It is with great pleasure that Western Pride FC would like to introduce our new Senior Men’s head coach, Graham Harvey.
Taking over from former coach Karl Dodd prior to our Round 8 Playstation 4 National Premier League’s Queensland catch-up fixture against Sunshine Coast Fire FC, Graham has seamlessly transitioned into the head coach role; maintaining the ethos of player development that Karl and the club have this year strived to achieve.
Graham was kind enough to provide a brief history of his time in football, both first as a player and now as a coach.
“As a player I did my professional apprenticeship at Stevenage Borough in the UK. After this is I went on to play non-league football at Eastleigh and then moved to Australia where I played for Lions and Whitsunday Miners. I also had a brief spell in Singapore at Sengkang Punngol.”
“After playing for the Miners for two years I then become the Head Coach for two seasons. The club enjoyed some great success making finals football for the first time in season one and then in the second season making it all the way to the grand final only to lose to the Sunshine Coast on penalties.”
“I then had one year at the Brisbane Strikers as assistant coach to David Large and then returned to the UK for the last 18 months, where I worked at Loughborough University with Stuart McClaren (former Strikers & NQ fury coach) and also with academies at Rotherham, Leicester and Derby in various roles.”
“I have returned to Australia as my wife is pregnant with our first child due in November so we felt from a personal perspective now was the right time to come back to Australia.”
“I have kept in touch with Karl since we completed our Licenses together in 2013, and when he offered me the opportunity to take over from him I jumped at the chance.”
“Since I have arrived I have been impressed with the work Karl has done from the technical department; he has left the club in good shape. I have also been truly amazed at the amount of support and volunteers the club has. There are so many dedicated volunteers sacrificing a lot of time and effort to ensure this club builds into the representative pathway.”
“I am looking forward to pushing the young first team squad to achieve the potential in the game whilst building a club that truly represents this region. This is not just a club this is a pathway for all of the Western Corridor’s young aspiring footballers and I hope to assist in giving them more opportunities to play at a high level.”