Box Hill United are delighted to announce the return of John Salatas to the club’s junior coaching thinktank, this time as the U/12s’ head coach for 2020.
Salatas is a recognised figure within Wembley Park through his long-standing association with the club, both as a past player and a successful coach.
His playing days in Box Hill colours spanned between 1995 and 2009, with coaching stints spread across nine years involving the MiniRoos, U/16 and U/18 boys, and U/21 and reserves men.
He guided the club's U/21s to a massive title in 2012, when the team went undefeated. There was also joy with the reserves’ side in 2004.
Taking on the reins this time with the U/12s, Salatas is setting his sights high. “It is always a pleasure to give back to the club that I have been associated with for the last 25 years,” he said.
“My main objective is to ensure that all players continue to grow the love for our great game, train at the highest of standards, and to see as many of them as possible make the NPL U/13 team for season 2021.”
Salatas is taking heart from the juniors’ recent promising displays, which he supervised as U/11s’ head coach in 2019. This included a superb Club Italia Cup campaign, and top honours for the U/11 Reds in the AFS Shepparton Cup.
Reflecting on the journey last time, the former Waverley Victory MiniRoos' coach deflected high praise all around.
He said, “We started the pre-season very well, especially with eight new players in the team. However, as with all teams, we had a few ups and downs throughout the season.
“[But] credit needs to go out to the players and their parents for their commitment to training and the team. Shepparton Cup success was just the icing on the cake, and to see the enjoyment and happiness on the kids’ faces, was a testament to all the hard work across the whole season.”
The head coach is now keen to nurture his players’ progress both on and off the field.
Salatas added, “Seeing the kids develop under the guidance of the coaches, taking on board what we work on at training, [and] implementing our game plan to play an attractive style of football whilst working hard, motivate me as a coach.
“More importantly though, we must continue to be respectful to our teammates, coaches, opposition and officials regardless of the result.”