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 2021, making him the most qualified coach in the region.

Zenon applies a disciplined, no-nonsense approach to his coaching and personally delivers all High Performance Program 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 is Head of our Strength and Conditioning program.

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 and coaches in the region Crios also has his own business called Next Level Training Academy where he trains elite athletes from all sports.

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

Football Coach Josh Taylor

Josh joined the academy in 2017 after a sensational year in the Queensland NPL as one of the state’s most prolific strikers. 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 coaches our High Performance Development players and brings to CFA great energy and passion for youth development. Josh holds a current FFA C Licence.

Football Coach Pasco Rogato

Pasco is a local legend in his own right; he’s been a mainstay in FNQ football as a player and coach for many years representing all levels. Zenon remembers Pasco playing when he was a young kid growing up in Cairns and loved watching him play – years later they find themselves in the CFA team coaching alongside each other. Pasco is currently famous for being everyones favourite Drill Sargent on Football Fitness Mondays!

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

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