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, our strong relationships with the Bentleigh Football Senior Club and Bentleigh Auskick Centre have produced coaches throughout our boys and girls age groups helping with retaining players, providing a connection beyond the juniors as well as growing a strong player base in our under 8-10 age groups that provides a good foundation for the club.

Our current focus in recruiting coaches is to see more younger people become involved with the Club who aspire to leadership positions whether as Head Coach or Assistants. In addition, we will always encourage parents to be involved in coaching roles and past coaches as mentors.

All Coaches are required to be accredited, sign a Coaching Code of Conduct and will be given opportunity by the Club to online resources, coach forums and coaching expertise.

Our club policy of having Coaches coach a maximum of three (3) years tenure will be reviewed in 2019 with a view to making it two (2) years. The Club wants to ensure players are exposed to different coaching styles, different personalities, different coaching methods/structures and 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.

We are also maintaining our approach that emphasises strong succession planning for our coaches. We see the ability to have more coaches than fewer is 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 2019.

Club Coach Coordinator : Paul Nankervis

Assistant Coaching Coordinator : Adam Courtney

Girls Coordinator : Karen Griffiths

Auskick Coordinator: Kate Birrell/Shaun Frazer

UNDER 8 SAM PARKINSON Parko30121977@gmail.com
UNDER 9 RED ANDREW GOLDFINCH andrewgoldfinch1963@gmail.com
UNDER 9 BLUE DEAN CRAWFORD deancrawf@gmail.com
UNDER 10 MATT WILKS mattw@harrythehirer.com.au
UNDER 10 GIRLS MAT BURGESS mat.burgess@visy.com.au
UNDER 11 RED JOHN WARREN john@warrenphotography.com.au
UNDER 11 BLUE RYAN FISHLOCK ryan_fishlock@yahoo.com.au
UNDER 12 ROB REIDY robertjreidy@gmail.com
UNDER 12 GIRLS JAMES MORGAN james.morgan@team.telstra.com.au
UNDER 13 PETER HIGGINBOTHAM epempeter@yahoo.com.au
UNDER 14 GIRLS CATHERINE MARTIN catherine.martin17@hotmail.com
UNDER 14 JEFF DE CINQUE jeff.decinque@ancorloc.com.au
UNDER 15 MICK LAWRENCE lawrencemandc@bigpond.com
UNDER 16 GIRLS DECLAN REEVE reevedeclan@gmail.com
UNDER 16 BEN MCKINSTRY bkinstry30@gmail.com
UNDER 17 LIAM DIMATTINA dimattina.liam@gmail.com

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28 APRIL 2019
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.
To assist with team planning we need you to register ASAP. 
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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