THE TEAM BEHIND OUR TEAMS

COACHING STAFF

Chris Grossmann

NPL/nyl Head Coach

Chris has been at the club for a number of years now and has progressed through the academy ranks as a coach showing his qualities as a coach and an educator of young talent. He has a high work rate, hunger & desire to improve players and in particular, Queensland kids.
Chris was an easy appointment, and no one at the club deserves this role more, given how hard he works to improve his teams and players. It’s exciting times for our club but especially Chris who will now head the academy with this coaching appointment.

Owen Baker

NPL U23 HEAD COACH

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 Fyfe

NPL U18 Head Coach

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.

Francesco Zanoncelli

NPL U15 Head Coach

Francesco is not only someone who has played at the very highest level with AC Milan and various other Serie A clubs but he is someone that moved to our shores a decade ago and more recently has fallen in love with Queensland as his home state and is so passionate about raising the standard of talent in our programs.
Francesco is a great person to have in our program as he has played at the highest level and has coached now for many years with great success in player development. Francesco’s work ethic and passion is massively importantly but also his humbleness is a core characteristic that we strive to see at the Academy not just in our coaches but also the young men in our Academy.

Paul Wilton

NPL U14 Head Coach

Paul has a great track record of working with the best kids in the state in this age group through Queensland state programs and is someone who demands the very best of his players. Another passionate coach keen on developing Queensland talent, our U14 playing group is in good hands.
Paul has a great way with the teams he coaches and he knows where to progress them in this age group and where they need to be when they move on to the age group above. He holds himself and his team to high standards which align perfectly with what we are doing at the Brisbane Roar Academy.

Dean May

Goalkeeping Coach 

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

Jordan Manning

Strength and conditioning Coach

Jordan is now entering his second year at the club having been identified following his work at NPL club Western Pride senior program. During his first season Jordan lead our U16s to our first academy npl grand final and saw three players make their Joeys U15s debuts.
In addition to his coaching exploits, Jordan’s role in the field of Sport Science has been recognised following his work at Brisbane Grammar alongside former club captain Matt Mckay. Quickly developing a performance science and athletic development career alongside his coaching, Jordan has graduated a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sport Science (2018) and has attained his AFC B Licence (2019). A hard working team member always looking to learn, Jordan is currently studying a Masters of Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland (graduating 2021) and is looking forward to further development opportunities to come.