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: Ernie Merrick
Ernie Merrick is well known in Australian football circles. His most recent coaching role was Head Coach of A-League side the Newcastle Jets, and he has also had stints with the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory in the A-League, where he had great on-field success in terms of both results and developing players.
The Football Coaching Life: Graham Arnold
Graham Arnold more often referred to as ‘Arnie’ in Australian Football circles is our national Coach of both the Socceroos and the Olyroos. In this open and honest conversation with former Socceroo Gary Cole, the current Socceroos Coach talks about his coaching and leadership styles, how they have changed over the course of his journey; and the importance of mentors and developing resilience along the way.
The Football Coaching Life: Heather Garriock
Heather Garriock is perhaps best known for the 130 caps she won representing the Matildas and her expert commentary on Optus Sport. In this frank and fearless conversation with former Socceroo Gary Cole, she explains how coaching and leadership has given her a different perspective on success.
The Football Coaching Life: Ron Smith
Gary Cole explores the Football Coaching Life of Dr Ron Smith - regarded by many in football as 'Australia's Coaching Guru'.
The Football Coaching Life: Tom Sermanni
In this episode, former Socceroo Gary Cole speaks with Tom Sermanni.
Sermanni's success speaks for itself. He has been to five FIFA Women’s World Cups: three with the Matildas (1995, 2007 and 2011), one with Canada as an assistant coach (2015) and the fifth with New Zealand in France (2019). He has won the Algarve Cup (2013) with the USA, the Asian Cup with the Matildas (2010), he was also named AFC Coach of the Year (2007). He now has his sights set on taking New Zealand’s Football Ferns to the delayed 2020 Olympic Games.
The Football Coaching Life: Ange Postecoglou
In this episode, Former Socceroo Gary Cole speaks with Ange Postecoglou, who is arguably Australia's most successful football coach.
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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.