OUR COACHING TEAM

SAM MORRISSEY
Technical Director & Women's First Team Coach

Sam is responsible for ensuring we provide the best possible football experience for players of all abilities in grades 6 to 12, including through the development and delivery of junior programmes, coach education and support, and community engagement initiatives.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise

  • OFC / NZF B Licence

  • NZF Youth level 3

  • FIFA coach educators certificate

Experience

Sam has a wealth of junior coaching experience at club and regional level.  Sam's experience includes:

  • Capital Football Federation Development Officer (2017 - 2019) (junior football lead for the Hutt and Wairarapa region, coach education lead and involved in the girls and womens football space, including as the assistant national women's league coach)

  • Director of Youth Football at Petone FC (2016)

  • Wellington Phoenix Academy Assistant Coach (2015)

  • Director of Junior Football at Tawa FC  (2013 - 2015)

  • Capital Football Age Group coach (2016 - 2019)

SAM SMITH
Men's First Team Coach & Director of Coaching

Alongside coaching the Senior teams, Sam is working with our Youth and Junior teams, as well as providing coach development support for our club coaches.

Qualifications

  • FFA/AFC B License

  • OFC/NZF Coach Educator

Experience

Sam's coaching experience includes: 

  • Technical Analyst at Team Wellington

  • Two years WKAFC Central League Assistant Coach

  • Development Officer at Capital Football

Comments

His thoughts on this upcoming journey: “I'm excited for this opportunity at a club I’ve been working at for the last 3 years. I am looking forward to working with Sam Morrissey and the rest of the coaching team to make sure we are offering a great training environment for all our players. This is an interesting year with new competition structures, and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve”.

KALEY WARD
Girls Coaching Director

Kaley leads coaching in the girls space, working with the club’s young female football and futsal players. Kaley joined us on her arrival from the US in 2019 where she played four years at University level for the University of Tampa and University of West Florida.  

Qualifications

  • NZF Youth Level 2

Experience

Kaley’s coaching experience includes: 

  • Waterside Karori AFC (2020/21)

  • University of West Florida Youth Programme Lead Coach (2015/16)

Kaley's playing experience includes: 

  • Capital Football ISPS Handa Women’s Premiership (2019 - 2021)

    • ISPS Premiership Team of the Season (2020) 

    • ISPS Premiership Golden Boot (2020) 

  • Waterside Karori (2019 - 2021)​

  • University of West Florida (2015/16)

    • NSCAA Scholar All-American (2016) 

    • All-Gulf South Conference First Team (2016) 

  • University of Tampa (2013 - 2015)

JARED PUTT
Junior and Youth Lead Coach

Jared leads coaching in both our junior and youth space.  Jared joined us on his return from the US where he coached at University level. This followed a playing career where he played for 4 years and studied at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He has also coached various youth teams throughout his playing and coaching career.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science

  • Masters in Sports Management

  • NZF Junior Level 3

Experience

Jared’s coaching experience includes:

  • Waterside Karori AFC (2019 - 2021)

  • Trinity Christian College Assistant Coach (2016-2018)

  • East Stroudsburg University Graduate Assistant Coach (2016)

CURTIS JONES
Junior and Youth Lead Coach

Curtis leads coaching in our junior and youth space as Head Coach of our U17s and assistant coach to our men's first team. 

Qualifications

  • OFC/NZF B License 

Experience

Curtis' coaching experience includes 

  • Waterside Karori AFC TDP U17 Head Coach (2021)

  • Waterside Karori AFC junior lead coach (2020-2021)

GAVIN KELNER
Director of Goalkeeping

Gavin leads our goalkeeping coaching programmes. Currently he works with our goalkeepers in the junior, youth and senior space.

Qualifications

  • OFC/NZF Goalkeeping C License 

  • NZF Senior Level One

  • NZF Goalkeeping Level One

Experience

Gavins' coaching experience includes 

  • Waterside Karori AFC Director of Goalkeeping (2021)

  • Sacred Heart College - Head Coach (2020-2021)

  • Price Alfred FC - Goalkeeping/Assistant Coach (2016)

  • Adelaide Cobras FC - Junior Premier League Coach (2016)