Box Hill United SC are pleased to announce the appointment of Jorge Leon as head coach of our senior women’s team.
We are also excited to announce that Stefanos Sakalis will continue coaching our U/19 girls, and will be working closely with Jorge.
In 2019, under Stefanos’ tutelage, Box Hill’s U/19 girls finished sixth on the NPLW age-group ladder with squad average age of 15-and-a-half years, which is incredible. Four U/19s squad members – goalkeeper Gabriella Eggleton, midfielders Melanie Martinez and Laura Pickett, and striker Erin Keyt – were promoted to the senior squad.
Stefanos has been involved within the club’s coaching ranks for the past six seasons, and had previously guided our U/16 girls to NPLW title glory in 2018. Moreover, in 2019, he led Box Hill’s U/16 girls to a third-place finish in the prestigious Gothia Cup competition in China.
Jorge will be taking his place in the dugout as head coach of our senior women’s outfit next term. He brings a wealth of NPLW coaching experience with him, having been involved in the Victorian women’s football scene for many years.
Jorge enjoyed an NPLW championship-winning season with South Melbourne’s U/19s. He was also part of South’s senior women’s set-up as assistant coach between 2015 and 2017.
Jorge plied his youth football days in South America with Universitario Deportes, and made his move to the other side of the white line in 2008 – beginning a coaching journey with various clubs in Melbourne and honing his coaching philosophy based on an attractive brand of football.
Both Jorge and Stefanos are passionate about developing women footballers, and are excited about season 2020 and the preparations ahead.
Box Hill would like to wish Jorge and Stefanos the very best for the upcoming season.