Ranger Coaching Structure 2017

Northern Rangers FC have been hard at work to design a coaching structure that will give the club the strength to compete at every level while developing future coaches.

"We continue as a wider club to review our strategy each year. This year we have particularly focused on a business plan for 2017 and an imposing goal of developing the club in almost every aspect. Particularly our first step was to get a coaching structure that would put in place coaches to develop players but also to develop future coaches." Explains Vice-President Mark Jefferson.

The Club's first cog in the structure is to introduce a Football Manager. Rangers Football Manager for 2017 is club stalwart and life member Marshall Pooley.

"We are in an grand position when we can utilise a coach of 2016 to take on the Football Manager role which is essentially a 'hands-off' position working with coaches at Senior level to ensure we are developing coaches and players alike. Marshall is a big part of this club, has been involved in the coaching selection and knows what it takes as a former state league player to compete at the highest level in the state." Says a delighted Mark Jefferson.

Additionally the club has also been able to fill the Technical Director (TD) role, vacant for the last few seasons. Michael Monticchio 'Tiki' one of Rangers 2016 Visa Players who had a difficult year with injury early in the season, is motivated to take on such a crucial developmental role in 2017.

"I am excited to take on the role as Technical Director at Northern Rangers to work with many knowledgeable and experienced coaches to develop our players technically and tactically from the youth level to the seniors. As a TD, I will make sure every practice session at all age levels are maximizing the potential to learn and developing skills on the pitch while learning valuable life-lessons off the pitch. I will work with all the coaches to help provide a quality experience for all our players." Explains an excited Michael Monticchio
Michael coached NRFC's U16's last season and was able to develop skills and keep the group engaged. He will be able to do this on a broader scope with coaches and players making up the junior ranks. One of the key strategies in our development of juniors, particularly with our Under 16 boys & girls, is to utilise the experience & knowledge of the game from players within our senior club to provide the conduit.
"The impact Michael had on this group was awesome. The commitment & professionalism that he brought to trainings saw the boys not only develop as players but also gave them a glimpse of what football life is like in the Senior's. The feedback that came from the players & parents was nothing but positive & everyone appreciated immensely the technical expertise that he imparted to the boys.
Some of them even taking on additional one on one tuition with Michael. Michael gained the respect of each of the players & parents alike as all involved could see the professional & dedicated way in which Michael went about his coaching. His passion to work & develop the boys was clear for all to see." Comments Jaime Cogger Junior Coordinator for NRFC.

NRFC juniors competing in the NTJSA competition in 2016 had by far their most successful year in their entire history. In the 10 age competitions, Rangers entered teams in 9 and of those they won 5. The TD position will further enhance the talent and development of their juniors and coaches.
Adding to the professionalism of the club is the retention of the Strength and Conditioning Coach, Michael Cheney. Michael an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Exercise Scientist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia will continue to lift the bar at the club by using a more scientific approach to the conditioning of the players. Michael's focus is to improve players fitness and strength, while preventing injuries, enabling Lino and the other coaches to pick from a full squad as often as possible. Michael was awarded with 'New Comer of the Year' at the Ranger 2016 Club awards night, an award voted by his peers but particularly the playing group who obviously recognised what he was able to bring to the club in a short time.

The club continues to put in place quality coaches and support staff to complete the desired structure.

For further information, please contact:
Northern Rangers Football Manager
Marshall Pooley

Marshall Pooley

Picture - Marshall Pooley