Sydney Olympic will kick off the 2017 season with a new man in charge with the historic Australian club appointing Portuguese born Jamie Monroy Zamith as the First Team coach and Technical Director.
Zamith takes over Grant Lee after three and a half years at the top, who has since been appointed as the club’s Football Director and will take a hands on technical leadership focus with the club’s women’s program and will work closely in other areas with the mindset of enhancing the Blues’ football program.
Zamith comes with some experience overseas having been part of coaching setups at FC Barcelona, A.D. Alcorcon, FC Baku and Boavista to name a few.
The Portuguese mentor has been busily preparing the squad during the pre-season and will hope he can instil that winning mentality back into the club as well as setting the technical philosophy and direction in moving the Blues forward.
Recently appointed Club Chief Executive Officer John Boulous highlighted in his update to the members, a number of key initiatives for the new season as the club looks set for a new and exciting era.
“Having been in the position for just nearly two months, I have had an opportunity to meet with many of our stakeholders and it is great to see much excitement and enthusiasm ahead of the 2017 season. “As a club we have a lot to do in order to achieve our goals, this cannot be done alone and by working together I am confident a very successful 2017 and beyond on and off the field awaits.
“Everyone can play their part and I look forward to leading this process in the weeks and months to come.
“We are committed to building a stronger future for our Club and its members both on and off the field. Our club shares a strong tradition, with many people contributing to this since 1957. Our challenge now is to create an environment of excellence providing an opportunity for our club, players and coaches to reach their maximum potential.
“In the last two months the club has;
• Conducted its Legends match at Belmore Oval and End of Season Function.
• Appointed Technical Director and coaching staff to conduct our football program.
• Conducted Skill Acquisition Program, Youth and Senior male and female trials.
• Undertook clothing fittings for all players in all squads for the 2017 season.
• Undertook Female and Male Squad Information and coach sessions, detailing the club’s technical philosophy and football program.
• Officially commenced pre-season training and friendly matches.
• Had our Under 11 squad tour Germany and Poland to compete in the Legia Cup.
• Conducted the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 30 November 2016.
“The key strategic priority for the club is to improve our facilities to be able to expand our football program offerings. In the coming weeks we have meetings scheduled to progress opportunities for facility enhancement and development at both Peter Moore Field and at Tempe Park. We will keep you updated as things progress, but we are hopeful of being able to report some positive developments in the near future.
“From a football program perspective our focus remains on youth development and with this a focus on producing the best player’s possible at all levels of our pathway. Through this we are confident players that are developing in our SAP and Youth programs will be aspiring to play male and female Senior football at our club in the years to come.
“In regards our Women’s program, we remain focused on ensuring our Club is giving ourselves the best chance for promotion into the PS4 NPL NSW Women’s top tier Competition. We have this year increased resources in this area to help achieve this focus, with a large focus of Grant Lee’s role being to support our coaches and squads.
“Our squads are all now back into pre-season training and a full schedule of pre-season friendly matches for all squads will be communicated in January once finalised. On Sunday, our Men’s Youth and Senior squads will play Stanmore Hawks in a full day of football at Arlington Oval, Dulwich Hill. Our Under 13 squad kick off at 9.00am, and we move right through to our first grade team kicking off at 7.00pm.”
For the 2017 football season, the following coaches have been appointed to lead all the Sydney Olympic squads;
U-9 Coach Leon Alexiou
U-10 Coach Max Andriotti
U-11 Coach Kerim Baba
U-12 Coach Bruno De Nobrega
U-13 Coach Ivan Petkovic
U-14 Coach Demetri Giannopoulos
U-15 Coach Milan Blagojevic
U-16 Coach Michael Sgourdas
U-18 Coach Jim Patikas
U-20 Coach Kerim Baba
1st Grade Coach Jaime Monroy
Club GK Coach Stacy Alogdellis
U-10 Coach Cos Di giacomo
U-12 Coach John Pladas
U-13 Coach Peter Millis
U-15 Coach Nick Scott
U-17 Coach Steven Chilas
1st Gr Coach Arthur Beltsos
Reserve Coach George Beltsos