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Introduction
In 1991 football was introduced as a GPS sport. Mr Tony Clarke, the inaugural director of the sport at the College, guided football through these formative years. Perhaps the most instrumental move by the College to boost the game in these early years was to appoint Mr Gordon Arrowsmith as 1st XI coach in 1995. Gordon, a pillar of the Queensland football community with coaching experience at a national level and acknowledged on an international scale, transformed the Nudgee College 1st XI team into one of the highest standards of schoolboy football in Australia, resulting in a dominant period in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  Since then, former Head of Football Paul Edwards and former Socceroo, Col Bennett have guided the team to two unbeaten seasons.
In 2012, Jamie Pybus took up the role of Director of Football looking to develop players to representative level, state level and beyond. The programme hugely values the development of individual players and, during 2013, four players achieved National recognition and another six State selection.  Nudgee won back to back Premierships in 2013 and 2014.
 
What is the Football Programme?
The programme here at Nudgee College consists of the GPS season (years 5-12), football mentoring programme, goalkeepers academy, development programme, futsal programme, coaching camps and development coaching including visits from Brisbane Roar community coaches and from local NPL, BPL and community clubs.  
 
GPS competition 
Nudgee College 1st XI have finished in the top few placing’s for most of the past 21 seasons.  Most recently Nudgee College finished 1st in 2014, 1st in 2013 and a narrow 2nd in 2012.  
In the past two years the programme has also seen large growth going from 180 players in 2011 to approximately 500 in 2014.  As well as encouraging high levels of participation the programme also looks to support boys development towards playing at the level they aspire to, including helping them to balance training commitments.  
 
Goalkeeping Academy 
Nudgee College runs a Goalkeeping Academy throughout the year.
 
Futsal Programme
Younger players who are interested can participate in Futsal sessions for the school in Term 1,3 and 4.
 
Club Links 
Nudgee College maintains a strong relationship with a number of local National Premier League, Brisbane Premier League and local league clubs as well as our A-League club; Brisbane Roar.
 
Coach Education
Nudgee College is proud of the qualifications and experience of our coaching staff.  We currently have more than 10 coaches involved with the programme with advanced coaching qualifications.
 
Current Coaches 
1st XI Coach – Dave Harris
Dave is the current National Premier League U15 Coach at Moreton Bay United as well as being the Assistant First Team Coach at the club.  He currently holds an AFC C-licence. His playing career included spells in the National Youth League and both the QLD and NSW Premier League’s.
 
1st XI Coach – Danny McHenery
Danny is a highly respected coach in Queensland and is currently the U18 Moreton Bay United coach in the National Premier League. He is currently completing his AFC B-licence.
 
U16 Coach – Greg Bradley
Greg is currently Head Coach at the Gap having previously coached at Newmarkey and been Director of Football at Albany Creek. Greg holds his Senior Coaching Certificate.
 
U15 Coach – Ben Ryan
Ben is a C-licence coach with an excellent record as coach of Bayside and Albany Creek.  Ben is currently the Holland Park Hawks Head Coach.
 
U14 Coach – Paul Edwards
A ‘UEFA B’ licence coach and former Head of Football at Nudgee College, Paul is Managing Director of ‘Football Coach International’.
 
U13 Coach – Luke Borean
Luke has played professional in Italy since leaving Nudgee a decade ago.  He is currently goalkeeper for Moreton Bay United in the National Premier League and coaches in the Academy at the club.
 
U12 Coach - Sam Saif 
Sam has worked in football youth development for over 20 years at the highest level in the EPL with Leeds United, Sheffield United and for Team England as a Scout, specializing in talent identification of Under-16 players. Sam is involved in Coach Education and he holds high level coaching awards on three continents. He is currently plying his trade as Head Coach over Mitchelton FC having led Wolves FC to be a dominant force in Brisbane football over the past few seasons.
 
U11 Coach – Iain Bennett
Iain currently coaches U13 NPL at Brisbane City and holds a UEFA B licence.
 
U10 Coach – Mitch Edwards
Mitch currently coaches U12 NPL at Brisbane City and holds a FFA C licence.
 
Col Bennett
A former Australian International player who played 55 games consecutively with the National team and was, in 2003, inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame. Col played for Brisbane Lions in the National Soccer League being ever present across six seasons. He also played over 500 games in the PSL/NSL/Premier League in Sydney and has coached extensively at club and schoolboy level in Brisbane.
 
Jason Maguire 
Jason is currently Director of Coaching at Queensland Lions and holds a UEFA B licence.  
He was previously Development Officer and Head Coach for Football Association of Ireland Emerging Talent Programme.
 
Greg Plumb
Greg is currently the U13 APL coach at Brisbane Strikers and is also involved with the Skill’s Acquisition Programme.  He was Assistant Coach to the U13 Queensland side in 2012, holds a AFC ‘B’ licence and is currently completing his A- licence.  Greg also holds a sports science and coaching degree and a sports psychology diploma.
 
Jake Goodship
Jake is a ‘UEFA B’ licence coach who works full-time at Brisbane City Football Club and is Head Coach for their U12 APL side. Jake also runs the Brisbane City Academy and coaches the Skill’s Acquisition Programme.
 
Goalkeeping Coaches
Luke Borean
Luke has played professional in Italy since leaving Nudgee a decade ago.  He is currently goalkeeper for Moreton Bay United in the National Premier League and coaches in the Academy at the club.
Craig Goodall
Craig heads up our Goalkeeping Academy programme and is currently completing his goalkeeping licence’s.
 
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Harry Westwood
 
 
Former and Current Players
 
Current pupils representing Brisbane Roar / Queensland Academy of Sport (2015) 
Lachlan Strogusz, Rhys Raymond, Thomas Schultz.
 
Current pupils who represented Queensland at National Championships
Franco Aceto (2014, 2013) Declan Robinson (2013), Lachlan Strogusz (2011, 2012), Jake Clancy (2011, 2012), Rhys Raymond (2011, 2012), Jamie Dimitroff (2011, 2012), Thomas Schultz (2011, 2012), Nicholas Panetta (2011, 2012),
 
Former Pupils
Matt Bell – Represented Australia at U20 level and the Olyroos. 
Andrew Packer – Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar (2005-09). Represented Australia at Under 17 level. 
Jamie Young – Brisbane Roar, Reading, Wycombe Wanderers and Aldershot Town.
Luke Borean - U.S Colognese (Italy), Moreton Bay United 
Damien Rogers – Australian Schoolboy International (1995)  
Scot Coulson – Queensland Academy of Sport (2010-11), Brisbane Strikers 
Daniel Leach - Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane Strikers, Barnet Football Club
Nicholas Panetta – Australia U17’s (2013-15)
Jamie Dimitroff – Australia U17’s (2013-15)
Hayden McHenery – Queensland Academy of Sport (2013, 2014)
 

GPS Football Captains for Nudgee College 1st XI

1991 Ryan Houston  
1992 Brendon Rogers  
1993 Haydn Wypych  
1994 Matthew Bell  
1995 Damien Rogers Premiership Winners
1996 Mark Steward  
1997 Andrew Packer  
1998 Grant Dickens Premiership Winners
1999 Malcolm Van De Graaf  
2000 Malcolm Van De Graaf  
2001 Michael Fernandez Premiership Winners
2002 Luke Watson  
2003 Michael Sciardi Premiership Winners
2004 Michael Butters & David Thomas  
2005 Angus McLachlan  
2006 Tom Lynch  
2007 Paul Pizzica Premiership Runner's Up
2008 Charlie Cordeny  
2009 Jaydon Munn  
2010 Alex O’Regan  
2011 Ben Battistin  
2012 Scot Coulson Premiership Runner's Up
2013 Alex Nicolaidis Premiership Winners
2014 Zack Coulson and Hayden McHenery Premiership Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Squads

2012
Josh Hall, Tom Gilbert, Alex Nicolaidis, Jordan Pitt, Roneill Prasad, Zack Coulson, Hayden McHenery, Kai Barnes, Tom Parker, Brandon Less, Scot Coulson (c), Shane Auakai, David Benson, Sam Kelly, Daniel Mastroianni.  Premiership Runner’s Up.
 
2013
Jack Di Tommasi, Sam Battistin, Alex Nicolaidis (c), Ben Bailey, Hayden McHenery, Ben Harris, Sam Kelly, Nick Panetta, Kai Barnes, Zack Coulson, Shane Auakai, David Benson, Jamie Dimitroff, Rhys Raymond, Broc Kumar, Oliver Smith, Jesse Bartrim, Tom Lourigan, Jake Clancy.  Premiership Winners.
 
2014

Jake Clancy, Jack Dutton, Emryn Donnelly-Fagan, Lachlan Strogusz, Luke Heeney, Ben Harris, Hayden McHenery (c), Zack Coulson (c), Shane Auakai, Jamie Dimitroff, Rhys Raymond, Broc Kumar, Jesse Bartrim, Tom Lourigan, Byron Sinnerton, Alex Fiechtner, Nathan Peever, Frank Auakai, Christian Trovato, Mark Stuart, Billy Bajic.   Premiership Winners.

For further information about the Nudgee College Football programme please contact Jamie Pybus on JPybus@nudgee.com