Our Coaches

They have years of priceless experience playing the game. They are technically able to demonstrate important exercises and skills being taught at an age crucial to development.

Head Coach + Founder Zenon Caravella

Zenon has played an immense 300+ professional games in the NSL, A-League and First Division Holland. Twice crowned Player of the Year at A-League clubs Gold Coast United and Adelaide United, in 2016, he was one of five players honoured by Football Federation Australia with an Outstanding Contribution to the A-League award at the A-League Grand Final in front of a 50,000 strong crowd.

In addition to his priceless playing experience, Zenon holds a current AFC B-Licence and will complete his AFC A-Licence by the completion of 2020, making him the most qualified coach in the region.

Zenon applies a disciplined, no-nonsense approach to his coaching and personally conducts all High Performance, Advanced and Rising Talent sessions at CFA.

Strength and Conditioning Crios O’Hare

Strength and conditioning is an extremely important part of player development which is why we’ve enlisted our very own expert in Crios O’Hare who doubles up as a Football coach as well as our Head of Strength and Conditioning Coach at CFA.

An accomplished and successful footballer in his own right, Crios has the unique ability to tailor our strength and conditioning program to suit junior footballers considering his own extensive experience playing the sport.

Still one of the most highly regarded players in the Queensland NPL, Crios also has his own business called Next Level – High Intensity Training where he trains elite athletes from all sports in the region.

Crios is a foundation coach at CFA, having being part of the academy since 2015.

Football Coach Josh Taylor

Josh joins the academy after a sensational year in the Queensland NPL as one of the state’s most prolific strikers. Having just been named in the “Team of the season”, Josh backs up his playing experience with his expertise with students as a PE teacher at Cairns High where he also runs the football excellence program. Originally from Brisbane, Josh brings to CFA great energy and passion for youth development.

Football Coach Angelo Caravella

Angelo has been playing high-level football his whole life while watching his brother Zenon rise through the professional football ranks. Having played state league in NSW (NPL) as well as Premier League in FNQ, Angelo is an incredibly popular coach at CFA through his jovial but disciplined way of teaching.

Angelo has completed his FFA C-Licence on a Youth and Senior level with plans to complete his B-Licence by 2018.

Angelo has had extensive experience coaching youth teams at Edge Hill United over the years, with 2018 being his most successful to date, currently coaching the undefeated Edge Hill Premier Ladies team to the Minor Premiership.

Angelo is a foundation coach at CFA, having been at the academy since 2015.

Football Coach Andre Lohmann

A legend of local football, German-born Andre has been involved in FNQ Football since 2001, playing for Stratford Dolphins for 14 years, with a senior coaching spell between 2011 and 2012. Andre was also part of the inaugural FNQ State league side FNQ Bulls which continued on to NPL as well as participating in the QLD State Cup.

Having played junior football in the tough German leagues, Andre boasts an enviable knowledge of the game and goes back to his homeland often to visit his contacts in elite junior football.

Andre is a foundation coach at CFA, having being part of the academy since 2015.

Their unique insight to the game, is a game changer for your young footballer.

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