- Tell us a little bit about yourself, background, where you grew up etc?
Current Coach at Futboltec, Mamre Anglican School and Sydney United FC. Also play in the first team at Sydney United. Grew up in Winston Hills. Have 2 brothers who played football, and everything was about football. Played for the local club Winston Hills before moving to Blacktown City and Marconi as a youth player.
- What are your first recollections of playing football?
From around age 4 until age 7 with my brother Jason watching our older brother Michael play for the local club, while we kicked a ball against the canteen block wall, then running on to the field at half time to have shots at the goal. Following his games home and away just with my family and always with a ball.
- What level of representative/schoolboy/ professional football did you manage to achieve?
- A-League, Asian Champions League, U20 Young Socceroo’s, NSW State of Origin Captain, Australian Schoolboys Captain, NSW Schoolboys Captain.
- When and Why did you first get into coaching?
As a 13-year-old, I helped at some school holiday camps for the old Coerver. Just fun games with the youngest groups. I always enjoyed working with kids. By the time I was on my Red P’s I was packing the car with poles and balls, driving to school then heading off to the park after school to do some sessions with kids before heading to Marconi Training. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and because myself and my brother were technical players, we could always provide that type of work to so many kids. Those days were the foundations that has seen us build a coaching identity and has allowed us to remain in football every day with our program Futboltec.
- What has been your greatest personal and coaching achievement in football?
From a personal level, football has given me so much more than I could ever return. The sacrifice and everyday work just to try and become a professional footballer, knowing that it may never happen. The desire, the self-belief, daily application and the resilience to take setbacks and go again. Learning to pick your circles of friends, to be around people who understand you and can accept football was always number 1. My biggest achievement is the person I’ve become because of football, and the traits that I carry with me every single day in business but also as a coach and role model for so many young kids. Communicate well, Respect others, be humble and work harder than anyone else, every single day.
- As one of the head coaches of the Futboltec academy program, tell us a little about what a coaching week in the life of Glen Trifiro entails?
Around 25-30 on field sessions each week. I also still play in the NPL for Sydney United so training 3 x per week with a match on the weekend. Also running the business is around 40-hour weeks away from the field. Most days I’d start on the pitch at 7am and be home after training around 10pm – They are long but rewarding days.
- Did you or do you have any coaching role models you look up to or base your coaching philosophy on?
I’ve been fortunate enough to work under so many incredible coaches. As a player, I’ve learnt things off every coach and when there were certain parts of a coach that I resonated too, I would always collect that knowledge and apply it in some way to the type of coach I want to be. As a young player, I can single out Trevor Morgan. I have a huge amount of respect for Trev, he helped me understand so many isolated techniques and the pure repetition of it all. One type of strike, or volley, or run was always technical, and we’d do it over and over so when it happened in a match, I knew I’d been there before, seen it and felt it, so I knew how to execute.
Casey De Bruin was incredible for his drive in sessions and he taught me the level of desire you needed to compete and win in every part of your session. I also spent a lot of time with Peter Cklamovski who at the time was the strength coach at school, we worked tirelessly and really implemented the ‘outwork everyone’ mentality I still have today.
- What coaching ambitions do you aspire to achieve in the future?
I love developing young players. They are honest and you can really affect not just their football but their lives. Driving for elite football can help develop a certain type of person as well as footballer and I love seeing kids absolutely exhausted through effort and work ethic. It shows me they really want to achieve something special. This type of attitude and attention to detail carries through into their professional life whether they are footballers or not. At the moment, I love running Futboltec and being involved with Sydney United Youth and Mamre Anglican School. In the future, I’d love to prepare a youth National team, and attend major tournaments or run the academy at a club where you can create and sell talent.
- You’ve played football with and coached many great players over the years. Can you tell us some of their names and what set them apart from the others?
From a coaching perspective I’ve worked with a lot of players from a very young age. The most loyal ones have become like family. The ones who were there from day one like Joe Caletti, Devante Clut, Zac Duncan, Ellie Carpenter these are the most notable. In the near future, I know we will see more names as they are starting to filter through and become senior footballers.
- Finally what message do you have for all the kids out there who want to chase their footballing dreams?
Stay Focused, don’t look around. Learn to honestly assess your performances and learn quickly from your mistakes. Create an honest circle of support that can help you be better. Outwork Everyone.