Football Coaches Australia presents ‘The Football Coaching Life Podcast’ S2 Ep 7 with Gary Cole interviewing Dr Craig Duncan

Craig Duncan

Dr Craig Duncan is one of Australia’s top ‘Human Performance Scientists’. In the good old days Craig was a Strength and Conditioning Coach, it’s amazing how things change!

Craig played for NSW as a junior before realising his best bet in the world of athletic performance was via a university degree. He speaks about how his role today is to take a holistic approach with footballers to ensure that they are as best prepared so as to enable the coaches to do their magic with them on the pitch.

He has worked with various sucessful coaches, including Vitezslav Lavicka at Sydney FC where he won a championship; and with Tony Popovic at the Western Sydney Wanderers where he won an Asian Champions League; as well as alongside  Ange Postecoglou with the Socceroos where he won the Asian Cup and qualified for a World Cup. Craig has also worked Carlos Queiroz with Iran at the Asia Cup. Craig explains how he learned from all of these very experienced coaches.

We spend time discussing the importance of finding a ‘mentor’ for all coaches. And how both mental health and being present can only improve coaching and player performance.

Craig has had to deal with a ‘spontaneous coronary artery dissection’ and a few heart attacks which helped him focus on both his health and his family and also helped him to understand the importance to ‘Be wherever you are’ as well as the importance of resilience.

Dr Craig is also leaving a legacy by sharing his wisdom as both an author and content creator. His one piece of wisdom for coaches is to find a good mentor and not chase the dollars early but rather learn the culture of football.

Please join me in sharing Dr Craig Duncan’s Football Coaching Life.

The Football Coaching Life with Alen Stajcic: “I knew that I had more to give back to the sport”

Alen Stajcic

Football Coaches Australia is delighted to present the latest episode of the ‘Football Coaching Life Podcast’, with Gary Cole interviewing former Australia Women’s National Team and Central Coast Mariners A-League Men’s coach Alen Stajcic.

Alen is currently Head Coach of the Philippines Women’s National Team. The side, nicknamed the Malditas (yes that’s correct!), are being prepared for the 2022 AFC Asian Cup held in India. The Philippines will play in a group with Indonesia, Thailand and of course Australia (the Matildas).

Alen’s Serbian background led him to Bonnyrigg White Eagles in Sydney’s west, but a knee injury shortened his playing career and as a teacher he began coaching.

Staj has had a remarkable coaching journey that began at the Hills Sports High School and at New South Wales Institute of Sport, coaching the Sapphires in the Women’s National Soccer League. Both of these institutions saw teams achieve repeated successes with championship wins, but Alen learned that success comes in many ways.

He had an early taste of coaching the Matildas in an Assistant Coach role with the Young Matildas at the 2006 World Cup in Russia, before becoming the inaugural Head Coach at Sydney FC Women, which saw them win two championships and two premierships, as well as third place at the FIFA International Women’s Club Championship.

Then followed five fantastic years as Head Coach of the Matildas, during which they beat Brazil and World Champions USA for the first time, changing the belief of the players and achieving successes at the Asian Cup, Olympic Games and World Cup.

Alen’s ‘One Piece of Wisdom’ was: ‘It’s got to be fun; you’ve got to enjoy it because it’s a tough job. Coaching can be a lonely experience, so you’ve really got to find the enjoyment, fun and reward and the connection to what it is you want to achieve. If it’s not fun it’s just too tough a job!’

Please join us in sharing Alen Stajcic’s Football Coaching Life.

Football Queensland appoints new staff in regional areas

Football Queensland has appointed three new staff in Wide Bay and Central Coast regions of Queensland to bolster services in those areas.

Football Queensland has appointed three new staff in Wide Bay and Central Coast regions of Queensland to bolster services in those areas.

Experienced coach Alec Wilson has joined FQ as Senior Manager in Club Development, Talent and Coaching.

Wilson holds an AFC A License with experience in sporting organisations across the globe, headlined by Football South Australia, New Zealand Football and the FIFA U-20 World Cup. He will be based in Wide Bay, Central Coast and the Sunshine Coast where he will work with different clubs and coaches.

The other appointments are Joao Abreu and Rebecca Toohey, both as new Football Queensland Managers. Abreu will be in charge of Wide Bay, while Toohey will be based in the Central Regions.

Abreu is a highly qualified sports management professional who previously worked as Director of Coaching at Toowong FC and as manager of a futsal centre in Brisbane.

Toohey has extensive knowledge of regional sporting communities, having worked with the Australian Sports Commission, CQ University and local football clubs & fitness centres.

Football Queensland Central Coast Region General Manager, Andy Allan:

“Alec, Joao and Rebecca bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to the regions and will work closely with our local football communities to achieve positive outcomes for the game,” he said.

“To have a coach of Alec’s pedigree and technical experience is a huge boost for local players and coaches in the Central Coast Region.

“In the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, FQ identified the need to grow the game throughout the state and provide high-quality participation experiences.

“These appointments are proof of Football Queensland’s ongoing investment in regional football as we work to achieve those outcomes.”

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