Coaching News

This section provides updates on our latest Coaching provided by our Director of Coaching - Ken Swan .

Alongside news and activity this will also include resources for Coaches throughout the club to access.

Welcome Ken Swan - Director of Coaching

Ken  Swan  Arrival

We are delighted to formally announce that Ken Swan will join Pine Hills Football Club as our Director of Coaching starting from 1st June.

Ken brings to our club qualities and experience that are of the highest level. As a player he was voted the best and fairest player in Queensland senior football two years in a row in the early 80's. He represented Queensland at the senior level over a 12 year period, and also played in the early years of the national league. Ken was also a member of several teams that won premierships and grand finals at the highest level of Queensland football.

Ken has also coached at the senior level. He coached Sunshine Coast in the state league, and North Star, Brisbane Strikers and Mt Gravatt in the Brisbane premier league. He has also coached multiple junior representative teams.


Not only does Ken have outstanding football experience but he also has over 30 years educational experience as a Teacher, Principal, Education Adviser, Author and Lecturer at QLD University of Technology. Ken’s unique Football and Educator experience made him a perfect fit for this role.

Ken will join formerly appointed Mick Hornby (Senior Men’s Coach) and Rico Wilson (Senior Women’s Coach) working together with a newly established Senior Coaching Group to help Pine Hills FC design and develop the highest quality of coaching across all our Junior and Senior Football Teams.

Glen Faulkner, Club President commented “Having someone of Ken’s calibre and experience is fantastic news for our club. We are committed to the development of our Junior and Senior players through a broader coaching structure across all levels”.

Ken commented “I’m excited to join Pine Hills FC and help the club reach their ambitions in establishing a new level of coaching standard and quality across all teams. The club has a great positive culture and a great team of coaches I’m looking forward to help develop”.

Ken will be around the club next week meeting our coaches and junior teams so please welcome him to our club.

(Pictures courtesy of Rogue Gun Photography)

Coaching Update 1 - Ken Swan

Thank you everyone for your warm welcome to the club.

This week was my first opportunity to have a good look around. The club certainly has wonderful facilities and I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm of the coaches that I have met, and the passion of the leadership team who clearly want good outcomes for all our players.


This is the first of many regular updates I will provide for club members.


It is not my intention to just come in and start making changes. There is a lot of good quality work happening at the club so it is important to respect that work, but also see where further development and improvement can be made.


To inform that process I will be conducting a formal review of the coaching program which will involve collecting the perspectives of existing coaches, parents of players as well as youth and above players over the coming 2-3 weeks. This will largely be through an online survey which you will be able to access via the Club’s normal communication channels.  If you see me about the place you are also welcome to introduce yourself and share your thoughts. Within a month I hope to have collected and analysed that data, shared it with the club’s existing senior coaches and committee, and identified actions to move forward in the short term. 


This week has been very much about me listening to and observing what is happening on the football field in relation to coaching. It is obvious that there is a wide range of coaching abilities from the very experienced to those with little or no prior experience. It is important that I acknowledge and thank those parents who have taken on the mantle of coach. I am here to help you and will be making contact with you with some support options in the next week.


There are also many coaches who are extremely passionate about their work. I look forward to helping them to sharpen their coaching skills so that they can improve their effectiveness in player development.


I met with other senior coaches recently and discussed a variety of topics including roles and expectations, communication, alignment of our coaching to the FFA coaching curriculum, how coaches plan their sessions, resources for coaches, coaching expectations and standards, and the possibility of a school-holiday coaching program. I will be sharing progress on these and other topics in future updates.


My role is to put in place coaching programs that align to the overall mission and goals of this club. I look forward to using my knowledge, experience and skills to make this happen.


Cheers.

Ken Swan

Director of Coaching

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