Canberra FC can today confirm the appointment of Dean Ugrinic as Head Coach of the Canberra FC Men’s NPL side for season 2020.
Ugrinic is a well-known figure in the Canberra and wider football community, having taken on high-level coaching positions at a number of clubs with great success across his 18-year coaching career.
Of most recent note, Ugrinic was appointed the head coach of the Canberra United National Youth league squad for 2018/19 and won the 2017 PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues Grand Final over Premiers Canberra Olympic. He has also won a Championships and a Federation Cup with Belconnen United in 2017, a Federation Cup with O’Connor Knights, led Woden to its first appearance in the NPL finals in 2013 and was at the helm with Olympic in 2011 making a Grand final appearance.
Club President Tony Vidovic said the appointment was a great step for the club which was looking to build upon its impressive record of 23 league titles and 9 trebles.
“We are excited to welcome Dean to the Club and look forward to working with him,” Vidovic said.
Dean has enjoyed an extensive and successful career in the ACT winning multiple Premier League Championships and Federation Cup titles during his 18 years as a coach.
Speaking about his appointment, Ugrinic said he was looking forward to the opportunity of working with Canberra’s premier football club which have set the benchmark in the league over last 60 years.
“I’m looking forward to reuniting with the club, this time as its head coach,” he said.
“The prospect of guiding a club that has produced exceptional talent over its proud 60 year history and building on the work from last season with some of the best local talent is exciting to say the least. Canberra FC is undoubtedly a breeding ground for success and I am very keen to continue that into my tenure at the club”.
With recent upgrades to facilities at Deakin Stadium and some new signings, Ugrinic is quietly confident that the club will again make an impact in season 2020.
Nikola played both junior and senior football at Canberra FC from 2002 through to 2012. Throughout his football playing career he regularly represented the ACT at national football championship and represented the Canberra Football Club at the Croatian International Tournament in Croatia.
In 2016, Nikola pursued a coaching role in the woman’s football program at Canberra Football club. In his first three years coaching within the youth program he finished runner up on two occasions and an undefeated 1st place in his third year. To date he is yet to miss a grand final in his time coaching at Canberra FC.
In 2017, Nikola graduated from the University of Canberra with a Coaching and Exercise Science/Rehabilitation degree and is a Level I Strength and conditioning Coach. In 2019, he completed his AFC/FFA C License and will be continuing on to complete his AFC/FFA B License in 2020. Nikola took charge of the WNPL First grade squad in 2019 and had a very successful first season finishing 2nd on the table and coaching in his first senior grand final.
Rob was WNPL 17s coach in 2018, prior to being elevated to the WNPL Reserves coaching role in 2019. He has worked closely alongside senior coaching staff at CFC to assist with the Senior CFC WNPL program, as well as assisting with identification and development of upcoming talent within the WNPL squads. Rob has also been instrumental in promoting and facilitating opportunities for players within the club seeking to go to the next level, and is well respected for his professionalism and dedication to player development.
Previous roles include a number of years coaching and assisting both boys and girls teams across various age groups from the Mini-Roos and including Futsal. He was also coach of the winning CFC WNPL team at the 2018 Croatian Soccer Tournament at the Gold Coast and made the finals with his WNPL reserves team in 2019.
Rob has completed his Grassroots Coaching Course and has also completed his FFA/AFC ‘C’ Senior Licence.
Michael has had an illustrious playing career in Europe where he played for Rakuunat in Finland, Swedish side Trelleborgs FF and Syrianska FC. He has also trained and played with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Malmo FF in Sweden and played under Coach Giovanni Trapattoni in Hannover, Germany. He has also played with Henrik Larsson in Sweden (Helsingborg IF and Trelleborf FF) and in December 2011, joined Thanh Hóa F.C. in the Vietnamese Super League.
Michael started playing in Australia in 2015 with Canberra FC and Monaro Panthers and finished his playing career with Canberra FC in 2018 scoring 5 goals in as many appearances helping the club win their 23rd league title and 9th treble. Michael was the U20’s men’s coach in 2019 and is currently completing his C Licence.
Tony started his coaching of elite players in 1993 with Canberra Olympic’s U/19 Youth Team. He continued to coach at the elite youth level throughout the 1990’s/early 2000’s both at Canberra Olympic and Belconnen, enjoying success at both clubs. In the latter part of the 2000’s, Tony lead the way in building Woden Valley FC into an NPL 1 club – firstly by coaching its inaugural 1st Grade Team then focusing on WVFC’s Youth Teams. In recent years Tony has coached at TUFC, WWFC and another stint at BUFC.
Tony has also accumulated a wealth of experience in both the National and International arenas. He has coached Junior ACT Boys Representative Squads at National Titles (both TSP and Schoolboys), enjoying various levels of success. Recently, Tony has been elevated to the National Schoolboys level being appointed Assistant Coach of both the U/16’s & U/19’s National Schoolboys Teams. He has also led these age groups on tours overseas.
John has gained extensive experience at coaching top level junior and WNPL football in Canberra over the last 10 years and will be completing his senior C licence certification later this year. John has been an integral part of the CFC WNPL 13’s, 15’s and 17’s programs as coach or assistant coach for the very successful 2017/2018 and 2019 seasons which resulted in some outstanding achievements including an undefeated minor premiership, back to back grand final appearances, three finals appearances in a row, and two Kanga Cup grand finals. John was also a state rep, ACT Academy of Sport and first grade player for many years in the Canberra region and also represented the ACT in track and field athletics. We are delighted to have John back as a head coach for the 2020 season. John is looking forward to his role and hopes to continue to develop each player in all facets of the game both for the upcoming season and for their future transition into senior WNPL football.
Tony has been involved with sport from a young age. Playing soccer from aged seven with Belconnen until aged 10 – he was in an undefeated team in his last season. Being a Victorian Tony moved to play Australian Rules from under 11 – 17 in which he played 100 games with Belconnen Juniors, won premierships in under 14s, 15s and 17s ( as captain in the last 2). Tony also had a successful junior representative career playing for the ACT in under 13, 15 and 17s (2 years in a row) and under 23s. Not satisfied with just playing, Tony’s first role was in sport administration with AFL Canberra as the Coaching and Development Director for 5 years where he achieved level 3 coaching accreditation (the highest at the time). He continued to play Australian Rules with Belconnen senior team notching up 250 games with the Club, and being elected to the Board of the Club – which all resulted in Life Membership. He also played two games with the ACT senior representative team.
After working in Sydney for 7 years he returned to Canberra and has acted as an assist coach or runner for both senior and reserve grade teams with Belconnen from 2007 – 2009 and 2012 – 15 which resulted in 2 premierships and 3 grand finals.
He coached at Woden Valley Soccer Club from under 9 – 12 in 2013, 2014 and 2016 – with the under 12s finishing runners up. In recent years he has been assist coach for the Canberra Football Club under 13 in 2018 (made finals) and senior coach for the under 15s team in 2019 (just missed finals). He is currently completing his C License youth coaching course.
Patrick started coaching in 2014 at the Monaro FC summer academy and completed his Community coaching license in the same year. Since that time he has coached the U10s and U11s at Monaro FC.
In 2016 Patrick assisted with coaching at two FC Barcelona camps held in Canberra where he gained valuable experience from some of the best coaches at the Barcelona Academy.
In 2017 he joined Canberra FC and coached the U12 juniors’ team. Patrick was head coach for the U13NPL team in 2018 and has successfully completed his Senior C licence. His side reached the final in 2019 narrowly missing out on winning the grand final trophy after a penalty shootout.
John has an extensive history with the club as both a coach and player. His playing history includes representing Canberra FC at both junior & senior levels in the local competition and the NSW State League, ACT junior & senior representative teams along with playing abroad, and spending time in Europe with NK Sibenik in the Croatian 1st division. John has a proven track record in providing a positive and well structured environment to develop young footballers.
Over the last few years John has worked closely with the likes of Elliot Zwangobani and Daniel Jukic – both of whom have a decorated history with the club and notable playing experience at state and national level. Elliot and Daniel have coached at junior and youth level and in addition to local club football, past coaching roles between them include Canberra United Academy, National Youth League (Canberra FC) and FC Barcelona Escola Academy (Australia/New Zealand). We welcome John back to the club in 2020.
Relevant licences and qualifications across the group include FFA Youth C Licence, FFA Skills Acquisition Certificate, Australian Sports Commission Level 2 Coaching, as well as value add qualifications – Bachelor of Sports Management and Advanced Diploma in Sports Management.
Martin Asplund has been coaching Canberra FC WPL13 for the last three years, making the finals in each season and twice making the grand final in 2017 and 2019. Before moving to Canberra FC, Martin coached various girls’ teams at Woden Valley Soccer Club for five years, including winning the competition on two occasions as well as being heavily involved in the WVSC academy program. He has completed the skill training and game training certificates through Capital Football and is currently completing his youth C coaching license.
Martin’s coaching philosophy is all about player development in terms of technical skills and understanding of the game, both individually and as a team. He places particular emphasis on providing a supportive and inclusive atmosphere within the team to ensure that all players have a fun time while furthering their football skills together. Martin prides himself in that all of the teams he has coached have had a very strong bond and friendship within the playing group and as a result, have in every case over-performed relative to expectations.
Martin’s own playing career took place in Sweden and the USA. Progressing up through U18’s, he moved from being a lethal striker to a play-making midfielder to eventually ending his career as a (too small) defender. He has not (yet) represented Australia or Sweden and fears that this window may have now closed!