Brisbane Roar has bolstered its senior coaching contingent for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season with the appointment of Jeff Hopkins as Assistant Coach.
The former Wales international joins Head Coach Rado Vidosic, Assistant Coach and Conditioning Coach Ken Stead and National Youth Team Coach John Sime as part of the Hyundai A-League coaching staff.
Brisbane Roar fans will be familiar with Hopkins, the 48-year-old having taken control of the club’s Westfield W-League side for the past four seasons, culminating in four grand final appearances for two Championships.
Brisbane’s Head coach Rado Vidosic said it was important for the upcoming pre-season program to have the coaching staff settled before the playing group returned from leave.
“He’s part of our family and as a club that is very important,” Vidosic said.
“His tactical awareness is excellent and his analytical skills will be of good value for our club.
“As Westfield W-League coach for Brisbane Roar, he’s already familiar with our tactics and style of play.
“Aside from his coaching experience he has a great deal of professional and international playing experience as a central defender this will be particularly beneficial for helping our defenders continue their development.
“His personality and his football philosophy fit in perfectly with our core club values.”
Hopkins has also had experience coaching on the international stage, having been involved with several women’s national teams and taking charge of the Australian women’s U-17 side in 2010.
Hopkins said he was excited to be embarking on the next step of his career, despite the difficulty in sharing the news with the Brisbane Roar Westfield W-League squad.
“It’s a step forward for me and it’s something I’m really excited about,” Hopkins said.
“It’s always hard when you do move on when you’ve been working with people for a long time.
“We’ve been successful but it hasn’t just been about that, we’ve worked really well together.
“It was hard, but the players have wished me all the best and I’ll still be taking a big interest in them and how they develop.
“I’ve got skills that I can bring to the mix and help develop the culture, but there is plenty I still have to learn.
“I’ve been with the women’s side for four seasons now and been around the club.
“I watch just about every game Hyundai A-League game there is so I have a good idea of style of play and culture around the team.
“I’ve also been regularly at training sessions, I just like the way things are done at the club and they have a great playing group.”
Hopkins selection for the position continues the club philosophy of developing and promoting talent from within the club structure.
Brisbane Roar General Manager Sean Dobson said the appointment was an important reinforcement of the club ideals.
“We believe it is important to both identify and reward talent within the organisation,” Dobson said.