Our Coaches

Tom Laxton - Technical Director

Home town: Buckhurst Hill, Essex, U.K.

Playing History: Tottenham Hotspur Academy, Leyton Orient FC, Dagenham and Redbridge FC, Redbridge FC, Waltham Abbey FC, Potters Bar FC, Mitchelton FC, Northstar FC.

Coaching History: Leyton Orient Academy, Wycombe Wanderers Academy, Watford Academy, Brisbane City FC

NPL history: 2016 season as Technical Director BCFC

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To continue the progress of the Brisbane City FC programme and senior team.

Coaching Aims: Continue to develop and learn through formal qualifications and personal growth at Brisbane City FC

Favourite Player to Watch: Zinedine Zidane

Favourite Team: West Ham United

Dream Player to Coach: Lionel Messi – Easy day at the office coaching him!

Dream Team to Coach: Brisbane City of course!

Best Experience in Football: This past season has been amazing – I’ve learnt loads in developing our teams.

Best Ground Visited: Nou Camp (FC Barcelona)

Best Ground Played In: Highbury (Arsenal) or White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Favourite Movie: Godfather

Favourite Album: Channel Orange – Frank Ocean.

Favourite Pizza: Hawaiian- yes pineapple on pizza is ok!

Billy Lumley - Goalkeeper Academy Coach

Home town: Loughton, Essex, UK.

Playing History: Tottenham Hotspur FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Glenn Hoddle Academy, Northampton Town FC, Jerez CF (Spain), Eastleigh FC, Maidenhead United, Billericay Town FC.

Coaching History: Saves Galore (UK), Brisbane City Football Club Goalkeeper Academy.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To get all my PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues goalkeepers state recognised and win the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland.

Coaching Aims: To be the best coach I can possibly be and have the best GK academy in the world.

Favourite Player to Watch: Hugo Lloris (Spurs/France), David de Gea (Manchester United/Spain).

Favourite Team: Tottenham Hotspur.

Dream Player to Coach: Hugo Lloris (Spurs/France).

Dream Team to Coach: England.

Best Experience in Football: Making my professional football debut.

Best Ground Played In: Emirates Stadium (Arsenal).

Favourite Movie: Bad Boys.

Favourite Album: Ministry of Sound.

Favourite Pizza: Meat Lovers.

Mitch Edwards - PS4 NPL Under 15 Coach
mitch edwards

Home town: Pottsville, NSW.

Playing History: Variety of levels, However never good enough to play professionally or semi-pro.

Coaching History: Churchie (Anglican Church Grammar School), Nudgee Boys College, Eastern Suburbs FC, Brisbane City FC.

NPL history: U12 – 2014, U13 – 2015 & 2016.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Develop the players to the best of their ability while playing an attractive style of football.

Coaching Aims: Learn from previous years sessions and teams and improve on areas that I feel were not good enough.

Favourite Player to Watch – Was Thierry Henry when we was running around for Arsenal, Now I like the South American type of players such as Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) or Luis Suarez (Barcelona) type of player.

Favourite Team: Arsenal FC.

Dream Player to Coach: Any player who wants to listen, improve and is willing to commit themselves.

Best Experience in Football: Playing in the top team for the club I played for from the age of 6.

Best Ground Visited / Played In: Wish I could say played at but it was just a visit – Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid).

Favourite Movie: Any Quentin Tarantino movie.

Favourite Album: I like a variety of music.

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni.

David Minnis - PS4 NPL Under 13 and Under 14 Coach

Home town: Born in Liverpool, grew up Maidstone, Kent, UK.

Playing History: Ashford Town FC, St Leonards FC, Bearsted FC.

Coaching History: Brisbane City Academy, SAP and NPL.

NPL history: 2015 U12’s, 2013 & 2016 U14’s and 2012 & 2014 U15’s.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Get as many boys in the U13’s and U14’s in the Queensland State team.

Coaching Aims: Continue to improve and develop each player to the best of their ability.

Favourite Player to Watch: It was Steven Gerrard.

Favourite Team: Liverpool FC.

Dream Player to Coach: Steven Gerrard.

Dream Team to Coach: Liverpool FC.

Best Experience in Football – Organising and taking a group of boys on a Tour of Spain and Japan with JDFA. Best experience watching football was Liverpool winning the Champions League Final in 2005.

Best Ground Visited / Played In: Watched Nou Camp (FC Barcelona). Best ground I’ve played in was The Valley, Charlton Athletic.

Favourite Movie: Anchorman or Dumb and Dumber

Favourite Album: Hedkandi or Oasis – What’s the story.

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni.

Ryan Genrich - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Home town: Beenleigh, Queensland.

Playing History: Brisbane City FC, Mount Gravatt FC, Beenleigh F.C, Central Queensland Representative Side.

Coaching History: Brisbane City F.C – Senior Fitness Coach (2016-Current), Academy (2014-Current), Brisbane City FC Divisional 14/15/1’s (2015-2016), Beenleigh F.C 12/2’s, 13/1’s (2004-2005).

NPL history: Brisbane City F.C – Senior Fitness Coach (2016-Current)

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To continue the introduction of Football-Movement at the Club from Seniors to game training and skill-acquisition phase.

Coaching Aims: To solve a footballing problem. 

Favourite Player to Watch: Paulo Roberto Falcao (Former Brazil, SC Internacional and Roma midfielder) Johan Cruyff (Former Netherlands, Ajax and Barcalona legend), Javier Zanetti (Former Argentina and Internazionale defender).

Favourite Team: Internazionale Milano (Italy), BSC Young Boys (Switzerland).

Dream Player to Coach: Paulo Roberto Falcao, Johan Cruyff

Dream Team to Coach: Internazionale Milan

Best Experience in Football: Learning from Antony Limbrick, playing against A-League and Serie B Teams.

Best Ground Visited: The San Siro – A.C Milan and The Vinovo or Juventus Centre (Juventus training centre).

Favourite Movie: Concussion.

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni.

Andrew Brayshaw

Home town: Grew up on the Gold Coast.

Playing History: Kilmarnock FC (Scottish Premier League & 1st Division), Parramatta Eagles (NSL), Brisbane Strikers (NSL), Taringa Rovers (XXXX League), Broadbeach FC.
Coaching History: U10 Brisbane City Football Club Girls 2016

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Build on the success of 2016 U10 Brisbane City Football Club Girls.
Coaching Aims: Establish Brisbane City Football Club as the leading football club for girls in Queensland.
Favourite Player to Watch: Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar and Australia).

Favourite Team (team you support or admire): Real Madrid.

Dream Player to Coach: Ronaldo (Former Brazil striker).

Dream Team to Coach: Real Madrid.

Best Experience in Football: Sitting nervously in the change room in Scotland about to go out onto field in a trial game for Kilmarnock and thinking to myself… “I’m 90 minutes away from making my dreams come true”… I played well and signed a two year contract later that night.

Best Ground Played In: Suncorp Stadium for 1997 NSL Grand Final.

Favourite Movie: Meet Joe Black.

Favourite Album: Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay.

Favourite Pizza: Margarita.

Gordon Buchanan

Home town: Born Kilwinning, Scotland. Grew up in Brisbane.

Playing History: North Star – XXXX Premier League (1986-1992), Grange Thistle – XXXX Premier league (1982-1985), Senior Queensland Representative (1987, 1988).

Coaching History: Director of Coaching – Grange Thistle (2016), Junior Girl’s Team Coach (Grange Thistle 2013-16), XXXX Premier League Youth Team Coach – North Star (1989-90), Queensland Soccer Federation Coaching Assessor (1984-85).

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Contributing to the excellent quality of the girl’s football Academy at Brisbane City FC and growing the number of girls playing football in the club.

Coaching Aims: Make Brisbane City FC the football club of choice for girls in Queensland.

Favourite Player to Watch: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)

Favourite Team: Leeds United

Dream Player to Coach: Any player wanting to improve their game, who asks for help.

Dream Team to Coach: The Matilda’s (Australia)

Best Experience in Football: Playing for Queensland against the Fiji national team in 1988 in a three-match tour.  National anthems, big crowds, 35 degree heat, 99% humidity, getting kicked all over the shop, terrible pitch, dodgy local refs…. loved every minute!

Best Ground Visited / Played In: Best ground visited is Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. Best ground I’ve played on is the Gabba. I played an exhibition game against a FIFA team the night before the Sydney Olympic Games Quarter-Final at this venue in 2000.  We locals were up 4-0 until three Brazil players not required for the quarter-final the next day came on to play. It quickly went backwards for us to 4-5, but finished 5-5.

Favourite Movie: The Life of Brian – Monty Python.

Favourite Album: Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd.

Favourite Pizza: Hawaiian

Ivan Rapchuk

Home town: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Playing History: University of Calgary, Foothills United – Alberta Major League.

Coaching History: Grange U14 SYL, Grange U11 Komodo, Brisbane City FC U8 Academy, Halifax City U8 Academy.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Make Girls Academy teams and games enjoyable and competitive.

Coaching Aims: Gain experience coaching girls / women’s soccer.

Favourite Player to Watch: Daniele de Rossi (Roma and Italy defender).

Favourite Team: Brisbane Roar.

Dream Player to Coach: Phillip Lahm (Germany).

Dream Team to Coach: U13 Women’s NPL.

Best Experience in Football: Playing in Canadian National Championships for my province.

Best Ground Visited / Played In: BMO Stadium (Toronto FC).

Favourite Movie: Soccer movie – “Victory”.

Favourite Album: Keith Urban – The Story So Far.

Favourite Pizza: Anything with jalapeños.

Butrus Haider

Home town: South Sudan

Playing History: Played for Eastern Suburbs in the Flight Centre Brisbane Premier League before becoming a coach at Brisbane City.

Coaching History: coaching at city for 2 years. Under 16 NPL assistant coach 2015, academy coach 2016, under 13 and 14 divisional coach 2015 and 2016.

NPL history: Assistant Coach Under 16 NPL (2015).

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: Developing more divisional player into NPL standard player and help to grow the fantastic Brisbane City Academy Program.

Coaching Aims: To continue developing young and upcoming football players and one day I can go back home and develop young footballers over there too.

Favourite Player to Watch. My favourite player to watch is Lionel Messi but think he can do a bit of defending.

Favourite Team: my favourite: My favourite club team is Barcelona love their style of football I also enjoy watching Argentina and cheer for my home countries Australia and South Sudan.

Dream Player to Coach; Ronaldinho (Brazil striker).

Dream Team to Coach: I would love to coach my national team South Sudan.

Best Experience in Football: winning my first ever grand finale at a junior level under 14.

Best Ground Visited / Played In: the only stadium visited is Suncorp Stadium – the best one yet.

Favourite Movie: Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3.

Favourite Pizza: Meat Lovers.

Darren Thomas - PS4 NPL Under 16 Coach

Home Town: Glasgow, Scotland.

Playing History: Rochdale Rovers SC, St. Mirren FC (Scotland), Brosmgrove Rovers FC (England), Wynnum Wolves FC, Brisbane City FC and Capalaba FC.

Coaching History: Mt Gravatt SC, Rochedale Rovers FC, Eastern Suburbs FC, Queensland Lions FC, Villanova College.

Coaching Aims for 2017: To develop all players in the squad and assist with their transition into Senior football in 2018.

Personal Coaching Aims: to continue to enjoy the beautiful game and to improve in my coaching craft.

Favourite Player to Watch: The great man, Diego Maradona.

Favourite Team: Liverpool.

Dream Player to Coach: Ronaldinho (always plays with a smile on his face – and what a player!).

Dream Team to Coach: Liverpool.

Best Experience in Football: As a young player, trialling with Celtic FC. As a coach, winning the Under 19 Queensland Football Championships with Metropolitan East in 2015.

Best Ground Played In: Hamden Park, Scotland.

Favourite Movie: Rocky.

Favourite Album: Ultimate Experience (Jimi Hendrix).

Favourite Pizza: Super Supreme.

Carmine Aceto - PS4 NPL Under 18 Coach

Home town: Cairns.

Playing History: Junior club football, senior club football,

Queensland player, Semi-profressional.

Coaching History: Junior Coaching (coached both my sons and my daughter through

different stages of their young football lives).

NPL History: Academy Coach Far North Queensland FC Heat, Academy and Senior Coach Olympic FC, Senior Coach Gold Coast City.

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: For the Brisbane City U18s team to play a proactive style of football with the holistic approach of FFA through the implementation and development of the 6 competencies:

1. Mentality of a winner/competitiveness

2. Emotional stability

3. Personality/presence

4. Explosiveness

5. Game intelligence

6. Body and Ball control

Personal Coaching Aims: To inspire and develop players to be ready for the Under 20s and push into the first team, while aiming for top contender for the Premiership. Create great connections and harmony with fellow coaches and officials and establish myself further in the football community as a coach and a mentor.

Favourite Player to Watch: Leon Messi (Barcelona & Argentina).

Favourite Team (team you support or admire): Manchester United FC (The

Red Devils!)

Dream Player to Coach: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United and Sweden).

Dream Team to Coach: Manchester United FC.

Best Experience in Football: When playing for Leichhardt FC in the Premier League as a Youth player we made history by being the only team ever to win the trio – Premiership, Grand Final and the Top Club Challenge Cup.

Best Ground Played In: Barlow Park, Cairns.

Favourite Movie: Jason Bourne.

Favourite Album: Swedish House Mafia – Save the World.

Favourite Pizza: Mushroom and Margarita pizza.

Craig Collins - PS4 NPL Under 20 Coach

Home town: Brisbane, Queensland

Playing History: Brisbane Premier League 1988-2011, Brisbane United (National Soccer League), Sydney Olympic (National Soccer League), Liverpool (trial), Brisbane Roar.

Coaching History: Brisbane Strikers – Player Coach (1997)

NPL history: Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane City

Coaching Aims for the 2017 Season: To learn everything I possibly can and make sure the Under 20’s improve and get the most out of the season

Coaching Aims: Take it as far as it will take me.

Favourite Player to Watch: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) and Adam Lallana (Liverpool)

Favourite Team: Liverpool

Dream Player to Coach: Lionel Messi aged 16

Dream Team to Coach: Brisbane City Under 20’s

Best Experience in Football: Playing at a good level and being part of teams with lifelong friends.

Best Ground Played In: Anfield (Liverpool)

Favourite Movie: Old School

Favourite Album: Don’t listen to music much – so anything current

Favourite Pizza: Pepperoni

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