Sports Wizard®’s Ron Smith joins Brisbane Roar

Sports Wizard® Head of Football, Ron Smith, has accepted the role of Assistant Coach at A-League champions, Brisbane Roar. Image courtesy of Getty Images
Sports Wizard® Head of Football, Ron Smith, is the new Assistant Coach at A-League champions, Brisbane Roar. Image: Getty Images

Breaking News: Sports Wizard® Head of Football (Soccer) Ron Smith has accepted a role with Mike Mulvey at Brisbane Roar – the current A-League Champions – as Assistant Coach, reflecting Roar’s vision to remain at the top and build a Dynasty of success.

Smith has an outstanding record as both a Technical Advisor (including the Socceroos) and as a Head Coach within Australia and internationally, receiving several recent invitations to coach.

Added to years of success and current Doctoral studies into scoring, Smith is now employing Sports Wizard®’s breakthrough knowledge, which includes understanding the prerequisites and nature of Momentum, different behavioural traits influencing performance based on Decision-Making capabilities and critical Qualitative components of Offensive and Defensive Transition.

See the full story below as it appeared on the World Game website.

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Brisbane Roar has appointed the highly-experienced Ron Smith to the position of assistant coach.

Smith joins the three-time A-League champion following nine years with Football Federation Australia as a performance analyst with both the Socceroos and Olyroos.

He also spent a decade as head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport, where he developed some of Australia’s most decorated footballers including Mark Viduka, Lucas Neill, Frank Farina and Craig Moore.

“Ron brings a wealth of knowledge to the coaching staff which the players and the club will benefit greatly from,” head coach Mike Mulvey said.

“We’re very lucky to have secured Ron’s services as someone with his experience in the game is always very sought after.”

With stints in Malaysia – including winning the championship with Sabah FA in 1996 – Smith is also very familiar with Asian football and was equally excited to be joining the Roar ahead of a campaign that includes the AFC Champions League and FFA Cup.

Alongside his work with FFA, Smith also worked on other projects including developing a coaching app called Football Practices and a coaching website, as well as working on his research PhD on goal-scoring patterns.

“When the offer came to join Brisbane Roar, the timing was very good,” Smith said.

“I have spent the last few years committed to various projects and I’m now looking forward to focusing on this new challenge and working with coaching staff and players ahead of a big season.”

Smith’s role is effective immediately with the Brisbane Roar squad returning to training on Monday following its off-season break.

This article first appeared on the World Game titled ‘Smith ready to Roar in new coaching role‘, on 30 June, 2014.