Australian football legend Steve O’Connor appointed to Wolves coaching staff.
The club has secured the services of one of Australian football’s greats, Mr Steve O’Connor as under 20’s coach for the upcoming 2020 season.
Steve has enjoyed an illustrious career in Australian football. His CV includes the following achievements:-
Professional Playing Career
• 288 National League Appearances
• 44 Socceroos appearances between 1981 -1986
• Sydney City Soccer Club – 5 National Championships
• 1986 – 1988 – St. George Soccer Club, 1 National Championship
• 1988 – 1989 APIA Leichhardt
• Central Coast Mariners – Academy/Youth Coach 2018-2019
• Hills Footbal Inc. – Technical Director and Coach 2018-2019
• Sydney Hills Football Association – Technical Director 2016
• Sutherland Sharks FC - Head Coach, 2014 - 2015
• National Technical Director, Hong Kong Football Association 2012 - 2014
• Technical Director/Youth Team Coach, Academy Director, Sydney FC 2008 – 2010
• National U/23 Assistant coach on a number of occassions in World Cup Qualifiers
• National U/20 Coach, 2007 - 2008, Assistant - 2000 – 2006
• National U/17 Assistant Coach – World Cup Auckland 1999. Australia lost the final to Brazil on penalties.
• FFA 2006 World Cup Scout - South American Opponents - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina
• Head Coach/Program Manager, Australian Institute of Sport Football Program, 1995 - 2008
• NSW Technical Director, Football NSW - 1993-1995
• Head Coach, New South Wales Institute of Sport 1993-1995
• World University Games Head Coach 1992 - Canada
• Assistant Coach, Australian Institute of Sport - 1990 – 1993
• Coached in over 150 international games through out Asia, South America and Europe.
During his 13 years in charge of the Australian Institute of Sport football program, Steve developed many of Australian football’s golden generation and is widely acknowledged to have had a significant influence on the careers of player such as Mark Viduka, Mark Bresciano, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Josip Skoko, Lucas Neill, John Aloisi, Craig Moore, Kevin Muscat, Simon Colosimo, Josh Kennedy, Carl Valeri et al and of course, our own Luke Wilkshire.
In a recent article, former Socceroo’s captain Craig Moore named Steve O’Connor as one of the biggest influences on his career during his formative years.
Luke Wilkshire said:- “Steve was in charge of the AIS when I attended as a 16 – 17 year old. He had a massive influence on my career and many other players who went on to become household names in Australian football and to have careers in the top leagues in Europe.
Steve has always been exceptional with young players and this is why we have brought him in. We view our under 20’s team and program to be very important to the future of our club and our region. The way Australian football is set up, players in this age group are at a crucial stage in their development and Steve will help develop these players.
Steve is a winner and will instil a mentality of hard work and persistence into these players, whilst at the same time, demanding they play in the style I want the whole club to play in.
I look forward to working closely with Steve and developing these players with a view to winning the league and having the players put pressure on our first team squad. I want to see these players break into the squad and become first team regulars.”
Steve O’Connor said:- “I am looking forward to working with Luke and at the club. In my talks with the club I was impressed with what they are trying to achieve both on and off the pitch. I worked with Luke during his time at the AIS and he obviously went on to have a great career. Now I get the chance to work alongside him and I am looking forward to that. I believe that I still have a lot to offer and I am also looking forward to developing the club’s young players.”