Our Coaches


The Bentleigh JFC has been extremely fortunate over many years to have had outstanding coaches. This has not only resulted in a successful performance on field, but through a coaching culture of inclusion and encouragement, the Club has benefitted from strong player retention as well.

As we continue to compete in a constantly changing League where footballers are faced with increased challenges every year, the BJFC considers that greater coaching support is required for all our coaches.

Recently, through strong relationships with our Auskick centre we have been fortunate as a club to see coaches coming through from their Auskick experience and this has helped us grow a strong player base in our under 8-10 age groups that provides a good foundation for the club.

In addition to our main coaching staff, we are gradually seeing more parents being involved in assistant coaching roles. This is fantastic and we hope will aid to solve a critical succession planning issue where coaches transition after their tenure is up.

BJFC also is in the midst of developing a coaching structure that includes senior players from the Bentleigh Football Club who are aspiring to learning the coaching role and we see this being of great benefit to both the longer term sustainability of our older teams and the Under 19's at Senior level.

As indicated above one of our club policies is for Coaches to have a maximum of three (3) years tenure coaching the same team. This is to ensure players are exposed to different coaching styles, different personalities, different coaching methods/structures and to ensure that players are given every opportunity to learn the full breadth of the game and ground positions and not be 'pigeon- holed' into one style of play. This is most important particulalry from U8-U12 and the Club views this as a key issue when appointing coaches and reviewing performance.

Junior football is about the learning phase of the game and our coaches are required to have this as a key priority. At BJFC winning is not a priority but being competitive and ensuring the players have fun is, especially in those younger age groups (up to U12) and any aspiring coach at BJFC must be aware of this club mantra.

From 2017, we will be taking an approach that emphasises strong succession planning for our coaches. We see the ability to have more coaches than fewer critical to the success of developing our players and our club culture.


 The Coaching Management structure at Bentleigh JFC is as follows:

Coach Appointments

Congratulations to all the new coaches for 2018.

Coach Coordinator (Boys): Paul Nankervis

Coach Coordinator (Girls): Karen Griffiths

Auskick Coordinator: Andrew Goldfinch


Team Coach
Under 8 Maroon Andrew Goldfinch
Under 8 Yellow Dean Crawford
Under 9 Green Matt Wilks
Under 9 Yellow David Ratner
Under 10 Girls Maroon James Morgan
Under 10 Red John Warren
Under 10 Blue  Darren Postlethwaite 
Under 10 Maroon Russell Englander
Under 11 Bronze Rob Reidy
Under 11 Howard John Howard
Under 12 Girls Green David McNamara
Under 12 Maroon Sam Trainor
Under 13 Div 3 Andrew Dowsing
Under 14 Div 2 Michael Lawrence
Under 14 Girls Div 2 Nicole DeVries
Under 15 Div 2 Ben Mckinstry
Under 16 Girls Div 1 Stuart Sim
Under 16 Div 2 Liam Dimattina
Under 17 Div 2 Mick Smith
Under 18 Girls Div 1 Tim Rossiter














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15 APRIL 2018
Our fee schedule is available on our 'Things you need to know' page.
If you have any queries please contact the club registrar at registrarbentleighjfc@gmail.com
If you are looking to transfer to the Bentleigh Junior Football Club, please contact the Registrar to arrange a transfer form.
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We wish to thank the efforts of all volunteers associated with the teams with special thanks to those who have put their hands up for umpiring, team manager, coaching, first aid and runners.


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