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The Team behind our teams

Management

Warren Moon

Academy General Manager

General Manager of the Brisbane Roar Academy, Warren Moon is no stranger to Brisbane Roar FC. Being one of the club’s inaugural Hyundai A-League players back in 2005, Warren has since established himself as one of the best coaches in Queensland. Having most recently won back to back NPL Queensland Premierships with Lions FC, Warren’s success at a coaching level has brought him back to The Brisbane Roar in his role as General Manager of the Academy.

Warren places a high importance on the environment of players and seeks to make the Brisbane Roar Academy the leading innovator in youth development within the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League.

Luca Balestrazzi

Academy Operations manager

Luca joins Brisbane Roar Academy in the role of as Academy operations manager following his playing and coaching experiences in Italy, before moving to Australia in 2013. Developing into the system first in Sydney and since January 2018 in Brisbane. During his 2 years period in QLD Luca worked at Brisbane City FC covering both coaching and management roles. On the field he has been involved within SAP and NPL programs, winning two back to back premierships with U18 and U20 in his time at City. This season he will be working alongside our NYL Head Coach Chris Grossman in our NPL / NYL set up.

Luca’s managerial experience in business development is key in implementing our strategic plan in addition to day to day operational duties in the Academy, working closely with the Academy General Manager, Warren Moon. Luca is passionate and eager to grow our BRFC brand and build the foundations of our new look Academy across QLD and NNSW in multiple areas of football development.

Coaching Staff

Chris Grossman

NPL/nyl Head Coach

Chris has been at the club for a number of years now and has progressed through the academy ranks as a coach showing his qualities as a coach and an educator of young talent. He has a high work rate, hunger & desire to improve players and in particular, Queensland kids.

Chris was an easy appointment, and no one at the club deserves this role more, given how hard he works to improve his teams and players. It’s exciting times for our club but especially Chris who will now head the academy with this coaching appointment.

Kerwin Jean-Pierre

NPL u/20 Head Coach

Kerwin is another coach well known in local circles for a lot of great work he has done in the Junior space. A coach who has very high standards and demands the best from his players. He understands what is expected in our academy having had a previous stint with the club working as an assistant in our NYL and NPL program. 

Kerwin cares and he wants to see young Queensland players progress all the way to the first team and he will be working very hard to see this happen.
Kerwin was an obvious choice given his previous affiliation with the club and with how he shares the same ideals and beliefs of myself and everyone else involved in trying to push local talent to be better players and people.

graham Fyfe

NPL U18 Head Coach

Graham is very well known in Queensland circles for his exploits as one of the best players in the local league over a number of years. He has an unbelievably positive outlook on life and great passion for pushing players on to the next level. He is an outstanding coach in his own right having experienced NPL junior coaching as well as senior football and also time as TD of Redlands united. We are very lucky to have Graham in our program.

Not just his ability as a coach which is outstanding but the way he carries himself and the positivity he exudes around the place makes players want to be better in all aspects of what they do.

Pouria Nabi

NPL U16 Head Coach

We at Brisbane Roar are very excited to have someone like Pouria on our coaching staff. A highly accredited coach who also has had the experience of working in Iran Professionally and also with Marcello Lippi in China. Pouria has extensive knowledge of football in Queensland working across senior football in the NPL but also in development football working in the GPS school System for many years.

Pouria is not only well accredited in football but he also has a PhD in Leadership in professional sports teams. Pouria holds masters degrees in Philosophy(Applied Psychology in sports), Engineering & Industrial Engineering. We look forward having Pouria coach our U16 team for the coming season.

Francesco Zanoncelli

NPL U15 Head Coach

Francesco is not only someone who has played at the very highest level with AC Milan and various other Serie A clubs but he is someone that moved to our shores a decade ago and more recently has fallen in love with Queensland as his home state and is so passionate about raising the standard of talent in our programs.

Francesco is a great person to have in our program as he has played at the highest level and has coached now for many years with great success in player development. Francesco’s work ethic and passion is massively importantly but also his humbleness is a core characteristic that we strive to see at the Academy not just in our coaches but also the young men in our Academy.

Paul Wilton

NPL U14 Head Coach

Paul has a great track record of working with the best kids in the state in this age group through Queensland state programs and is someone who demands the very best of his players. Another passionate coach keen on developing Queensland talent, our U14 playing group is in good hands.

Paul has a great way with the teams he coaches and he knows where to progress them in this age group and where they need to be when they move on to the age group above. He holds himself and his team to high standards which align perfectly with what we are doing at the Brisbane Roar Academy.

John Ogden

NPL u13 Head Coach

John has been coaching in Queensland for over 30 years now in both Junior and Senior football. He is widely regarded by many as one of the best developers of talent we have in the state and his passion and desire to improve the players in our program is a real asset to the Academy.

John is someone to admire and respect, knowing how he cares for the development of players in this state. John will give everything he has to provide the right education and development for our young men entering the Academy in the U13 age group.

Dean may

Goalkeeping Coach

Brisbane Roar are delighted to announce Dean May as the Head of Goalkeeping for the Academy. In his previous role as the FFA National Goalkeeper Development Manager, Dean was tasked with developing a pool of high‐level Australian Goalkeeper coaches by further developing and delivering a world‐class program of goalkeeper coaching courses for coaches of elite and talented goalkeepers whilst facilitating the development of community coaches. Dean spent 4 years in this position, designed to expand the scope and reach of FFA’s Advanced Goalkeeper Coach Education programs.

Although Goalkeeping is his main focus, Dean was an active member of the FFA Coach education team conducting C and B licence courses. Dean holds UEFA “A” Licence, UEFA “A” Goalkeeper Licence and has recently completed the FFA PRO Licence course. Dean is also an active member of the AFC elite goalkeeper instructors, and has recently completed courses in India, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan for AFC.
As well as National GK duties with Football Federation Australia, Dean has had roles as National Goalkeeper coach for the Guam Women’s senior team and the Men’s senior and U23 squads of Bangladesh.

Jordan Manning

Strength and conditioning Coach

Jordan is now entering his second year at the club having been identified following his work at NPL club Western Pride senior program. During his first season Jordan lead our U16s to our first academy npl grand final and saw three players make their Joeys U15s debuts.

In addition to his coaching exploits, Jordan’s role in the field of Sport Science has been recognised following his work at Brisbane Grammar alongside former club captain Matt Mckay. Quickly developing a performance science and athletic development career alongside his coaching, Jordan has graduated a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sport Science (2018) and has attained his AFC B Licence (2019). A hard working team member always looking to learn, Jordan is currently studying a Masters of Sports Coaching at the University of Queensland (graduating 2021) and is looking forward to further development opportunities to come.