Meet Our Coaches - Pine Hills FC

Meet Our Coaches

Director of Coaching

Director of Coaching - Ken Swan 
2019- PHFC RGP12404

As a player Ken was voted the best and fairest player in Queensland senior football two years in a row in the early 80's. He represented Queensland at the senior level over a 12-year period, and also played in the early years of the national league. Ken was also a member of several teams that won premierships and grand finals at the highest level of Queensland football and was an Australian Schoolboys representative (many years ago).

Ken has also coached at the senior level. He coached Sunshine Coast in the state league, and North Star, Brisbane Strikers and Mt Gravatt in the Brisbane premier league. He has also coached multiple junior representative teams.

Ken has over 30 years educational experience as a Teacher, Principal, Education Adviser, Author and Lecturer at QLD University of Technology. He is currently an education consultant and has a national company that supports youth financial education and wellbeing.

Youth Girls/PLUS Fitness Coordinator - Kellie Butler

Kellie has been a volunteer at Pine Hills for the past three years. Over that time she has fulfilled both coach and manager roles for boys and girls youth teams. Last year, she was also involved with the implementation of the PLUS program fitness testing. For the 2022 season, Kellie will move into the role of Youth Girls Coordinator and PLUS Program Fitness Coordinator. Kellie has been in the fitness industry, within the Australian Army, for the last 24 years. More recently, her interests have shifted to the athlete wellbeing space and she is currently studying Elite Athlete Wellbeing Management through the Wellbeing Science Institute.

***2022 Coaching Coordinators***

U8-U9 Coordinator - Luke McKenna

Luke McKenna was a QLD Junior representative player and then later played in the Brisbane Premier League for Pine Hills FC and Taringa Rovers FC. Luke currently plays Senior football at Pine Hills FC and his own children also play at PHFC. Luke has worked as a teacher and Assistant Principal and greatly enjoys working with young people. He has had the opportunity to coach junior and senior soccer teams over the last 15 years. Coaching juniors at PHFC is an opportunity to give back to the game that has added to his life for more than 25 years. 

U10-U11 Coordinator - Rob Kusema

Rob is passionate about PHFC . As well as coaching he also is on the Committee and helping whenever possible.

Rob is a keen student of the game, keen to improve his knowledge and skills; and enthusiastic about sharing his existing expertise with less-experienced coaches.


***2022 Team Coaches***

U15 Girls Team Coach - Corrie Popplewell

Corrie has been coaching for approximately 18 years at various levels. Prior to that he had many years of playing experience. Corrie has coached seniors, youth and squirts and more recently has coached our Academy teams, and coordinator of our girl's program. Corrie is passionate about developing girls football at Pine Hills. In recent years. Corrie has coached his team to league champions and grand final winners.


U15 Select Team Coach - Dafydd Jones (Stitch)

Stitch is a long-time lover of football who brought his passion from Wales to Brisbane many years ago.

Stitch continues to play in the over 35 competition. Stitch is a passionate coach who soaks up new ideas and knowledge.

Favourite team: Liverpool

U14 Select Team Coach - Joe Garraway

I have been playing football since I was 6 to the age of 38 in both England and Australia and have been coaching on and off for 10 years. 

I played as a hard-hitting centre back/centre midfield with a huge passion for the game. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with the U14 players this year.

Favourite team: Arsenal

U13 Select Team Coach - Jason Tomins

Jason lives and breathes football, soaking up as much knowledge as he can to improve his coaching and further develop his players. You will often see him at the club helping out other coaches and always giving players
positive feedback. Jason is also the Head Coach for our holiday clinics and the Reserve Team coach for our FQPL2 ladies.
Favourite Team: Liverpool
Qualifications: Currently completing Youth C License

U12 Girls Select Team Coach - Jason Duncan