Here at Knox United, we strive to supply our players with high quality coaches to help assist their development.
In 2023, the club welcomes 3 new coaches. These are our new Reserve Grade Coach – Milad, U8 Coach Ted Stephenson and our U10 coach Oscar Rahber joining the returning established team of coaches from the 2022 season including Premier League coach Stephen Roche, Junior coach Roy Wethereld, technical director and Junior Coach Vince Cali, and U18s SL coach and CCC Max Couvret.
With our Mens 4 All Age teams and our over 35s team, there are no appointed coaches. Instead, the teams are lead by the Captains and Senior players of the team in conjunction with the team managers; to help coach and run the teams.
As well as Knox United having teams in the 11 aside winter completion, in 2023 the club also have 2 Junior teams in the Summer Football 6 aside team.
Knox United FC Coaches 2023
Name: Stephen Roche
Role/s: Men’s Premier League Coach
Qualification: AFC A-License, Coach Instructor C-License
Experience: Stephen Roche is one of, if not the highest regarded coach in NSFA. Over his career, he has achieved numerous accolades. His highlights include coaching NSW state teams for 12 years, including being a NSW elite development coach where he was the first ever to coach a country team to winning a national title. Roche also was the NSWIS assistant coach, before becoming the inaugural coach of the CCM W-League team, where he was awarded W-League Coach of the Year. Following this, Roche was the inaugural coach of Western Sydney Wanderers W-League team where he spent 3 years. Currently, Roche is in his 18th year as Technical Director & Director of Football at Knox Grammar School, as well as an extremely valued member of the Knox United coaching staff.
Name: Vince Cali
Role/s: Technical Director,
Qualification: AFC B-License
Experience: Vince Cali is one of the leading junior coaches in the NSFA. Following on from playing, Vinnie started coaching 18 years ago. Throughout his career, Vinnie has coached at every level from U6 Community, to representative football. Vinnie is widely known for his enthusiasm, encouraging all players to develop and play at the highest level possible. Vinnie joined Knox United in 2016 as the Premier League Head Coach, where he spent 3 seasons. Following this, Vinnie was a key pillar in establishing Junior football through Knox United. Vinnie is also the head coach at Knox Prep School, where he has been for 8 years. Vinnie is excited to start his new role as Knox United Technical Director, where he will look to have an even larger impact on the development of Knox United players.
Name: Roy Wethereld
Role/s: U6 Coach
Qualification: AFC C-License
Experience: Roy started coaching at 16 working with Stephen Roche, Receiving his C License a year later. In 2021, After 20 years of coaching throughout the St George and Canterbury Area, Roy joined the Knox united coaching team. In 2023, Roy has moved from our Premier League Reserve grade and U14 coach to U6 where he is now coaching his sons team.
Name: Max Couvret
Role/s: Club Coach Coordinator,
Under 18’s SL Coach
Qualification: AFC C-License
Experience: Max started Coaching as an NPL SAP assistant in 2020, before receiving his C License in 2021, where he started coaching at Knox United. Max is currently in his third year at Knox United as the U18SL coach and Club Coaching Coordinator, whilst also coaching at Knox senior school and being a current first grade player for the club
Name: Milad Popalzay
Role/s: Premier League Reserve Grade Coach
Qualification: AFC B License (Currently Studying A)
Experience: In 2014, Milad started his coaching journey as an AYL/SAP coach for NSFA, as well as Knox Grammar where he stayed for 3 years. In 2016/17, Milad was selected as the u14 Metro and U13 NSW coach respectively to compete at the national championships winning the national title with his U13 squad. During this time, Milad also became an S and C coach at Knox Grammar. After starting as an S and C coach at Knox, Milad made a name for himself in NPL coaching at Western Sydney Wanderes as both a coach and head of S&C. Milad was vital in the success of the club winning NPL titles in U15, U16, U20 and getting U23 promoted to NPL 1 – a Fantastic achievement. In 2023, Milad joined the Knox United coaching team whilst also taking up a S&C position at NPL 1 side Manly United.
Name: Ted Stephenson
Role/s: U8 Coach
Qualification: Skills + Game training certificates
Experience: After leaving Knox in 2022, Ted started coaching with Knox United. Ted has played all his life and is keen to pass on his knowledge to a new generation. Since joining the club, Ted has completed 2 coaching courses showcasing his commitment. Welcome Ted
Name: Oscar Rahber
Role/s: U10 Coach
Qualification: Skill Training Certificate
Experience: After leaving Knox in 2022, Oscar started coaching with Knox United. Oscar has played all his life and is keen to pass on his knowledge to a new generation. Since joining the club, Oscar has completed a coaching course, aswell as participated in other NSFA led workshops to further develop his coaching skills. Welcome Oscar