Strikers Press “Refresh” Button On Coaching Structure

Oct 27, 2017 by

The Brisbane Strikers will enter the PlayStation ® 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland season with a revamped coaching structure.

The structure will see David Large overseeing the club’s senior football program comprising the Senior, Under-20s and Under-18s squads and managing coaches Owen Baker (Senior and Under-20s) and newly-appointed Under-18s coach, David Provan.

Large will take on the duties typical of the manager’s role at English football clubs – setting out the club’s football philosophy, recruiting players and managing contractual discussions with them.

Meanwhile, Baker and Provan will design and carry out the training sessions for their respective squads assisted by the club’s High Performance Unit, managed by Russell Hicks, and the club’s medical staff.

Baker has worked his way through the club’s junior coaching roles since 2013. He was assistant coach to Sean Lane in 2017, helping Lane take the senior squad to a second successive PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland premiership.

When work commitments prevented Lane from taking the team into the national finals series, Baker took the coaching reigns and guided Strikers all the way to the Grand Final, which they lost 2-0 to Victorian club Heidelberg United.

“I’m obviously delighted to be confirmed in the position and very proud,” said Baker.

“But I know there’s lots of work ahead. I think it’s like running our third marathon. Just because we’ve won the last two marathons doesn’t mean that this one is going to be any easier. We still have to do all the hard training and give the commitment and focus that got us there for the last two years.

“It’s going to be a new challenge with some new teams in the competition, so it’s going to be exciting times for the club”.

Former Blacktown City and Apia Leichhardt player Provan has spent the last two seasons at Broadbeach United Soccer Club coaching their Premier League Reserves team to two Premierships while identifying and working with talented players from their Under-18s squad to help them transition to senior football. He has an AFC “B” License.

“I’m very honoured to get the opportunity from David in particular,” said Provan.

“In terms of the challenge ahead, I’m under no illusions about the expectations of the group and I’m looking not only to get results for the club but also to bring some of the young boys through to the senior setup.

“I’m excited, particularly in terms of giving some of those young boys that opportunity and hopefully seeing them progress”.

Steve O’Connor, who has been goalkeeper coach for the club’s senior football program for the past two seasons, will also return in that role.

The senior football program will be underpinned by the Strikers Academy for juniors under Academy Manager Russell Hicks, including the newly introduced fulltime Skills Acquisition Phase training and matches (for footballers Under 12 years and younger).

Photo: Owen Baker

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