One-to-One Head Coach
Having coached with Joe & Ryan for years, it was only a matter of time before Austin joined the team. His hilarious haplessness means he's loved by parents and players alike, but his dedication and drive towards player and team development is the real reason why. Austin typifies the 'We Do More' phrase - if there's an hour spare in the day, he will fill it with a match or tournament.
What was the inspiration behind joining SKFC?
SK was really intended just to be a hobby - a hobby that made a difference to junior football. We wanted to combine professional coaching with a community ethos - at the time we felt too many organisations were too financially driven, we wanted to change that for our area. It's an ethos that has grown with SK, one that we hold very close to us today.
Can you tell us a bit about your work surrounding one-to-one sessions?
One-to-ones offer a player the opportunity to improve every area of their individual playing performance, from technical ability, to the basics of understanding the game of football. It offers the player a chance to develop in an environment completely different to a traditional training session.
What is your coaching philosophy?
First retain the ball until the time is right to venture forward with fast and explosive football, starting from using the goalkeepers feet, right up to the striker with quick and creative movement going forward.
Who are your coaching inspirations?
Pep Guardiola is the coach that has had the biggest impact on my coaching style - watching how his teams play, it's the sort of energy and passion I like to see from my players. The way Guardiola conducts himself on the sideline is inspirational in itself - he really does kick and head every ball from the sideline. Anybody who has seen me coach will agree I'm very much the same. He is unique coach and has defined a successful system.
SOME OF THE TEAMS AUSTIN COACHES. . .
U8 EAST, U9 NORTH&SOUTH, U11 EAST, U13 NORTH
U9, U12 LIONS, U14 JAGUARS, U15