- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 07 October 2014
Photo: Eamonn Kelly (left) and John Fiotakis during an Olympia game [PlessPix]
Eamonn Kelly has been appointed coach of the Olympia Warriors’ Southern Women’s Premier League side for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, with Sarah Fitzgerald as his assistant.
Kelly replaces the highly successful John Fiotakis, who was in charge of the women’s team for the past six seasons.
Photo: Sarah Fitzgerald in action [PlessPix]
“The club would like to thank John Fiotakis for his commitment and work done over the last 6 years with the women’s program,” said Olympia Warriors president, George Mamacas.
“His success has been great in building and guiding our women to winning premierships and cups over this period of time.
“We wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Sarah Fitzgerald, a mainstay of the women’s team, will undertake the required coaching courses over the next two years in order to be qualified.
Kelly has agreed that he will step aside in 2017, whereupon Fitzgerald will take over the role of head coach.
“This is a fantastic arrangement for Olympia,” said Mamacas.
“Through finishing the coaching courses and being under the tutelage of Eammon for two seasons, it is anticipated that Sarah’s gain in coaching knowledge and player management will be a great asset to our club in the future.
“It is rare to find two people of such high quality to be involved with the women’s game at club level.
Kelly began his coaching career in 1980 and he has coached at the highest level in the state and was also State senior men’s coach in 2007-2008. He has a current B licence.
Photo: John Fiotakis and Eamonn Kelly call the shots from the technical area [PlessPix]
Fitzgerald’s playing career spans more than 30 years and she started playing football when she was five years old.
She reached the national stage at the Under-19 level and has represented Australia, playing in Europe and New Zealand, as well as in Australia.
She was a member of the Australian Olympic Squad in the 90s.
She represented Victoria whilst playing in the Victorian Premier League.
In 1998, she won the best-and-fairest award for the Victorian Women’s Premier League.
In 2003, she was again called up to the national squad, where she trained with the Matildas and attended camp at the Australian Institute of Sport.
She has been with Olympia since 2010.
“Olympia is proud to have this arrangement in place, with Sarah being arguably Tasmania’s biggest export to the mainland in women’s football,” George Mamacas said.
“To have her ultimately in 2017 become head of Olympia FC Women’s program will be a fantastic thing for, not only our club, but for women’s football in this state.”
Photo: Olympia Warriors president George Mamacas (left) has succession planning well in hand [PlessPix]