club to take up a full-time role with Football Queensland.
He is the new Director of Football at QAS (Queensland Academy of Sport) helping identify players who could be Junior, Young and full Australian internationals.
“I have totally mixed emotions at the moment,” Dave said, “this moment came along sooner than I thought it would.
“There are so many wonderful people giving so much at Moreton Bay United.
“The playing group last season was special and I hope the club can get someone soon to steer them.
“I came back to the club where my coaching career started to help the women’s program and I thank everyone for being so supportive.”
Dave and Under 23s coach Gary Ward brought together two new sides this season, rotating players through training sessions with male teams and making greater use of video analysis.
The season started well with Jets’ young top side reaching the top three in the NPLW, but a succession of season-ending injuries struck.
Right through the spine of the senior side, ACLs and broken legs robbed Jets of key players. Further injuries side-lined almost an entire team.
However, Jets still finished sixth when the league split, ensuring NPLW football at the end of last season and next year.
In the process many Under 23 and Under 16s were given invaluable experience of playing in higher age groups.
Dave has also been nominated in the top four of the Football Queensland NPLW Coach of the Year awards.
“On behalf of the club, I would like to wish Dave all the very best on his next footballing career chapter,” Ben Parkin, President of Moreton Bay United, said.
“We thank him for the passion and professionalism he brought to our program. He is going to be missed by the club, but is always welcome back at MBU.
“We are keen to bring in someone who can build on what Dave has started and drive our women’s program to the next level.”
Moreton Bay United’s search for a successor is now under way.