Valeri Stoimenov – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Master’s Degree in Coaching & Physical Education 
  • Strength & Conditioning Level 2 
  • Athletics Level 3 Sprints, Hurdles & Relays
  • Weightlifting Level 1 
  • Bendigo South East College 
  • Bendigo Spirit 
  • Chinese Women’s Basketball Team High Performance Manager 
  • Chinese National Swimming Team 
  • Australian National Bobsleigh & Badminton Team 
  • AFL S&C Coach 
  • European Handball Senior and Development Coach

Playing Experience 

  • Professional European Handball player for 10 years

Youth Coaching Philosophy

  • There is reason for everything we do and the preparation completed determines the results made

Poppy Blanch (Strength and Conditioning)

Coaching Qualifications: 

  • Latrobe Masters of Exercise Science & Physiology – Current
  • ADP Alumni

Playing Experience:

  • Bendigo Braves BigV Basketball Youth Championship women’s team 

Piece of advice been given to you or from you: 

  • Continue to work hard when no one is watching 

Chris Hogan (Basketball) – ADP Teacher & Coach

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 2 Basketball Coach
  • Over 15 years Coaching 

Playing Experience:

  • Two time Championship winner w’ Bendigo Braves – SEABL
  • 20 year playing career with Bendigo Braves
  • One of 5 players to reach a 400 game milestone within the SEABL & NBL1 for Bendigo Braves.

Further Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) 
  • Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Youth Coaching Philosophy

  • A consistent emphasis of skill development and individuality leads to confident, well-rounded and life-long participants in their chosen sport.

Kelly Wilson (Basketball)

Coaching Experience/Qualifications:

Playing Experience:

Further Qualifications:

Youth Coaching Philosophy:

Piece of advice: 


David Flint (Basketball)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 2 Association Coach
  • Bendigo Braves – Head Coach 
  • Bendigo Braves – Player/Coach 
  • East Perth – Player/Coach
  • Ballarat Miners – Head Coach 
  • Ballarat Rush – Head Coach 
  • NITP – Head Coach 
  • Vic Country – Assistant Coach

Playing Experience 

  • 319 Games played for the Bendigo Braves (1987 to 2000), 
  • Selected as a player into the SEABL “Team of the Decade” 

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • “Never pick and choose when you want to play hard, be a complete player, make the other players on the court around you better by how you play and always be a great teammate as you never know who is watching you play”

Stephen Black (Basketball)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • 5 years SBL (WA) Head Coach Willetton Tigers
  • 1 year QBL (Qld) Head Coach South West Pirates
  • 1 year assistant coach NBL Gold Coach Blaze
  • Current coach NBL1 Bendigo Braves

Playing Experience 

  • 297 NBL Games (Perth Wildcats, Brisbane Bullets, Cairns Taipans)
  • 2 time NBL Champion
  • SBL 2002 Leader in average points and assists

Further Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning
  • Cert IV Fitness

Youth Coaching Philosophy

  • Maximum engagement for skill development and small sided gameplay to apply

Piece of advice been given to you or from you 

  • You are what you consistently do

Andy Buchanan (Athletics – Middle distance) – ADP Teacher & Coach

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 3 Middle-Long Distance Athletics Coach 
  • Level 1 ASAC Coach. 
  • Over 10 years in coaching a range of different athletes including, Junior National Champions and multiple State Champions

Experience:

  • Australian World Half Marathon Team 2020
  • 2x Australian Cross Country Champion (2017, 2018)
  • Athletics Victoria 1500m, 5000m, Cross Country State Champion
  • 2nd place Oceanian 5000m 2019

Further Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Education: Physical and Outdoor Education

Piece of advice been given to you or from you: 

  • Enjoy and celebrate the highs/achievements

Terry Hicks (Athletics)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 3 Jumps Coach 
  • Level 2 Sprints & Throws Coach
  • 15 Years Athletics Coach, Multi Event Record Holder – Multiple and Multiple National Medallists – Coached
  • 18 Years President of Eaglehawk Aths and Club & 10 Year GM and Secretary of Bendigo Aths

Youth Coaching Philosophy

  • To get the best out of athletes and to ensure enjoyment at athletics

Carol Cathcart (Netball)

Coaching Experience/Qualifications

  • High Performance Coach Accreditation
  • AFL Central Victoria Academy, 2016-current
  • Various sessions coaching at state team, state squad and zone academy trainings in current and in previous years
  • Mentor for Victorian State 17/U and 19/U coaches through selection and trainings/games, 2020 and 2021
  • Australian 21/U Selector, 2020 and 2021
  • North Central Region 17/U Coach, 2019 and 2015
  • Australian 21/U Coach, 2011-2013
  • Melbourne Vixens Assist Coach, 2008-2011
  • Victorian Fury Coach, 2008-2010
  • Other roles include – Phoenix Assist Coach, Orioles Coach, WA Open State Team Coach, Victorian 17/U and Open State Team Coach, Australian Institute of Sport, Victorian Netball League and local Football Netball League teams

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • To me – Be the best you can be!

Lauren Bowles (Netball) – ADP Teacher & Coach

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 2 Netball Coach
  • Accreditation in Development
  • A Grade Coach of White Hills Netball Club HDFNL 2017 – Current

Playing Experience:

  • Over 10 years playing A Grade at Kangaroo Flat Netball Club BFNL
  • Two time premiership winner at Kangaroo Flat Netball Club BFNL
  • Premiership winner at White Hills HDFNL 2016
  • Interleague Representative for BFNL 2008
  • Betty Thompson Medal in the BFNL best and fairest in 2008
  • Captained White Hills in the HDFNL in 2016 & won the club’s best and fairest and was selected as an Interleague Representative for HDFNL.

Further Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Education

Youth Coaching Philosophy

  • My aim is to create an environment that encourages players to feel comfortable to learn and take on challenges to improve personal performance whilst maintaining enjoyment.

Jayden Cowling (Netball)

Coaching Experience/Qualifications

  • Level 3 (Intermediate Coaching Accreditation)
  • BFNL A Grade Coach Kangaroo Flat 2016 – Current
  • BFNL Open & U17 Head Coach Representative teams

Playing Experience 

  • National Men’s Netball Representative 2012 – current
  • State Men’s Netball Representative 2010 – current

Youth Coaching Philosophy 

  • To allow for the athletes to be in the positive environment of wanting to learn and to take on the challenges that may put you out of your comfort zone. But making sure you enjoy what you do on and off the court.

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • Do the extras when no one is watching because they are noticed.

Emma Grant (AFL) – ADP Teacher & Coach

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 3 AFL Coach
  • AFLW Richmond Development Coach
  • Next Coach Program Participant
  • Bendigo Pioneers Assistant Coach Under 19 Boys and Girls
  • Vic Country Assistant Coach Under 19 Girls
  • Vic Metro Head Coach Under 18 Girls
  • Vic Metro Head Coach Under 16 Girls

Playing Experience:

  • Former AFLW & VFLW player for Collingwood FC
  • Melbourne FC (Exhibition Games)
  • Diamond Creek VFLW
  • Bendigo Thunder

Further Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Physical and Outdoor Education

Youth Coaching Philosophy 

  • Centred around player development; providing a positive learning environment to allow each individual to grow as a person and as a player.

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • Every training session is an opportunity for you to get better – don’t waste it – make the most of it!

Dean Sheldrick (AFL)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 2 AFL Coach
  • Playing Coach Latrobe University Football Club (2007 – 2010)
  • Bendigo Pioneers Development coach (2014 – Present)
  • Vic Country Under 16’s Line Coach (2017 – 2018)

Playing Experience:

  • VAFA  1999 – 2012

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • Failure = Feedback
  • Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end!

Danny O’Bree (AFL)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 3 AFL Coach
  • Bendigo Pioneers Head Coach 
  • Central Vic Academy Coach

Further Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Teaching

Playing Experience: 

  • VCFL Representative 
  • Interleague Representative 
  • 16 Years Senior Experience

Youth Coaching Philosophy: 

  • Enjoy the challenge of being the best you can be.

Darryl Wilson (AFL)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 2 AFL Coach
  • Bendigo Bombers (VFL)
  • Strathfieldsaye Football Club (BFNL)
  • Kangaroo Flat Football Club (BFNL) 
  • Colbinabbin Football Club (HDFL)

Playing Experience:

  • Colbinabbin Football Club (HDFL) with senior premiership 

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • Never dwell on the past as you can’t change what’s behind you only what’s in front of you

Travis Colley (Cricket)

Coaching Experience/Qualifications

  • Level 2 Cricket Coach
  • Current Coach of SSV 12&U Cricket  
  • Former Regional Cricket Manager of Northern Rivers Region

Playing Experience

  • White Hills A Grade (BDCA)

Further Qualifications 

  • Primary PE Teaching

Youth Coaching Philosophy 

  • To provide a positive, challenging and supportive environment for all players

Tony Marasco (Cricket)

Coaching Qualifications/Experience: 

  • Cricket Australia level 2 accredited. 
  • Cricket Victoria Northwest Metro pathways coach for 10 years.

Playing/ Competing Experience: 

  • 1st XI Premier Cricket (Nth Melbourne),
  • Captain/Coach South Ringwood, Craigieburn and Moonee Valley cricket clubs.

Youth Coaching Philosophy: 

  • I aim to provide a learning environment that is enjoyable.

Piece of advice been given to you or from you: 

  • Do the work when the cameras aren’t on. This determines the good from the great.

Louise McColl (Football)

Coaching Qualifications 

  • AFC A Licence (Pending assessment) 
  • AFC B & C Licence
  • FA Level One coaching badge, England
  • Football Australia Advanced Pathway C Licence Instructor Certificate, 2019
  • Football Australia Advanced Pathway B Licence Instructor Certificate, 2021 – Current

Coaching Experience

  • ADP Football Program Coach, 2020 – Head Coach, 2021 – Current
  • Melbourne Victory Elite Girls Program Head Coach, 2021 – Current
  • Bendigo Amateur Soccer Rep Squad League Technical Director and League Coach Education Officer, 2018 – Current
  • NTC Assistant at the Coffs Harbour National Youth Championships (Girls), 2016 – 2017 
  • Bendigo City U12/U13 Head Coach, 2016 – 2017
  • Bendigo City FC Boys SAP Co-ordinator and Head Coach of junior development program, 2015
  • Bendigo City FC Girls SAP Program Head Coach, 2014
  • Strathdale Soccer Club Junior Boys Coach, 2008 – 2014 

Awards

  • Football Australia Community Female Coach of the year – 2019

Playing Experience

  • Warrington Town Ladies FC (Northern League 1) 2004 – 2008
  • Bendigo Vipers (VPL) 2008 – 2011
  • Colts United (BASL) 2008 – Present 

Further Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Primary Education – 3rd year

Advice I have been given

  • Take the opportunities that feel right, and give it your best.

Mitchell Graham (Football)

Coaching Experience/Qualifications

  • Australian C-License
  • Overnewton Secondary College – Coach

Playing Experience 

  • Australia U20 Representative
  • Melbourne City FC 2016-2020
  • ADP Alumni

Further Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences – Current

Piece of advice been given to you or from you:

  • It doesn’t matter how good you are, you’ll go nowhere if you don’t work hard.

Jorge Gero (Soccer)

Coaching qualifications:

  • AFC A Licence (Pending assessment)
  • AFC B & C Licence

Coaching experience: 

  • Football Victoria Talent Identification Development Coach (TIDC Coach)
  • Football Victoria Skill Acquisition Phase Coach (SAP Coach)
  • Football Victoria Coach Education Instructor 
  • Nunawading City FC senior men’s assistant
  • Caroline Springs George Cross FC Technical Director
  • Melbourne City FC Academy Coach

Playing experience:

  • Bentleigh Greens SC – Victorian Premier League Senior men (VPL)
  • Bentleigh Greens SC – Victorian Premier League U21 men (VPL)
  • Bentleigh Greens SC – National Youth League (NYL)

Further qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Coaching

Coaching philosophy:

  • Every player is different. Understanding and connecting with each individual is key to successful development. 

Piece of advice: 

  • Persistence and perseverance knows no failure

Rik McCaig (Cycling) – ADP Teacher & Coach

Coaching Qualifications/Experience 

  • Level 2 Road & Track Cycling 
  • Level 1 Strength & Conditioning
  • Combined 30 years experience competing and coaching at a National and International level

Competing Experience:

  • Competed nationally and throughout England, Europe and the USA

Further Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching

Youth Coaching Philosophy

  • Create good habits

Piece of advice been given to you or from you: 

  • Quality and consistent preparation will lead to consistent training, form and performance