Our Coaches

Dynamic Footy Skills coaches are some of the most respected and experienced in Aussie Rules. They have experience at the highest levels of footy, including AFL, VFL, State, TAC Cup and Interleague. Our dedicated coaching team work together to challenge, motivate and guide players to become their best as junior AFL footballers.

ADRIAN ‘TALA’ TALARICO – Director of Coaching

Adrian is a very highly credentialed and experienced AFL coach.  He holds an AFL Level 2 coaching accreditation and is a qualified Primary and Secondary school Physical Education, Health and Science teacher.  His vast experience in junior football coaching has seen him coach and mentor both players & coaches at TAC Cup, Inter-league representative, private school and local levels.

A premiership TAC U/18 player and multi-Victorian AFL state representative, it wasn’t long before he was asked to return to Victoria’s AFL talented player pathway system, this time as Coach and Head Recruiter. He spent 4 years at Victorian TAC club Northern Knights as Head of Football Development (Coaching & Recruiting). He has spent over 10 years coaching within AFL Victoria’s Inter-league Metro championships as well as coaching private and public school elite development teams.  His coaching influence and experienced eye for junior talent has helped ignite many successful AFL careers, including a coaching stint at TAC rival club Calder Cannons, from which over 50 players have been drafted.

BRETT ‘POTTSY’ POTTER – Head of Coaching

Brett has been coaching non-stop for 16 years. He has dedicated the last 4 years developing the next wave of AFL players, within Victoria’s junior talented player pathway, the TAC Cup. For three of those years, he was responsible for Head of Recruiting as well as Head Academy TAC Cup Coach.

In 2014 Brett accepted an offer to join AFL football club Carlton in the recruiting department, where he was able to bring his unique and uncanny ability of unearthing raw and untapped junior talent.

A qualified Level 2 accredited AFL coach, Brett also has extensive experience within AFL Victoria’s Inter-league Metro Championships, having coached & coordinated each age of Interleague juniors from U12s – U17s.

JARRAD ‘JC’ CAREY – General Manager / Head Coach

Jarrad has immense coaching and administration experience at both AFL and local league level. He spent seven years at AFL powerhouse Collingwood FC, fulfilling full-time roles such as team manager, player recruitment and opposition analysis. Jarrad has also been an opposition analyst for Western Australian based AFL club, the Fremantle Dockers.

During a 3 year stint as Football Operations Manager within the Northern Football League, Jarrad was responsible for the implementation of the leagues’ Junior Development Program. This elite program paved the way for talented players to represent the league within the AFL Victoria’s Interleague Metro Championships.

Passionate about helping junior footy players reach their potential, Jarrad has returned to the AFL Victoria Interleague Metro Championships, accepting the role of Head Coach within the Essendon District Football League representative program.

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After a decorated playing career, Ben has coached at both interleague and school level. He has coached the NFL’s U13s and is currently a coach within the EDFL Junior Representative Program. As St Monica’s College’s former Director of AFL, he oversaw their AFL teams and training. For the last five years, he coached their senior side (Year 10-12). As a player, he played juniors at St Damien’s and Mill Park, representing the Northern Knights from 1999 to 2000.

After four years in the VFL with the Northern Bullants (Blues), he spent four years at Euroa. Now he is vice-captain at Bundoora Bulls, playing in the 2013 premiership. He has been named in the NFL’s Division 1 ‘Team of the Year’ for 2009, ’10, ’11.

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Dave’s dedication to football and fitness is certainly something for junior football players to look up to. He manages to cram as much football as he can around his full-time job as a primary school PE teacher, with his sparkling coaching record covering both seniors and juniors.

After ten years as a senior coach and a number of Premierships, his record in juniors mirrors that success. For eight years, he coached the Victorian School Boys U12 and U15 teams. Recently, he was a member of the coaching panel of the VAFA U18 representative team. Witch still makes time for grassroots junior football, coaching two First Division junior premierships in recent years.

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With over ten years of experience as a junior coach, Darren has previously been the head coach of the Northern Knights U15 Keith Burns Development Squad. In the last six years, he was involved with the NFL Junior interleague teams, coaching U11s, U12s, U13s, U14s and U15s. He is a Level 2 accredited AFL coach.



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 JOEL STEINDL – Head Coach

Described as “one of the best one-on-one coaches going around” Joel is a highly regarded TAC Cup development coach, a position he has excelled at for three years.

His expertise is enhanced further after spending 13 consecutive years at the North Melbourne’s coaching nerve-centre, involved in matchday operations in the coaches’ box. He’s also a coaching coordinator at grassroots and interleague levels. He is a Level 2 AFL accredited coach.



MICHAEL INGLIS – Specialist Coach

The current Sports Pyschologist at the North Melbourne Football Club, Michael has coached at interleague level and worked with players at both TAC and AFL level.

His years of experience includes years of working with players in the TAC competition and another two years coaching inter-league U15 representative sides.




MURRAY SCHNEIDER – Specialist Coach

Murray is one of the most experienced elite level junior coaches in Victorian football. After playing over 300 senior games, he has crafted out an impressive coaching career. A Level 2 AFL accredited coach. For 6 years, he coached the NSW/ACT U18 Rams. A student of the game, he spent years developing juniors within the TAC Cup system.

After two years at Eastern Ranges he spent six years with the Northern Knights. During 2003-4, Murray headed up the SEARS Academy, an institute for talented junior footballers. He has coached inter-league U17 representative football. He is also as a Senior Talent ID and recruiter for several elite player pathway systems.

mike georgeMIKE GEORGE – Specialist Coach

Over 14 years in junior football, Mike has experience with nearly all ages and levels. For nine years, he coached the Northern Knights U15 Keith Burns Squad. He has shared his vast knowledge and expertise during countless presentations at level 0 & level 1 coaching courses.

Many years of exposure to elite junior development squads have helped Mike build a wide knowledge of the attributes required to assist footballers improve and reach their potential.


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JASON TONNA – Specialist Coach

Jason commenced his coaching career within the Senior ranks at the Thomastown Football Club. After tasting premiership success at senior level, Jase turned his attention to junior football coaching and has never looked back.

In four years, he lead a local junior team from perennial celler-dwellers to four-time premiership winners. Jason has coached at U14 and U15 Inter-League Representative football for the past three years and is a Level 2 AFL coaching accreditation. He embodies the DFS passion and commitment to junior coaching & development.


ADAM MARCON – Specialist Coach

Adam might need to be added to a different DFS page after being selected in the 2015 Rookie Draft by the Richmond Football Club. Adam has an incredible playing resume, winning VFL Ford Coaches Awards (2012), VFL Most Promising Player (2015) and representing Victoria for the VFL (2012, 14, 15). He received best on ground honours in his 2014 VFL Vic representative match.  In a coaching capacity, Adam has a great rapport with junior footballers transferring his first-hand knowledge of today’s footy with ease.c




DOM TAGLIERI – Specialist Coach

When you scroll through Dom’s coaching career, you quickly realise he has spent time with junior players from all age groups. ‘At least a year at each age group’, would be a good way of describing Dom’s local grassroots coaching.

For the past 4 years, Dom has fulfilled the role of Head Coach at Inter-League Representative level, coaching players U/14, U/15 and U/16 age groups developing them for the expectations of U/18 TAC Cup football.

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DAVE ‘GURU’ VELI – Head of Strength and Conditioning

Exercise and sport science is a way of life for Dave. Recently, he was appointed Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Williamstown Football Club in the VFL, having been the S&C coach at the Essendon VFL team in 2014. Well versed with what the AFL Draft Combine is all about, he runs athletic tests for future draft hopefuls. An expert in the strength and conditioning field, he spends time helping athletes at the Victorian Institute of Sport.

He has worked with Olympic athletes at the distinguished Chinese Institute of Sport. After completing his Sport & Exercise Science degree at Deakin
 University, he went onto complete his
 Masters of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning).


ADAM “ADZ” VELI – Head of Strength & Conditioning

A member of the strength and conditioning team at the Coburg VFL team, Adam is a fitness fanatic. Adz has just completed his Masters in Strength and Conditioning, and also holds a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. he is passionate about fitness and keeping in excellent physical shape. Adz is also a fantastic specialist skills coach for many programs.