Pickering joins the Jacks as Development Coach

Pickering joins the Jacks as Development Coach

Posted on November 11, 2016 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup have appointed Dean Pickering as Development and under 18’s coach for 2017.

The 24-year-old joins his brother Shane, who plays for the first team, at the club and he will bring in a vast amount of experience to the position. ECU Football Operations Manager Steve Amphlett said the appointment of Pickering was an easy decision after meeting him. “We decided to look elsewhere for a development coach, but we would like to thank Paul Welch and John Brown for their work with the 18’s last season,” he said.

“We have added the Development coach to the club this season to work in conjunction with the under 16’s and 18’s and after talking to Dean we believe he is the perfect man for the job. He brings in bright new ideas, and has been coaching juniors, and along with his brother Shane runs ‘2 half’s Football Development’ a football coaching program. He has shown us he is up for the challenge to nature the talented players we have coming through our academy and NPL junior pathways. We welcome him on board and wish him all the best.”

Pickering said the job is exciting and can’t wait to get started. “I’m absolutely thrilled to get the position, and coaching Under 18’s at NPL level is what I’ve been after, and to be given this opportunity at ECU Joondalup is amazing,” he explained. “I can’t wait to get stuck in and get the ball rolling, as this is my passion, and something I have been working hard towards. Developing youth players and getting the best out of each player is what I strive myself upon, and I would love to see some of my players during the season really push and work towards moving up into the 20’s and who knows maybe even a first team position.”

The new coach has been involved with football for 17 years, playing for many clubs over the years, and have been coaching junior level for football for 9 years. He last played for our rivals Sorrento for many years as a left back up to the age of 16-17 before moving on to his studies to become a sports scientist while coaching juniors. Coaching is his passion and he has the badges to prove it.

“I currently hold a FFA C Licence and a FFA B Licence, hopefully I can complete my A Licence in the next few years while I am still young and eventually move on to some bigger coaching roles over the years, and who knows maybe even get some A-League experience,” he explained. “I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Science and I have a Masters in Sports Science Strength & Conditioning so I am fully qualified to give the best knowledge for ECU Joondalup SC.”

ECU have a great tradition of developing players and Pickering is hoping to unearth a few more. “It’s amazing the talent that has come out of this club, possibly one of the most successful clubs in Australia to unearth talent. Hopefully we have a few more coming through and we can get them on the stage early,” he said. “

“I’m looking forward to working with all the coaches and staff at the club, and really being to build some strong relationships. Getting the best out of the team and being able to give these players a chance to express themselves on the field and show everyone their talent. I believe this club is going somewhere right now and it’s exciting to be on board. I have a strong background in Sports Science and know that I can get the best out of the players to gain some success for the club.”

Pickering has set-up a company with his brother, Shane – ‘2 Half’s Football Development’ – and the pair are passing on their expertise onto a number of players. “I’m absolutely amazed at how well things are going for Shane and I, we never in our wildest dreams thought that things would progress so quickly,” he said. “We have both put many years planning into this and we believe we can give the best knowledge in Sports science to create the best athletes in the near future. We have some plans on the radar to make things even bigger and we cannot wait for the next phase of that…”

Welcome to the club Dean and he is straight into his work with the under 18’s trials taking place next Thursday at the ECU Football Stadium – 6pm (Check out website)