ERCA Coaches of the Month

Tuesday, August 07, 2018











ERCA- Coach of The Month- June 2018


Luke Thompson- Upwey Tecoma - Ausckick Coach

Played many years at senior level and demonstrates through fun participation with kids being active in all demonstrations

Clear communication with younger kids at a level they understand and is extremely effective at using parental participation to help communicate with kids

Auskick numbers are on the increase due to regular great feedback from kids and parents


Daniel Wright- Yarra Junction Junior Football Club – Junior Coach

Daniel is very passionate about football, particularly at the grassroots level. His experience as a player and assistant coach in the past has given him the ability to use the skills he has learned from his own coaches and mentors over the years towards his new coaching role. Daniel’s young son is also playing in the under 9's.  He has a very positive attitude and is encouraging of the children to try their best and support each other.  The feedback from parents is also well received, particularly as this is the first playing year for all our players and the relationship between coach and parents is an important one.


Wayne McVay- Healesville Football Netball Club- Youth Coach

This is Wayne’s first year as coach for our Under 18’s team and was the team’s assistant coach in 2017.   Wayne has attended coaching conferences organised by the AFL Yarra Ranges and is willing to implement the drills/skills that he has learnt at these seminars to the U 18’s training.    Wayne was also being supportive in our Club’s coaching workshop with the Healesville Junior Football Club Coaches, conducted by our Senior Coach, Bryan “Jack” Cole.    Wayne was a willing participant in the workshop and easily communicated with the Junior Coaches showing his passion for coaching.     


Wayne has been able to communication positively with the Under 18’s team and has had the whole team at training since November 2017.   With the pressure the U 18’s players have in relation to Year 12, University and work it is to Wayne’s credit that the players have all been keen to attend training.     Wayne also alters the U 18’s training schedules to suit the players needs to ensure that the players enthusiasm does not change in respect to training and game day.    Wayne is supportive with to assist the Club to develop the role of the Under 18 team.    Wayne is always helpful around the Club and is willing to discuss with the Football Manager and our Senior Coaches on ways to improve his coaching skills and the U 18’s player skills.   


We believe that Wayne shows respect to his players and his support staff and it is reflected in how the Under 18 players have performed well as a group on and off the field.  Wayne also shows a lot of respect to other volunteers at the Club and is always trying to help the Club by encouraging his players and their parents to be involved with the Club.   His attitude and commitment to his team is greatly appreciated by HFNC.


Dave Stirling – Thornton-Eildon Football Netball Club -Female Coach

Dave’s communication skills are exceptional. His ability to deliver his message that all players can relate too is valuable for the development to all his players.

Dave also has great respect amongst the player group and always makes the training sessions fun,

with detailed communication about game concepts and is approachable for all players to ask questions and make comment. Steers the ship well.


Dave is integral part of the Thornton-Eildon Football Netball Club. He is hugely respected throughout the community with the amount of work he does for the club, with many roles he plays such as President, Coach, even dances and bartends at functions.


Kane Shore – Seville Football Netball Club - Senior Coach


Kane's knowledge of the game is 2nd to none. His ability to see the game unfold and adjust the way he wants his team to play is valuable for the success of the team.

Kane is clear and informative in his messaging to his players. His real strength is the way he connects with all players within our club.

Training sessions are carefully thought out and are adjusted accordingly to areas of strength and weakness, with many hours of planning into reviewing and previewing games.

The respect that Kane holds within the club is very evident with the return of many past players and officials who have returned to the club since Kane has taken on the coaching position.