Melbourne Heart Head Coach John van’t Schip has finalised his coaching support staff for the forthcoming Hyundai A-League 2014-15 season, led by the appointment of Championship-winning Brisbane Roar assistant coach, Luciano Trani.
Trani will join Melbourne Heart as its Senior Assistant Coach, fresh from helping steer Roar to a Premiers Plate and Championship double during the 2013-14 season.
A former assistant at Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United, Trani joins with a proven track record in the A-League.
“We are very fortunate to have a well-respected and highly motivated coach like Luc to help build the club both now and in the future,” van’t Schip said.
“Luc has had success with Brisbane last season but also got excellent results at the other clubs he has been involved with. He is a proven winner and will ensure we get as much out of our players as possible.”
Melbourne Heart’s Foxtel National Youth League team will again be led by Joe Palatsides for the upcoming season, with the former Socceroo heading into his third season at the helm.
In addition to Trani, Football Federation Australia elite junior coach Ivan Jolic will join as Assistant Coach to van’t Schip, joining remaining Assistant Coach Joey Didulica.
Jolic has worked with the state’s most talented junior players as the Victorian head of the FFA’s Skills Acquisition Program for the past four years, while Didulica continues to build on an accomplished playing career in which he worked under the likes of 2014 FIFA World Cup coaches Louis van Gaal (the Netherlands) and Joachim Low (Germany).
“I am happy with the balance of the coaching staff we have for next season,” van’t Schip said.
“There is a great mix of experience and skills and a solid understanding of the game at a local, national and international level.
“We are confident that we will get the most out of the senior and youth players with these coaches.”
In addition to bringing high quality national experience to the Club, all four support staff are locally-bred coaches with a deep and tangible connection to grassroots football in Victoria.
Melbourne Heart FC Coaching Structure
John van’t Schip
Luciano Trani, Ivan Jolic, Joey Didulica
Foxtel National Youth League