One of the new members to the Academy coaching ranks, Owen Baker joins the club with an impressive resume under his belt. Owen joins after a successful eight-year stint with NPL QLD squad Brisbane Strikers, following a further five years coaching junior teams.
He guided Strikers to the FFA Cup Semi-Final in 2019 and has previously coached successful Queensland squads at National Championships level.
Graham is very well known in Queensland circles for his exploits as one of the best players in the local league over a number of years. He has an unbelievably positive outlook on life and great passion for pushing players on to the next level. He is an outstanding coach in his own right having experienced NPL junior coaching as well as senior football and also time as TD of Redlands united. We are very lucky to have Graham in our program.
Not just his ability as a coach which is outstanding but the way he carries himself and the positivity he exudes around the place makes players want to be better in all aspects of what they do.
Luca Balestrazzi will take on the role as U13 Head Coach for this season. He has both playing and coaching experiences in Italy before moving to Australia in 2013, firstly in Sydney before moving north to Brisbane in 2018.
Luca has previous experience covering both coaching and management roles at Brisbane City FC, working on-field within SAP & NPL programs and winning back-to-back U18 & U20 premierships with City.
In 2020, he worked closely alongside Young Roar Head Coach Chris Grossman and will continue that role in 2021.
In his previous role as the FFA National Goalkeeper Development Manager, Dean May was tasked with developing a pool of high‐level Australian Goalkeeper coaches by further developing and delivering a world‐class program of goalkeeper coaching courses for coaches of elite and talented goalkeepers whilst facilitating the development of community coaches.
Although Goalkeeping is his main focus, Dean was an active member of the FFA Coach education team conducting C and B-licence courses. He is also an active member of the AFC elite goalkeeper instructors and has previoulst completed courses in India, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan for AFC.
As well as National GK duties with Football Federation Australia, Dean has had roles as National Goalkeeper coach for the Guam Women’s team and the Bangladesh Men’s senior and U23 squads