Box Hill United U/20 boys' head coach Ein Eric features in this edition of the 'Coaches Q&A' series.
1) How would you summarise your coaching philosophy in one sentence?
I like to set up my teams to dominate play through an intensely attacking type of football, dictating both play and outcomes in each phase of the game.
2) What’s your favourite motivational quote?
‘Ora et Labora’. My players would hear me say “Prepare for Chaos” a lot.
3) What are your pet hates as a coach?
Negativity - you hear a lot of it. Coaching isn’t about yelling and screaming. I am a coach that thrives on positivity to coach my players to build and focus on their strengths. I work with [soccer] teams the same way I manage teams at work.
4) What is your earliest soccer coaching memory?
Thirteen years ago starting with an Under-7s' team and wondering to myself on how to structure the unstructured.
5) What was your initial reaction when you were offered a coaching role at Box Hill United?
Ecstatic on the tinge of nervousness. It was an opportunity to coach at a good club, [which] comes with expectations. What I have here at the moment is a squad with talented players who have been brought up with a solid base. The situation had the bar already set really high. My challenge is to push that even higher. I do believe though given the independence, it’s achievable...