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November 28, 2017

Introducing Sinisa Cohadzic - Senior Coach

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Sinisa is back as Senior Coach for his third year with Alamein FC and is hungry for silverware after finals appearances in the two previous years. Sinisa brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Alamein Football Club (AFC). His playing career began in his home country of Serbia where he made the senior team of Radniki Nis in the first division. Later, after migrating to Australia he played for Heidelberg United in the National Soccer League. He then became a football nomad taking on professional stints in both Serbia and Poland before returning to finish his playing career in Australia with various Victorian Premier League and State League clubs. Sinisa has various coaching qualifications with his most recent being the AFC/FFA/UEFA A licence and the FFA Conditioning Licence. He has coached a variety of junior and senior teams since 2005 with his most recent senior experiences being with Ballarat Red Devils in 2013 (SL 2 N/W), Ashburton Women’s S.C. (WPL) in 2014 and Ashburton United (WPL) in 2015. In 2016 Sinisa coached Alamein FC, one of the 8 inaugural teams in the newly formed Victorian Women's National Premier League. Sinisa’s coaching style engenders an attacking and entertaining brand of football which is calculated to create a high number of goal scoring opportunities. It is a possession based game of “Effective Football” with high tempo short passing and good movement which aims to dominate possession and control the game. When not in control of the ball he expects the team to press hard aiming to win back possession and quickly transition into attack. This approach requires total commitment from players and to facilitate the learning experience at training Sinisa plans and prepares each training session well in advance. In the last three years with both Ashburton and Alamein teams the players have assimilated Sinisa’s approach. In 2015 Ashburton United finished second on the Women’s Premier league ladder after an unbeaten stretch of 12 matches leading into the finals. In 2016 Sinisa took the newly formed Alamein SC to second place on the NPLW ladder and into the finals. In 2017 Sinisa again coached Alamein FC into the NPLW top 4, but the team was unfortunately unsuccessful in their elimination final against Galaxy United.
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November 29, 2017

Introducing Mark Cassar - Technical Director

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Mark brings a wealth of football experience and knowledge to the role of Technical Director at Alamein FC. He has over 28 years of coaching experience, during which time he has held several coaching positions across many levels of football. This includes the Australian National Soccer League (Senior & Youth), Victorian Regional Academy Centre’s, Victorian State Representative programs, NPL Youth, Senior State League, Senior Community and for the past two years the Technical Director role at Southern United FC in the WNPL. Under his guidance there have been several players who have both represented Australia and played at the professional level of football. Mark also currently works full time with FFV as a Regional Zone Development Officer in the Gippsland region. His role encompasses many aspects of football working across 22 Clubs. He facilitates and delivers FFA Community Coaching Courses and has an excellent understanding of the FFA National Curriculum. He has also been instrumental in establishing and implementing the Talented Player Pathways across the Gippsland region, which includes working with local Sports Assemblies / Academies and strengthened relationships with ‘A’ & ‘W’ League Clubs. He has also been a driving force in the growth and development in Gippsland of female community participation, female coach education, community clinics and female Talented Player Pathways. This also included the foresight to extend the reach of the WNPL in securing the first WNPL fixtured match in Gippsland in 2017. Mark is a self-driven individual with a continued willingness to learn, innovate and implement strategic goals. Along with his strong leadership skills he has an outstanding record of achievement. He has the ability to manage and effectively develop people both individually and in a team environment. Amongst his many skills, Mark is currently awaiting his final assessment for his FFA / AFC Advanced 'A' licence and holds an Australian Sports Commission Presenter and Assessor Certificate.
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November 29, 2017

Introducing Chris Steele - U12s Coach

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Chris has been involved in women’s soccer since 2003, most recently as female football coordinator and senior women’s coach at Ashburton United. Chris was also involved with the British Army women’s team during his own military service. Being around other high level coaches and top quality players during this time has helped Chris develop his own style of coaching and leadership. Chris holds UK coaching qualifications and has recently added to these by attending the FFA/AFC senior C licence at AIS Canberra. Chris is delighted to be a member of the AFC Coaching team.
June 06, 2018

Introducing Catherine Brown - U14s Coach

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Catherine Brown is Joining us as our U14s coach and senior player. Catherine has been playing football for 19 years, starting with her local club in Canberra and working her way to eventually play in the W-League for Canberra United for 6 seasons.Catherine has represented Australia at U17 level and also Young Matildas and she has coached a number of junior teams including the ACT girls at the FFA National Championships. We welcome Catherine to the Alamein family.
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June 06, 2018

Introducing Daniel Foden - U19 and Senior Assistant Coach

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Experienced and established coach Daniel Foden has been appointed as U19 Head Coach - Senior Assistant Coach to Sinisa for the 2018 WNPL season. Having finished Runners up in 2017 with the U18 @ SMFC , Daniel has his sights set for one better this year. We wish Daniel all the very best for the season with both teams he is involved in.