Coaches & Staff

SENIOR SQUADS

 

JAMES COUTTS – SENIOR HEAD COACH

Coaching Qualifications:  FA Level 2 & FFA B Licence

Coaching experience:
Own coaching business in the UK – Vickers Coutts Soccer Schools
Coaching positions for UK Elite, US
MUFC U20 Head Coach & Senior Head Coach
MUFC Bright Red Community Program Manager

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
I believe in the vision of the club and want to continue the good work that has already happened. I can’t wait to see the young local talent we have break through this year alongside some quality experience we have brought to the club. The 20’s have performed very well over the last 2 seasons and some of them will establish themselves as quality NPL players next season.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
For the seniors we have to look at avoiding relegation as a minimum. However, we want more. We want to get positive results playing attractive intelligent football. We believe with the current squad and players we want to bring in that we can have a very positive season and push towards the top half of the ladder. The continued development of our young local players is crucial also for the club long term and we have a great coaching group ready to help with that progression.

 

DAVID AFONSO – U20 HEAD COACH

Coaching qualifications: FFA C Licence

Coaching experience:
AWFA junior & senior coach. League & Cup winning coach at senior AWFA level.
2 years NPL Under 20s Coach and assistant senior coach.

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
Under 20s had a great season last year but finished second by goal difference. We want to develop the great young players and win some silver wear for the club.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
Continuing to develop younger players ready for seniors and playing an attacking brand of football and creating intelligent players.

 

DARREL MILLS – U18 HEAD COACH

Coaching qualifications: FFA C Licence

Coaching experience:
3 years Senior AWFA coach
2 years Junior AWFA representative coach
3 years Junior NPL coach (GV Suns U13, MUFC U14 & U15)

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
Coaching against the best players and coaches brings out the best in both players and coaches. Being able to implement what is needed to perform at this level compels improvement on everyone, every day. I enjoy challenging players to be better both as players and people.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
To implement a sustained structured style of possession-based football that is pleasing to watch and sets this group up to succeed in their future endeavours.

 

JUNIOR & SAP SQUADS

 

NICK MAMMONE – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR & U14 HEAD COACH

Coaching qualifications: FFA B Licence

Coaching experience:
FFV SAP Program Manager
FFV Under 13 Boys Country Head Coach
FFV Under 14 Boys Metro Head Coach
FFV Game Training Squad Head Coach
School Sport Victoria Under 12 Head Coach
Technical Director, Bendigo City FC

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC? 
Coaching at MUFC provides me with the opportunity to develop talented players and my coaching ability in the NPL.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
Improving players towards reaching their potential as footballers.

 

DAVE SMITH – U16 HEAD COACH

Coaching qualifications: FFA C Licence

Coaching experience:
20+ years of coaching in UK and Australia ranging from under 10 to Seniors
AWFA Representative & Riverina Head Coach
Head coach UK County and Regional

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
A new club and a new challenge.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
Simply to help improve performance, understanding and enjoyment of the game, allowing all players to take steps on the pathway to achieving their potential.

 

TERRY MASTERS – U15 HEAD COACH

Coaching qualifications: FFA C Licence

Coaching experience:
3 years NPL Head Coach (MUFC U14 & U15, GV Suns U13)
AWFA Representative Head Coach
Wangaratta seniors and juniors

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
I am looking forward to building on the foundations developed with the U14 squad last season.  I am excited about the interest from players outside of the team for the coming season that will only strengthen our squad.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
Continued improvement in individuals and team performance, and also self-improvement in my coaching. Results will then take care of themselves… possibly top 6 finish!

 

ADAM CARTY – U13 HEAD COACH & SAP COORDINATOR

Coaching qualifications: FFA C Licence

Coaching experience:
11 years Senior Head Coach -AWFA
2 years NPL SAP Coach/Coordinator
1-year Assistant Coach State League (previous NPL)

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
Murray United presents youth players in our region with the best opportunity to follow their dream of becoming a better footballer.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
The under 13 age group represents a significant period in both player and team development, as they must build on the key functional skills they have been learning and start to develop patterns of play. Achievement in 2017 will see both player and team performance continue to improve and as a consequence of this so will team results.

 

DARYL McMILLAN – U12 HEAD COACH

Coaching qualifications: FFA C Licence

Coaching experience:
10 years various coaching roles including AWFA (Albury Hotspurs FC), NSW PSSA/NSW PSSA State Knockout (Thurgoona Public School)
2 years Junior NPL Coach (MUFC U13 Assistant & U12 Head Coach)

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
NPL is the development pathway for talented players. I am excited to be coaching at MUFC as we have many local players with potential and I look forward to identifying, selecting and then developing this potential talent against the best of the best Victorian (and NSW) players in the FFV NPL.

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
Identify and select talented players and develop them into NPL League players and potential State and National junior representatives.

 

RYAN CLARKE – GOALKEEPING COACH

Coaching experience:
Ryan currently holds FFA Goalkeeping License
and brings to MUFC over 5 years of goalkeeping coaching experience in addition to an extensive playing career throughout QLD in state league competitions

Head Goalkeeping coach at the Melbourne Football Academy 2015-2016
Goalkeeping coach Gold Coast Football Academy 2013-2015
Goalkeeping coach Gold Coast Premier League Coomera Soccer Club 2012-2015

Why are you excited to be coaching at MUFC?
Murray is an emerging club with young developing players so it is a great opportunity to be a part of.  We have a good group of dedicated coaches and players and the standard of football improves each week so it is always exciting to see development

What do you hope to achieve in 2017 at MUFC?
I would like to see the club and its players succeed both on and off the field so Murray can establish itself amongst the big clubs of Victoria.  I also hope to develop my own coaching methods and techniques and pass on knowledge and experiences to the players.