Men’s Senior Coach – Simon Pasinati
My coaching career (Level 2 AFL Coach accredited) has taken me on a journey spanning more than 10 years across community and VFL levels. Spent 5 years at VFL level between Casey and Northern Blues, holding the Head Development Coach role at both Casey and Northern Blues then promoted to VFL defensive line coach at Northern Blues.
In season 2019 I was fortunate enough to be part of the West Preston Lakeside Premiership winning team that took the honours in the top tier of the Northern Football League, after a disastrous 0 – 6 start to the season.
Bringing a coaching philosophy centring on care, planning and energy with a heavy focus on education, skill acquisition and conditioning as key components of an elite football programme. Fostering a caring Club environment where players feel appreciated and belong, empowering the players to drive our standards in line with club values and team pillars is a key to our sustained success going forward.
Men’s Development Team Coach – Lewis Chiodo
With a long standing involvement in football in playing and coaching on many levels, Lewie’s major objective and passion is to evolve and develop our group of players on and off the field and to achieve their potential as footballers and as people.
Early beginnings in the VFA and MPNFL gave way to an Australian and international music career. A return to the game included more recently a premiership player/ coach at Old Geelong and player/ coach at Marcellin.
With study in David Whedon’s Next Coach program, in conjunction with AFL level 2 accreditation, Lewie’s passion and thinking for the game and the people involved on all levels will bring great energy, enthusiasm and experience to our group and develop players to be ready and blossom for senior football.
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, with 2019 a topsy turvy season on the results front the squad is looking to rebound and find consistency in 2020.
Under 19s Coach – Keith Pereira
We welcome back Keith for his third year involved with the Under 19s at Old Carey and his first year as Coach. Having been a player, Club Committee member and former Under 19 Coach at Old Caulfield Grammarians, Keith joined the club in 2018 in the role of Assistant Coach to good friend and now OC President Jeremy Dickson. He brings a passion and enthusiasm for the game, an acute focus on player development and a love of the contest to the group.
Having been a part of the 2018 Under 19 OC Premiership, Keith is looking forward to continuing the progress of the Under 19s in Premier Division and buoyant about the prospects of this talented young group in 2020.
Under 19s Assistant Coach – Damian Stoney
Damian joins the club in 2020 and brings an enormous amount of football experience to his role as Assistant Coach. Dame was on the Hawthorn playing list for a number of years and also has a long association with Old Xavs in the VAFA during a period of sustained success in ‘A’ grade.
He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and particularly a deep understanding about what is required to play amateur football at the top level. As a defender that has played on some of the biggest names i football he will also be invaluable in looking after the Under 19 defensive group.
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.