Men’s Senior Coach – Michael (Taz) Tarrant

This is Michael’s 7th Year at Old Carey FC and he has provided many highlights. Taz brings enthusiasm, passion and life to the senior playing group. He began his playing career at Vermont FC and Blackburn FC in the EFL. His coaching career has extended across Blackburn 2years, Forest Hill 3years, Old Carey U19’s 3years (won the premiership) and Old Carey Seniors 4years.

 

Men’s Reserves Coach – Sam Hassett

Sam is a proud life member of our club – having been honoured with this status in 2016 for his many years of service on the committee and on the field.

Sam (a Carey 2000 Leaver) has given some 10 years of playing time to the club, commencing with the 2008 season. The tenure includes a Club XVIII premiership in 2011, 5years+ as Club Secretary and now a third year of coaching the Reserves team.

Since assuming the Reserves Coaching role for the 2017 season the Reserves have appeared in finals in both 2017 and 2018. The Reserves were deprived of success for lengthy periods in the decade prior to that and despite a step up in grade remain buoyant about a strong performance in 2019.

 

Thirds Coach – David (Pokie) Pocock

Dave has a passion for player development and loves the opportunity to spend time working with young players, helping them to improve skills, but more importantly, understand how to play the game and think through tough, match situations. With more experienced players, he gets joy by finding out what motivates them to play football and helping them enjoy that and be successful.

Dave was a Carey Grammar student from 1993 – 2002 and after school, spent the majority of his 15 years of his senior footballing life playing reserves football at various clubs in the VAFA, he was part of Fitzroy Reds first ever Under 19’s side who made finals in their first season in 2003 and has since played at Kew, Fitzroy Reds, East Keilor (EDFL) & Richmond Centrals before returning home to the Old Carey Panthers in 2012 where he played 2’s & 3’s for a few years before taking the reigns as 3rds coach in 2016.

As Thirds coach, Dave had the thankless task of re-building a squad after a number of player retirements and filling the massive shoes of Ian ‘Ocka’ England, finishing bottom of the table 2 years in a row before winning through to a Grand Final in 2018, the team missed out on the win by just 10 points on the day, but the squad is looking strong for 2019 and the future of Thirds footy looks strong, which is important as it adds depth to a Premiere Grade club.

 

Under 19s Coach – Jeremy Dickson

A massive passion for the game and a strong focus on individual player development. Football education is a primary consideration. Several years of junior coaching including 2 x U15 YJFL Representative VIC Metropolitan Carnival premierships (2017,18).
Coach of the 2018 VAFA Under 19 Section 2 Old Carey premiership.

 

Women’s team coach – Brad Cronin

Brad played for Marcellin in the VAFA for approximately 11 years playing just over 150 games. He played in 6 finals series and won 3 premierships in a row. Brad was awarded Best afield in 1998 B grade grand final and was in the big V squad in his first year of Under 19s in 1994. Brad was awarded a position on the field in the Marcellin team of the decade in the 1990’s.

Brad then moved over to Old Carey in 2015 under Glenn Cox as the strength and conditioning coach and the senior teams’ runner,. Brad did this role for 3 years before becoming an assistant to Greg Harding in 2018 to the Women’s team, which he now co-coaches with Emily Avery.

 

Women’s team coach – Emily Avery

My football story is different to most as I could only play up until a certain age.  I played football with the boys at Geelong Grammar until I was 13 and have always been passionate about the sport. I was part of the team who helped build the Old Carey women’s team and create a positive culture built on constant learning, integrity, commitment and fun. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in three years. I was Assistant Coach to Greg Harding in our inaugural season in 2017 and in 2018 and am humbled to be Co-Head Coach with Brad for the 2019 season.
 
I have been coaching various sports for more than 8 years including working as a personal trainer for the last 7 years. I also coordinate the strength and conditioning program for the women’s team. I am extremely passionate about football and am thrilled that females now have an opportunity to play the sport competitively. My coaching vision for Old Carey women’s team is to educate and work with our players to develop their skills and abilities, but also to provide a platform for the girls to be a part of a positive football community at Old Carey Football Club.