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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:  Nick Di Martino (left) as assistant coach to Glen McNeill at Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Kingborough Lions United FC have announced the appointment of Nick Di Martino (assistant NPL coach), Greg Calvert (Challenge League and assistant NPL coach), Andrew Duncan (goalkeeper coach) and Jez Kenth (video analyst) to join NPL head coach Mark Broadbent for the 2018 NPL season.

Di Martino, a former star defender with Hobart Juventus, has worked with several NPL clubs in Tasmania and has assisted championship-winning coaches such as Ken Morton, Peter Savill and Chris Hey.

He will be coming to the Lions fresh from a one-year break in 2017.

Calvert and Itchins

Photo:  Greg Calvert (left) with Dale Itchins when he was coaching at Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

Calvert returns to the Den having previously coached and played with the Lions 19 years ago.

He has coached at various levels, with his most recent experiences being with youth teams both at State and club level.

Di Martino and Calvert have invaluable years of coaching and playing experience under their belts and Duncan, who is in his second year of transition from playing to coaching, has worked towards his goalkeeper coaching accreditations in2017.

“We have taken care to establish this coaching team, a team with the skill, experience, knowledge and desire to work collectively towards on-field success”,said Kingborough’s Technical Director, Simon Edwards.

“This coaching team is not making up numbers. They are passionate, professional and committed to achieving results.

“These appointments reinforce our strategic goal of bringing focus and stability to the High Performance Men’s program and our academy pathways.

“For players, this means depth and consistency in the coaching ethos of the club.”

Both Di Martino and Calvert come to the Lions with a clear intent of ‘making a difference’.

They see the potential in players, staff and ground-development projects and are excited to be part of building a successful future for the Lions.

“I am passionate about creating an environment players aspire to be a part of,” said Calvert.

“For many years, Kingborough has been spoken about as a sleeping giant [the club has around 600 members] that’s never truly awakened and this is a great opportunity as a collective to make a difference,”said Calvert.

Di Martino looks forward to improving the Lions’ competitiveness.

He hopes to bring an increased intensity to training.

“Without intensity, you will not get to the next level,” Di Martino said.

“To get noticed, you need to knuckle down and train and commit as if you’re at that level already.”

Duncan hopes to build on the achievements of the 2017 season, when two of the goalkeepers in the Lions’ Women’s program were selected for State duties.

Duncan believes he benefits as a coach, having been a keeper himself.

He says the opportunities at Kingborough are too good to say ‘no’ to and one of the things that keeps bringing him back is the culture of the club.

“It’s just such a great place to be around,” said Duncan.

Kenth, who broke his leg late in the 2017 season playing for University’s veterans’ team, is going to provide video analysis and assist the coaching team before looking to re-engaging with physical training.

Lions head NPL coach, Mark Broadbent, is looking forward to the additional benefit these quality coaches will bring.

“Mark appreciates the importance that input from others brings in the coaching process and the importance of the coaching team being aligned, especially on the goal of delivering on-field results which are an outcome of quality player education,” said Edwards.

“We have had planning sessions with the new team and are focussed on the delivery of an intense pre-season cycle kicking off 12 November.

“Following the tumultuous senior coaching turnovers in the previous two seasons, the club is very pleased with the appointments.

“Our commitment is to our players, community, sponsors and football development in the region. We maintain focus on our junior and youth development programs, continual improvement of our high-performance senior programs, facilities and coach development in the region.”

Kingborough Lions United president, Warren Iles, said: “We believe that this coaching team will enhance our ability to deliver on these goals.”

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+4 #11 Darren Anderton 2017-11-02 02:13
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Greg has been in the Tasmanian football scene for some thirty years as both a player and a coach.
As a former team mate of mine I would describe him as a player as one that was easy on the eye for supporters, very silky and adept either side of his body.
And you're spot on about him being a top bloke, his father Rex was also.
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+13 #10 Anon 2017-11-02 01:43
You know its amazing how people get on here and criticise or 'thumbs down' many of the individuals who at least have the balls to undertake courses, attend seminars and coach teams in their own time and put something back into the sport.Unlike those gutless keyboard warriors who do very little but have a shitload to say about those who are having a go."Tassie is a backwater" "Tassie is a joke" "Tassie coaching merry go round" and so on.
If you are not happy with it do something about it or do everyone a favour and rack off!You help no-one.
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+10 #9 Calvert is King 2017-11-01 09:14
No idea about Calvert in a soccer sense but I've worked under him years ago and he remains one of the most inspiring and personable professionals I've ever been around.

The bloke genuinely gives a shit about others.

I'm sure he is a fantastic coach too.

Wish him every deserved success.
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+22 #8 It takes time 2017-10-31 23:28
Good to see lions building good structures all the way threw
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+12 #7 Jolly Roger 2017-10-31 10:06
will be tuning in for some post match lols in 2018
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-8 #6 Jacko 2017-10-31 10:05
Quoting Finally:
Great to see intelligent coaching appointments from the Lions.

Broadbent clearly knows what he is doing and Lions will eventually reap the rewards from his competence.


wah?

Not sold on Broady but Nicky Di is quality
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+19 #5 Anonymous 2017-10-31 08:18
There's a couple of good coaches with Italian heritage now at South, Lions and Beach. Why are they not at Zebras coaching NPL.
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+11 #4 Anonymous 2017-10-31 08:15
A good coaching group, far better than what Zebras have.
Good luck Lions
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+21 #3 Finally 2017-10-31 03:55
Great to see intelligent coaching appointments from the Lions.

Broadbent clearly knows what he is doing and Lions will eventually reap the rewards from his competence.

Looking forward to seeing some stability, results and development from a club that should be doing much better than it has in recent times.
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+30 #2 Anon 2017-10-30 23:52
That's a list of quality appointments, well done Lions!
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