With the 2020 season on the horizon, Box Hill United U/20 boys’ new head coach Ein Eric recently expressed his excitement and emphasised on guiding his players to a challenging mindset.
Eric was involved in different coaching and technical director roles with the Western Knights for 10 years. He then called Port Melbourne and Geelong SC his home in Melbourne, as U/18 boys’ head coach and football development coach, respectively.
Now in his fresh start with Box Hill, the 39-year-old said, “I think, from Box Hill’s perspective, I am trying to bring in all the experience I have got, to be a part of this new challenge with the new team as well. It’s good and exciting times.
“When I first came with a different team to Box Hill, I thought to myself this is a good club. So from those days, I had been wanting to join Box Hill, and when the opportunity came along, I stepped up.”
From the first training session here, Eric has tasked his charges to set the bar high. “Since I joined [the club], I have told my 20s’ [players] that they are challenging for a first-team spot. They are not challenging just for training, but they are meant to be the guys who are challenging the first-team players. So they need to rise,” he added. “I push them as much as I can – it’s not for my benefit, it’s for the benefit of the club as a whole.”
Eric is now keen to work closely with Box Hill’s senior men’s head coach Con Karagiannidis, to ensure the U/20s acquire the best guidance possible to fast-track their development.
On setting up good communication with the senior set-up, he said, “[It’s] very important I believe. I have known Con for a few years now. I think he has the trust, and I have the trust in him. So, we have similar principles and philosophies of football. That helps.
“My feedback comes from Con. If my players are not challenging enough for the [first-team] spots, then I’ll work harder to get them there.”