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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Dean May (right) conducting the FFA goalkeeping course today at Rokeby High School [PlessPix]

Tasmania’s NTC coach, Dean May, is conducting a goalkeeping coaching course under the auspices of Football Federation Australia in Hobart this week.

The interstate participants are staying at the Rokeby Police Academy and the practical sessions are being held at the Rokeby High School grounds.

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Photo:  Dean May (in the net) makes a point at today's course [PlessPix]

On Wednesday, a practical session will be held at KGV Park.

The course is for some of the nation’s leading and aspiring goalkeeper coaches and, given May’s standing in goalkeeping coaching circles, it was decided to conduct the course in Hobart.

Players from the NTC are being used for the coaching sessions.

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Photo:  The NTC players assisting at the goalkeeping course today [PlessPix]

Meanwhile, Hobart keeper Jason Voss, who went to Canada for trials recently, is reported to be on the verge of signing a professional contract.

Voss has played for Tilford Zebras, Kingborough Lions United and Olympia Warriors and had trained with Glenorchy Knights before leaving for Canada this year.

Jason Voss at Juventus Training 14 Jan 10

Photo:  Jason Voss in his Tilford Zebras days [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United's 15-year-old keeper, Roan Gillam, who made his Victory League debut for the club in Sunday's 7-1 defeat away to Northern Rangers, has been cleared of a fracture of his finger.

The youngster injured his finger in the closing stages of yesterday's game and went to the Launceston General Hospital straight after the game for X-Rays.

Tilford Zebras have signed an English defender, 25-year-old Russell Courtney, who has been playing his football in Wales.

He is expected to make his debut for Zebras in Sunday's Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy semi-final against Kingborough Lions United at Lightwood Park.

South Hobart will host Northern Rangers at South Hobart Oval on Saturday in the other semi-final.

Football Federation Tasmania originally scheduled these semi-finals at these venues on Saturday and Sunday next weekend, then changed them to a double-header at KGV Park before switching them again to the days outlined above.

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-1 #32 anon 2014-05-02 01:36
Dean's a good coach but he makes me bloody nervous
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+5 #31 The Magic Word 2014-05-01 21:21
Quoting Peter Beardsley:
Quoting The Magic Word:
Maybe. But there's no point in talking about how qualified May is when he's never coached as a gk professionally. He's highly qualified, but never had a professional gig as a gk coach. Fulham womens is not professional.

Calls for him to get into the community with the gk coaching are unrealistic considering that he doesn't even run the NTC keepers through keeper specific training.

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Only thing is I've never seen Deano on the Socceroo bench sitting next to goalkeeping coach, Tony Franken. Come to think of it, I've never seen Deano in the Socceroo dugout at all.


that's because he's not on the socceroos coaching staff! it's all fluff
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+3 #30 Peter Beardsley 2014-05-01 10:02
Quoting The Magic Word:
Maybe. But there's no point in talking about how qualified May is when he's never coached as a gk professionally. He's highly qualified, but never had a professional gig as a gk coach. Fulham womens is not professional.

Calls for him to get into the community with the gk coaching are unrealistic considering that he doesn't even run the NTC keepers through keeper specific training.

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Wait a minute, on one occasion when I went to see Deano, the message from the Football Federation Tasmania office was that Deano said he was away because he is Socceroo assistant goalkeeping coach. Seems pretty professional to me. Top drawer I reckon!

Only thing is I've never seen Deano on the Socceroo bench sitting next to goalkeeping coach, Tony Franken. Come to think of it, I've never seen Deano in the Socceroo dugout at all.
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-3 #29 Fact Checker 2014-04-30 23:16
Quoting The Magic Word:

Calls for him to get into the community with the gk coaching are unrealistic considering that he doesn't even run the NTC keepers through keeper specific training.

Ask the keepers that leave the program in droves...
You seem to have some kind of agenda against Dean, or else you are just badly misinformed. To correct a few of your assertions, he certainly does coach NTC goalkeepers in keeper-specific training, and the cost of the goalkeeper courses (the GK certificate and GK licence that Nathan Meyers refers to) are minimal and certainly not "thousands of dollars" - they're only one day courses. The advanced courses get pretty pricy though, so I agree a scholarship type program would be good for those.
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+7 #28 The Magic Word 2014-04-30 07:21
Maybe. But there's no point in talking about how qualified May is when he's never coached as a gk professionally. He's highly qualified, but never had a professional gig as a gk coach. Fulham womens is not professional.

Calls for him to get into the community with the gk coaching are unrealistic considering that he doesn't even run the NTC keepers through keeper specific training.

Ask the keepers that leave the program in droves...
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-2 #27 Nathan Meyers 2014-04-30 05:21
@ "The magic Word"
I disagree that just because you're a former Keeper you're assuming they're only masquerading as a coach. The better the player the better the skills and coaching that is being passed down.
As a random ex-player that has coached for many years, I found the certificate highly worthwhile in refreshing my coaching skill set and in particular focusing on coaching basics which are missing from a lot of keepers even at VL standard.
FFA require every coach to fork over $$$$ to improve their coaching qualifications. After that it's up to them how they develop their career.
In terms of subsidy's for GK coaches, I'm sure each individual club more than happily pays for the required coaching courses.
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-1 #26 Gordon Banks 2014-04-30 02:29
Quoting The Magic Word:

1 we don't really have club gk coaches to begin with. We have a handful of random ex players masquerading as gk coaches teaching the players the same mistakes they used to make week in week out. 2 FFA want these so called 'gk coaches' to hand over thousands of dollars for courses that lead to zero employment. FFA needs to be more proactive in this area and subsidise the GK courses to gk coaches.



Also, a keeper needs to get advice from the dude with the highest possible level of knowledge, not second hand and third hand knowledge. All May is doing under FFT auspices is coaching coaches. This is good, but he needs to have more direct contact with keepers.
Geezers from FFT like Eddo and Anthony A have ongoing relationships with lots of local coaches. They seem to like their role too. May needs to develop ongoing mentoring with both coaches and keepers.
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-1 #25 Alf Ramsey 2014-04-30 02:11
Quoting Nathan Meyers:


The last Goalkeeping Licence course, run by Dean May, had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers.
The idea of having club goalkeeping coaches is that Dean passes down both the curriculum and his expertise, which in turn is then past onto club keepers.



An ongoing squad of keepers being tutored about their personal qualities as a keeper, is different from running courses to pass on coaching to prospective coaches. Particularly by an expert keeper coach such as May.

Zelco Kalac had heaps of local keepers at his sessions last year. Many keepers want high quality coaching that Kalac and May can provide. I would've thought it prudent that FFT organise May to run ongoing sessions for keepers.

Knowledge on outfield play is being shared successfully by Anthony Alexander, Mike Edwards, Spencer Prior and May through FFT.
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+1 #24 anonymous 2014-04-30 00:58
#22 Rangers have 2 , Devonport have 2 , kingborough have 2,Lton City 2 ,Olympia have 1, soon 2 , South always have imports and so what is your point the Zebras are not allowed to have any ? One bitter player or just trying to stir the pot as usual. Move on son and go play in the lower leagues where you may get a game otherwise who the hell you going to play for oh yeah there is always knights with no imports and where are they on the ladder um last.
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+2 #23 anon 2014-04-30 00:00
Quoting Local vs Import:
Quoting Anonymous:
Aren't Zebras allowed to sign imports ?


Sign as many as you want, however if I was a local player with potential I wouldn't play for Zebras.

Or Olympia
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