Key football department appointments confirmed

HBF Park panoramic

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm a number of key appointments within the club’s football department.

Three former Glory players have been handed coaching roles, with Steven McGarry named as the club’s new A-League Assistant Coach, Ruben Zadkovich coming in to operate as both a second A-League Assistant Coach and PGFC Academy Head Coach and Chris Coyne being appointed PGFC Academy Under-20s Head Coach.

Terry McFlynn, meanwhile, moves from his previous role as Academy and W-League Manager to become Football Operations Manager and and former Lead Skills Development Coach & Head of Academy Performance Analysis, Jesse Hesford, has a new position as Head of First Team Performance Analysis.

The club can also confirm that Jason Weber has been appointed as its new Strength and Conditioning Coach.

McGarry made 114 A-League appearances for Glory between 2009 and 2014, before moving into coaching and he joined the PGFC Academy in 2018 as Technical Director, a position which he will continue to fill going forward.

NPL 2020 - Balcatta v Glory - Steven McGarry

Zadkovich, meanwhile, spent the 2014-15 season playing here in the West and has recently enjoyed great success as Head Coach of NPL Northern NSW side, Broadmeadow Magic.

Ruben Zadkovich

Former Socceroos defender and Perth local Coyne also has a strong track record in the NPL, guiding Bayswater City to a clutch of trophies after spending the final two seasons of his playing career with his hometown club.

Chris Coyne solo

McFlynn, having been one of the most decorated players in Sydney FC’s history, transitioned into a key figure in the Sky Blues’ administrative and coaching structure before joining Glory in 2019.

Terry McFlynn at Glory HQ

And Weber brings a wealth of elite-level sport experience having worked for Rugby Australia, Waratahs Rugby and the Queensland Rugby Union ahead of a 12-year stint as High Performance Manager of the Fremantle Dockers.

Jason Weber

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is understandably delighted to have a team with such a depth of knowledge and experience around him.

“It’s a strong and dynamic group that I’m really looking forward to working with,” he said.

“Having worked with Stevie for the last two years, I know that we’re on the same page when it comes to football and in terms of our relationship, he’s always ready to challenge what I do and I really like that.

“Ruben is a guy that I played with and who began his coaching career around the same time as me.

“He brings a great knowledge of football and is a vibrant personality who has strong opinions about football and is always trying to improve not only the tactics and formation, but also the morale and energy in the camp.

“Coyney has done extremely well coaching in the NPL, played at a high level and has a deep understanding of the game.

“This is a chance for him to come in and work with elite players and it’s vital for us to have quality coaches at that end in order to help produce the next generation of Glory players.

“Terry has already proven his value to the club since coming in last year and he’ll continue to do that in his new role.

“He will be an integral part of driving the football department forward in the coming months, as will Jesse as our new Head of First Team Performance Analysis.

“And finally, we are extremely happy to have brought Jason to the club.

“His expertise and experience will help us get the best out of our players and also help develop the other coaches we have in the club within the strength and conditioning field.”