QPL, NPL Youth & SAP/Academy Coaches

We are always on the look-out for coaches whether they be new to the role or experienced.

We offer a personalised and mentored pathway to ensure that all coaches gain real-world experience whilst helping them work through the varying levels of coach education.  Coaches will be assigned to club teams based on their experience and will be assisted to ensure they learn how to coach a club team following the club’s youth development pathway and in line with the club’s culture, mission, and vision.  Financial assistance will be made available to coaches to help them with accreditation costs.

Please contact office@hphawksfc.com.au or footballdirector@hphawksfc.com.au if you wish to join our coaching team.

Mark Boyd

Club Football Director (TD)

AFC A Licence

AFC C Youth Licence

FFA Course Presenter

BA Sports and Exercise Science

Mark has a wealth of professional experience having been involved in football in a full-time professional capacity for over 25 years.  Mark has been involved in the National Premier Leagues program in Queensland since FFA’s inception of the concept, as TD at Brisbane City FC, Eastern Suburbs WNPL, Cairns FC, and a short stint at the Brisbane Strikers.  As a player, Mark was a State Representative at all levels from under 14s through to senior and he was a scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra.  After a short time in the old National League with Brisbane City FC Mark ventured overseas to play with the Crusaders FC in the UK and Linfield FC in Northern Ireland.  Mark has held full-time Regional Coaching and Development Manager roles with Football Queensland in Townsville, Cairns, and Brisbane.  Assistant State Coaching and Development Manager with FQ and he worked in the NT as their State TD while serving on FFA’s National Technical Staff.  During his involvement with FFA Mark was responsible for the initial concepts, rules, research, and regional testing of the current games we now play in our U6-U11 modified playing ranks in MiniRoos.  Mark established the Central Coast of NSW as an integrated centre for player development with the establishment of Central Coast Lightning and Central Coast Thunder Rep Programs playing in both NSW and NNSW State League competition streams and as part of this helped build relationships with Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.  As a Coach Educator Mark has coached thousands of coaches at all levels from the basic MiniRoos grassroots through to the advanced coaching streams including the AFC A Licence.

Danny Gnjidic

First Mens

Holds a B-License.  Currently working toward his AFC A License.

Jeremy Janes

U18 NPL Coach

Holds a C License.  Is currently part-way through his B Licence.

Jeremy has been coaching football across Queensland and NSW for over 30 years. Commencing in Rockhampton he was the inaugural coach for the Rockhampton Soccer Academy ( together with John Reid current TD at Southside Eagles), coaching local junior and youth sides through Berserker and Frenchville clubs (showing his age Jeremy coached the current FFA CEO when u10 at the academy).  Jeremy coached regional and state representative teams while in Rockhampton while studying Information Technology at University.  Also in Rockhampton, he obtained his Level 3 coaching certificate including human movement accreditation.

Moving to Sydney in the early 90’s Jeremy continued to focus on representative level coaching at national league club Ku-Ring-Gai in the northern suburbs. Returning to Queensland he continued to coach at Mt Gravatt Hawks in the late 90’s and had a short break until both his sons were old enough to play and retook up coaching at Wynnum Wolves.  Becoming the development coach at Wolves and then returning to Mt Gravatt becoming the Director of Development for a period of time.

Jeremy has been with Holland Park Hawks for 6 seasons and is keenly focused on development across all ages of football.  Whether that be preparing players for representative teams, developing them for the rigours of a professional career, or just as importantly ensuring they maintain a lifelong love of the game regardless of their level.  Both Jeremy’s sons remain connected to the game, one being a futsal referee and the eldest a senior NPL referee.  Jeremy’s philosophy is built on individual development and team cohesion and thoroughly believes football is a metaphor for life experiences that prepares players as people.

Jason Powell

U16 NPL Coach

U12 SAP Coach

SAP Coordinator

Holds a C License.  Is currently working towards his B License.

Jason is highly recognised and sought after as a youth development coach with a great eye for talent identification and maximising player potential.

Jason began his love for the sport at the ripe old age of 5 and “has had football flowing in his veins ever since”.  Throughout his career, Jason played football and futsal at all representative levels including a national youth representation for futsal until his career was ended to a severe knee injury at 18.  Luckily for Jason, his interest in the game already extended beyond being just a player.  Jason had already completed some coaching badges and found himself as an Assistant Head Coach at the State Titles at 16 years old.  His injury coincided with his completion of a University Degree and he made the brave decision to move from ‘the sticks’ to the city.  After relocation and recovery, he got back into coaching at his then local club, St Helens/Coalstars in Ipswich, and two weeks after starting as youth team coach he found himself not only assisting the first-team coach but also playing in the starting first team!  A few weeks later he found himself trialling at Brisbane Strikers FC but he quickly realised that his knee wasn’t up to it and had to pull out, that same team went on to win the NSL a couple of years later.  Devastated by not being able to play competitively anymore Jason took a few years out of the game.  Since his return, Jason has worked his way through the various advanced licenses gaining experience in both male and female football.

With his wide-ranging experiences managing and successfully harnessing the many differences between country/city and male/female football and some 25 years of general coaching Jason took the opportunity to coach State girls and boys teams at the National Youth Championships over the past 4 years and hopes to do so again in 2020.

Jason has also extended his passion for player development by becoming an accredited FFA Coaching Instructor so he can continue his obsessive desire to develop better players through the development of quality coaches.

Juan Blanco

U15 NPL Coach

Holds a C License.  Is currently working towards his B License.

Amir Kasa

U13 NPL Coach

U11 SAP Coach

Holds a C Youth License, a C Senior Youth License and a Diploma of Sport Development

As a young footballer, Amir admits that he often struggled to understand the game and it is in part, this that has led him into coaching.  He is passionate about football and is extremely ambitious in his pursuit of excellence as a coach.  Amir started out as a community football coach whilst working towards a C License accreditation which ultimately resulted in him finding the opportunity to work in the FQPL program in 2019 with the Holland Park Hawks FC U15 team.  As a C Youth and C Senior License holder, Amir has also completed his Diploma of Sport Development in a bid to build up his knowledge base and progress further on his coaching journey.  Amir’s hobbies include reading, movies, and family.  He is also interested in philosophy and mindfulness and works hard to incorporate these two things into his coaching delivery.

Gary Southgate

Assistant U16 NPL Youth Team Coach

Experienced Coach working towards C License

Gary started playing football at 5 years old.  He played at Epping FC in the Premier League winning the Champions of Champions for several years and went on to obtain selection into the Gladesville Hornsby Representative side at age 10, the NSW State Side at 12 playing at the Australian Titles and at 13 he played in the Ku-ring-gai Utd Rep team in the state league juniors.  At 15 Gary moved to Blacktown City FC where he was coached by Rale Rasic, the ex-Socceroo Coach.  Gary ran youth camps for 7 years and played indoor and futsal during this time.  Returning to Newcastle, Gary played at Edgeworth Eagles in the NBN State League followed by Wallsend FC Northern NSW 2HD League 1st Grade where he also coached U19s for many years.  More recently Gary moved down to inter-district level playing in the firsts and coaching the reserves.

Gary moved to Brisbane in 2017 and this year joined our U16 NPL Youth Squad as an Assistant Coach.  Gary loves coaching and developing youth teams.  Having been a striker he also has a specific passion for teaching players to finish well and stay on target.  Whilst Gary has no formal qualification in coaching (quoting Gary - ‘this is a modern thing’) he has many years of experience and we look forward to him working with us and mentoring him through his official coaching accreditation journey.

Michael Frederiksen

U10 SAP Coach

Experienced Coach working towards C License

Greg Corbette

U9 SAP Coach

Experienced Coach working towards C Licence

Greg's playing career saw him reach a semi-professional level in the USA, he now enjoys community football.  He started his coaching path in the Caribbean and coached youth and women's soccer at College Level.  In 2018 Greg coached BPWL in Brisbane.  Greg loves coaching and has done it all in the last 25 years from youth development to senior women and men.  His philosophy is to train each player to believe in themselves and their ability.  His goals are to encourage players to push themselves to their full potential while also enjoying themselves.  Greg works to get players to see the fun in football and the joy and benefits of training hard to become the player they wish to be.

John Weatherby

U10/11 Academy Coach

Experienced Coach working towards C Licence

Alex Accini

U9 Academy Assistant Coach

Nicholas Flannery

Assistant U9 SAP Coach

Skills Training Certificate

Nic began his footballing journey at the age of 5 at AC Carina FC in Brisbane.  Nic progressed into the U10 Komodo Team at the Hawks FC and into the Super Youth League at age 12/13.  Nic was selected for the QPL U14 team in 2018 and forms part of the re-named NPL Youth League U16 Team as an attacking midfielder.  Nic joined the Cav Road Football Academy in grade 7 and competed as goalkeeper in the Bill Turner Trophy in 2019.  Nic is a Level 4 Referee with numerous matches under his belt and has started on his coaching accreditation pathway holding a Skills Training Certificate.  Nic has coached the mini roos u4/5 age group for the last 3 years and is now working with the U9 SAP Team.

Samuel Flannery

U10 SAP Assistant Coach

Sam began playing at AC Carina in Brisbane aged 4.  Sam moved to Holland Park Hawks FC at age 8 playing in the Komodo squad at U9/U10 moving into SAP for U11/U12 and QPL at U13.  He currently plays centre-mid and/or centre-back as part of the renamed NPL Youth League U14 squad and also in the Cav Road Football Academy although he enjoys playing all positions including goalkeeper when required.  Sam started his coaching journey with the U6 Real-Madrid Team in 2019 and is now working with the U10 SAP Team.  Sam is also a Level 4 Referee.  Sam enjoys coaching younger players and is looking forward to continuing his coaching journey at the Hawks FC.