Our Coaches                                            2018


ESAFC pride ourselves on conducting coaching programmes in a safe, secure, and coach/player friendly environment. Coaches will strive to ensure each player enjoys their football experience. All players will participate under the premise of respect for others and themselves.


Men’s Programme



  • OFC/NZF B Licence (OFC/NZF A-Licence Assessment Feb 2018)


Hoani had a long domestic playing career in New Zealand, playing over 500 senior competitive matches (100 for Eastern Suburbs Premier Team). Prior to that, Hoani represented New Zealand at age group level, playing for both the NZ U17’s and NZ U20’s. He understands the sacrifice, commitment, and hard work it takes to play international football. Hoani has since forged a pathway in coaching that has seen him cover all levels of the game. He currently coaches a range of ESAFC Youth Teams, alongside taking the Head Coach role with the Eastern Suburbs NRFL Premier Men’s Team.




  • OFC/NZF B Licence (OFC/NZF A-Licence Course Accepted Feb 2018)


Kane is currently the Director of Football at Sacred Heart College. He is the youngest coach to obtain the B Licence in the Southern Hemisphere, and the youngest technical staff member to attend a FIFA event, having travelled to Chile for the 2015 U17 World cup, and more recently to India for the 2017 U17 World Cup. These facts, combined with Kane leading AFF to the National 16th Grade title in 2016, signify that he is one of the leading young coaches in the country. Kane is currently coaching our Skill Centre Reps Programme, as well as taking the Lead Coach role with our Eastern Suburbs NRFL Men’s Premier Reserves Team.




  • UEFA B Licence (OFC/NZF A-Licence Part 2 to be completed 2018)


Eastern Suburbs AFC are extremely pleased to welcome Michael Built in to the club. Michael’s pedigree is clearly evident on both the playing and coaching fronts. He brings international experience to the Men’s Premier Team, having played for New Zealand in the 2009 U17 World Cup and 2011 U20 World Cup. He also has professional experience from Northampton Town and Bedford Town in England. As a coach, Michael took over the Head Coach role of Hamilton Wanderers Northern Premier League side late in the 2017 season and successfully guided them to safety when they looked destined for relegation. Add to this, his coaching the Hamilton Wanderers to their National Youth League title, and it is clear to see why Eastern Suburbs are excited to have Michael on board. Michael is currently coaching a range of ESAFC Youth Rep Team sides.




  • NZF Senior Level 3


Billy has been a full-time coach for over 20 years, with many notable achievements on his resume. Chief among those, are coaching Central United to two Chatham Cup titles, and Westlake Boys High School to Auckland and National Championships. Billy is a strong believer in the importance of developing technical skills amongst Junior and Youth players. As a player, Billy spent 22 years in the National League, with brief professional stints in England and Belgium. He has been named New Zealand Player of the Year three times, which signifies the quality he possessed as a player. These qualities have now strongly transferred in to his coaching prowess. Billy is currently coaching a range of our ESAFC Youth Rep Teams.



  • NZF Junior Level 1 (enrolled in Youth Level 2 for 2018)


Tim is currently the captain of Eastern Suburbs AFC’s Premier Men’s side. Tim is one of the few players in New Zealand international football history to tick off playing for the NZ U17’s, NZ U20’s, NZ U23 Olympic Team, and the All Whites. He played in the U17 and U20 World Cups in the same year (2011). Tim has also had professional contracts with Blackburn Rovers in England, and Portland Timbers in the United States. This ranks his playing background amongst the best of those who currently play in New Zealand. Tim is now looking to pass on the knowledge he gained from his experiences to the next generation of aspiring Kiwi Footballers. Tim is currently coaching in our ESAFC Boys Rep Team Programme.




  • NZF Youth Level 2 (enrolled in Youth Level 3 for 2018)


Derek has a rich playing history for someone who is still in their early 20’s. Having started his career at Fulham FC, he then moved to another big club, Crystal Palace. Whilst things did not work out the way that he had hoped, Derek has found a home on the other side of the world, here at Eastern Suburbs. As a key member of our Premier Men’s Team, Derek also assists junior and youth coaches at the club. His experience in professional football is an invaluable asset to young players aspiring to reach those heights. Derek is currently coaching in a number of our Junior Rep Football Programmes.



Women’s Programme



  • NZF Senior Level 2


Phill is one of the more highly respected figures in the game in New Zealand. This is dues to his ability to connect with players of all ages, both male and female. His passion for the game has seen him commit huge hours in to driving football in the Maori Community. Phill is regarded as one of the leading technique and skills coaches in the country, having been the Technical Director of Coerver Coaching for 6 years. Currently he is the leading coach and mentor for OFC’s Football Academy, and in 2017 led Central United’s 13th Grade Girls team to unprecedented success. It is a major coup to for Eastern Suburbs AFC to have Phill on board, and he will undoubtedly be a driving force for player development in the years to come. Phill is currently coaching a range of our Youth Boys Rep Programmes, as well as working with both our 16th Grade Girls teams and NRFL Women’s Premier Teams.




  • NZF Youth Level 2, NZF Goal Keeping Level 1


Jesus has recently taken up a full-time teaching role at Selwyn College, after completing his Graduate Diploma in teaching. As a fully qualified teacher, Jesus understands how different people learn, and adopts this philosophy in to his coaching. This is clearly evident in the way that he interacts with his players. Having coached around the world (Spain, Kuwait, and now New Zealand), Jesus brings a wealth of experience to all sides of football within our club. Jesus is now coaching our Eastern Suburbs NRFL Women’s Premier Team.




  • NZF Youth Level 2 (enrolled in Youth Level 3 for 2018)


Beth played at Eastern Suburbs AFC from the age of 5 to 17, where she reached Premier Reserve Level. Unfortunately, due to injury, Beth was forced to retire from playing. Playing’s loss then became coaching’s gain as Beth refocused her passion for the game towards helping others to reach their full potential. Having primarily coached girls 10th & 11th Grades, Beth is keen to continue her development as a coach, whilst also supporting the growth of those playing under her care.




  • NZF Youth Level 2 (enrolled in Youth Level 3 for 2018)


Rebekah has a rich playing background and is currently the captain of the Eastern Suburbs Premier Women’s Team. She was an integral part of Mt Albert Grammars reign as the top school in Women’s Football from 2012-2015. During her time there, she was part of sides that won four Auckland titles and three National Championships. As a coach, Rebekah has already made her mark by leading the Eastern Suburbs 12th Grade Girls to the AFF title.




  • NZF Youth Level 2


Tayla has a true passion for football, and has played since age 5. This journey has taken her to two U20 World Cups, where she represented New Zealand with distinction. Tayla currently plays in the Eastern Suburbs Premier Women’s team, as well as being a part of the Football Ferns Development Programme (FFDP). As a coach, her aim is pass on all of her knowledge and inspire girls to reach their full potential. Tayla is currently coaching 10th & 11th Grade Girls teams.




  • NZF Junior Level 2


Kaitlyn has been playing football since she was 3 years old, which provides an insight in to her passion for the game. She has been a key member of the Glendowie College 1st XI Women’s Football team since Year 9 (4 years to date), which is a memorable achievement. Kaitlyn is looking to further her football qualifications in 2018 so that she can better support the young players that she works to develop. Having been a coach at Eastern Suburbs for the past 2 years, Kaitlyn is excied about the long-term prospect of being a part of the best women’s football programme in the Greater Auckland area.




  • NZF Junior Level 2


Darcey started as a development coach 3 years ago, under the leadership of Juan Roman, and intends to continue her growth in 2018 by taking the NZF Junior Level 3 and CBR courses. Darcey has played for ESAFC over the last nine years, and always in the top-level team in her age group. Last season she won the league for 16th Grade Girls Premiership, as well as playing in the Junior A team at Epsom Girls Grammar when they won their League. Darcey’s first year at EGG’s won her the Golden Boot. As a coach, Darcey would like to continue to develop her coaching skills by learning from those around her, and jumping on any course or opportunity she can get.