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Coach John comes from the land Downunder where he coached youth soccer teams for a number of years before relocating recently with his family to the Portage community. Both he and his 3 sons are really pleased to have joined Lightning in 2015 to pursue their shared passion for the game.
John is a licensed Junior Football (soccer) coach with the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and has also studied the FFA Youth Football Certificate. His previous club was Moreland City Football Club in Melbourne where he coached U-11, U-10, and Academy (or, “Mini Roos” as it is known in Australia). He recently earned his US "E" license and his philosophy for coaching youth players is to develop the best possible technical abilities in each and every player during their “golden years” of skill acquisition.
When not on the soccer pitch John works as a research director in veterinary health and supports both the Socceroos and Melbourne Victory. His favorite teams to watch are the EPL and any team playing a live match.