Box Hill United U/18 boys’ head coach Marcelo Koslowsky is relishing his new role as season 2020 dawns, following his elevation to the hotseat from being part of our U/15 boys’ set-up in 2019.
Koslowsky, from Porto Alegre, Brazil, arrived on Australian shores with a proven experience towards youth development and coaching, as South Melbourne’s technical director in 2012-2013.
A Sports Science postgraduate specialising in Football Development Methodology from Porto University, Koslowsky has learned from some of the top names in South American football down the years.
Between 2015 and 2017, he was senior assistant coach with three Paraguayan outfits, including Club Deportivo Capiata during their 2017 Copa Libertadores campaign. In 2018, he switched to Brazilian powerhouse Club Atletico Paranaense, looking into overseas scouting and football development strategies.
During his tenure with hometown club Gremio FBPA, he shouldered youth coaching and technical director roles, looking after age grades from U/10s to U/20s.
In 2019 with Box Hill’s U/15 boys, he ended the season on a high following a fourth-place finish in the NPL East ladder. Looking ahead, Koslowsky said, “It is a privilege to keep being part of Box Hill United’s coaching staff, for 2020. I feel very motivated for the next season with the U/18 boys.
“The U/18s squad is very talented, which gives opportunity to a coach to build more complex strategies for the game. I believe when working with individuals, it is important to understand their characteristics as players, and how they can contribute best for the collective.”
The 36-year-old further highlighted greater “expectations” as his players progress through the ranks. “As the players get older, bigger is the challenge. The U/18s are closer to the senior team, and with high expectations to perform well,” he said. “This means they will be watched by the senior coaches and they can make a good impact with their performances.”
As part of preparations for 2020, Koslowsky is now determined to align his U/18 squad’s playing style with the Box Hill United way. He added, “I believe my thinking of football matches perfectly with the values of the game Box Hill try to implement in youth teams.
“It prioritises controlling the game with organised ball possession and building from the back, while enjoying the moments. Also, it is about being very aggressive in defensive pressing.”