Box Hill United U/14 girls’ new head coach Orlando Morales has explained his approach to the latest challenge at the helm, to ensure his charges’ development for season 2020.
Morales, from Cranbourne North, cut his teeth into coaching with Mazenod United and subsequently excelled at Casey Panthers. The young coach further sharpened his prowess with spells at Hampton Park and Noble Park.
Now switching into a fresh role at Wembley Park, Morales said, “I have always been up for a good challenge. So, coaching at the NPL level is definitely a step up, which is good.
“I am looking forward to that. And coaching girls is new for me as well – coming from coaching boys to girls is a big change.”
Determined to put his best foot forward, the 29-year-old rigorously undertook the necessary groundwork. He said, “I have sought advice from people who have done it before. I have gone off and seen the senior women train.
“My attitude and philosophy haven’t changed – it’s still same [about] discipline. Just how you approach and communicate with the girls need to change, which I am learning every day. Watching other professionals do it has helped.”
Pleased with his present squad’s standards at Box Hill, Morales said the additional effort is already being put into encouraging his players to fulfil their potential.
He reasoned, “Quality-wise, they are a very good standard. Individually, they are all very skilful. [However], obviously there are things that you have got to coach as a team.
“They have got to learn how to work as a team better and communicate, especially going from a smaller-sized pitch in the U/12s to a full-sized pitch in the U/14s.”
Morales added, “[I am] trying to get the girls to enjoy themselves and [for them to] want to get to that level; making sure they learn the basics and do what they need, to go as far as they can.
“It’s not always about winning – it’s about developing them as well. I am trying to get that across to them, [so they] are prepared for when they are older.”