• Tell us a little bit about yourself, background, where you grew up etc?

I grew up in the St. George district and played my grass roots football with Rockdale Illenden Football Club. At 14yrs of age, I was selected into the Sutherland Sharks Youth League Program, where I played right through to the Sutherland Sharks First Grade Squad.

  • What are your first recollections of playing football?

My first re collections was when my dad used to drive me at the age of 6 to Barton Park, Rockdale, where I was playing my junior years with the Rockdale Illenden Football Club.

  • What level of professional/international football did you manage to achieve and When did you finish?

I was a young apprentice in the first-grade squad, and did not really get much of a look in. I was influenced by Billy McColl to stop playing and focus on my coaching. After nearly 15 years of playing, I realised I received much more joy and satisfaction by helping other kids reach their dreams.

  • When and why did you first get into coaching?

At the age of 20, I was destined to be a coach, rather than a player . I began coaching at Sutherland Sharks within the Youth League structure. I spent 8 continuous years coaching at Sutherland Sharks before moving to Bonnyrigg White Eagles as Technical Director for 3 years. In 2014, I joined the Marconi Stallions as their U20s coach. In 2015, I returned back to Sutherland Sharks coaching in their senior structure.

  • What has been your greatest personal and coaching achievement in football?

Without a doubt, winning 3 consecutive Grand finals in the U20s Men’s League with Sutherland Sharks, before being promoted to the First-Grade coaching position.

  • Tell us a little about what a coaching week in   the life of Nick Dimovski entails?

I have been Technical Director for South-West Wanderers Football Club for the past 11 seasons. South-West Wanderers is a community-based grassroots Football club that promises to provide high level coaching in a nurturing environment. We coach two nights per week, and we develop players from the ages of U5s to U12s. 

  • Did you or do you have any coaching role models you look up to or base your  coaching philosophy on?

Mentors are very important. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the influence by Apia Tigers Legend Billy McColl. Billy is that one person in my life,  I can pick up the phone and just have a chat too . Billy is still a long-life mentor both on and off the park for me. 

  • What coaching ambitions do you aspire to achieve in the future?

I hope to one day coach in the Australian A-League structure.

  • You have coached many great players over the years. Can you tell us some of their names and what set them apart from the others?

Dylan Fox who is now playing in India, formerly with the Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix. Moodie Najjar, currently on loan from Melbourne City with Macarthur Bulls. Marc Warren, who formally played for Sydney FC, and Perth Glory.

  • Finally what message do you have for all the kids out there who want to chase their footballing dreams?

Winners Never Give Up and Give Ups Never Win. 

Always be positive and love the game. 

Choose a club with the right environment to play.