Hosted by Former Socceroo Gary Cole, these are the conversations, the stories and the insights of Australia's Football Coaches. We dig down into the coaching journeys of the men and women who help grow and develop our players and teams. In the main, these stories have not been told - so sit back, listen, and enjoy.
About the host: Gary Cole is a former Socceroo, a Heidelberg United FC great, and a football leader with a diverse background and extensive leadership experience in football at Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Football Victoria. He coached at the AIS with Dr Ron Smith, was Assistant Socceroos Coach to Frank Arok, and also coached with success in the National Soccer League and the Victorian Premier League. Gary also serves on the Executive Committee of Football Coaches Australia - the official association of Australian football coaches.
The Football Coaching Life: Trevor Morgan
This is an insightful reflection of Trevor Morgan’s long coaching journey as well as the challenges he currently faces as Australia’s National U17 (Joeys) Coach and National Technical director.
The Football Coaching Life: Kenny Lowe
Kenny Lowe is currently the Director of Football at ECU Joondalup in the Football West NPL, where he coaches the first team and the juniors. This is in his spare time as he is the Principal Mechanical Engineer for Wood.
He had 10 clubs in his 300 plus, professional and semi-professional career in the UK, before reluctantly accepting the role of Manager at Gateshead, where his love for coaching and player development began.
The Football Coaching Life: Kevin Muscat
This conversation is a wonderfully open look inside of Kevin Muscat’s football coaching journey and the significant people and moments in it and the wisdom he has gained along the way.
‘Musky’ as he is affectionately known in Australia has just kicked-off his second season as Manager of Yokohama F Marinos in Japan’s J-League. After he took over from Ange Postecoglou in 2021, the Marinos finished runners-up in his first season.
The Football Coaching Life: Aurelio Vidmar
Aurelio Vidmar has recently returned to Australia from coaching at BG Panthum United in Thailand League One.
As a player, he had a remarkable 500 plus game professional career in Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan, and finished playing back in Australia. Over 260 games were with Adelaide City in the National Soccer League. And of course, he was a member of the ‘Golden Generation’, playing 44 times for the Socceroos.
His coaching journey began in Australia with Adelaide United as Assistant to John Kosmina, before taking on the Head Coach role and finishing runners up in both the Hyundai A League and the Asian Champions League in 2008 and 2009.
Aurelio then became Assistant Coach of the Socceroos and Head Coach of the Olyroos from 2010-2016, and was U20 Head Coach in 2012. He also had a short stint as caretaker Socceroos Coach in 2013.
The Football Coaching Life: Leah Blayney
Leah is the Head Coach of the Young Matildas and the Future Matildas, which she combines with teaching at Westfield Sports High.
Her love for the game began in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales with Wentworth Falls Warriors, and then Macarthur Rams U14 Boys, where she was the only girl in the team. Her career has involved earning caps for the Matildas as a player, and coaching with Football New South Wales, at the National Talent Centre (NTC) Program, with West Sydney Wanderers, serving as Assistant Coach of the Matildas, and she also went to the Rio Olympics and the World Cup in France as a scout/analyst.
The Football Coaching Life: Alen Stajcic
Alen is the current Head Coach of the Philippines Women’s National Team (the Malditas, yes that’s correct!), and is preparing them for the 2022 AFC Asian Cup, which is being held in India. The Philippines will play in a group with Indonesia, Thailand and of course Australia (the Matildas).
Some incredible stories and story tellers
One of my favourite football podcasts. It provides an incredible insight into coaching life. Gary asks great questions, coaches share some awesome stories...
Gary has a beautiful interview style which relaxes his guests and allows them to tell their own stories, in their own words - giving the audience authentic access into the hearts and minds of Australia’s best coaches.