ECU add Scanlan to their coaching staff

ECU add Scanlan to their coaching staff

Posted on November 12, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have appointed former Perth Glory performance Analyst/Sport Scientist Mark Scanlan as the clubs High Performance Manager.

The 26-year-old (Right with Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou) will bring a wealth of experience in the game to the club and he said he can’t wait to get going. “I’m extremely excited to join ECU, and I’m very grateful to the club for creating the position for me. I see the club as a sleeping giant of the NPL and I can’t wait to start, the club has big ambition and is looking to raise the bar in terms of its professionalism,” he explained. “I think I can bring a modern approach to our preparation, I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced a professional football environment through various internship positions with Glory.  “

Scanlan has an impressive CV and has worked with some of the best coaches in Australia. “I’ve been lucky to have been taught by some of the best Sports Scientists in the business, for instance, I had Dr Darren Burgess (Port Adelaide, Liverpool, Socceroos) as a tutor during my undergrad studies, I’ve been taught analysis by Ron Smith (Socceroos analyst for 10 years),” he explained. “I’ve had a taste of the elite development pathway with Glory NPL 15′s and 16′s as well as the 14′s State team which I really loved. I think I can offer fresh ideas, I aspire to be the best I can be. I’m completing my Masters by Research in Sports Science at ECU so I’m constantly learning and trying to apply that knowledge.”

He will hit the ground running, literally, when he oversees the pre-season as the club look to turn last season’s form around, and he will also keep tabs on the academy set up at the club to. “Keeping the players fit is my number one priority, if I can get them into the best shape possible and keep them on the pitch for a majority of the games then I’ve done my job. It’s up to Dale, Toughy and Steve to take care of the football side of things,” he said. “I’m aware of the clubs history in producing players, which is second to none. At the moment there are no formal plans for me to be involved with coaching but I could help out if needed – I’m completing my B licence next year because I still love coaching and working with young players.”

ECU committee member Steve Amphlett believes by bringing Scanlan into the club, will give them an edge on most teams. “After speaking to Mark and looking at the qualities he brings to our football club, there are exciting times ahead,” he said. “We are determined to have no stones unturned to bring success to the club and we have shown this in the recruitment of not only Mark, but the calibre of players we are bringing in, and there is more to come. We are determined to raise the professionalism on and off the pitch, and we all believe were heading in the right direction.”

Scanlan played the game as a youngster but that ended after a serious injury. “I’m a Gosnells City man; I was a half decent young player (Ressies captain in my teens) but suffered terrible luck with injuries. A lot of them were growth related, I must have had 7-8 serious injuries before retiring at 19 after my knee reconstruction,” he explained. “It was actually during my rehab that I started to look for answers as to why it had happened to me so I decided to go study and 7 years later I’m still here. It sounds cliché but football is my life, I knew I wasn’t going to make it as a player so the next best thing for me was to pursue a career in it as a coach/sport scientist.”

He joins former Glory Steven McGarry at the club and said he’s looking forward to working with him and the other coaches. “Steve has been fantastic for me, I’m so grateful. When I started at Glory he was always very good to me and made me feel very welcome, and you couldn’t meet a more down to earth guy, he’s a real asset to have in any team because he’s great with people,” Scanlan explained. “There’s also a bit of fire in the belly, he has a hunger and a desire which is contagious. When he spoke to me about the potential of joining ECU I said yes straight away. I’m really looking forward to working with Dale and Toughy, they share the same ambition for the club that I do, it was a no brainer after meeting both of them.”