The Players Coach is a local academy run by Alex Smith. He runs specific, tailored training sessions to players of all ages.
Born in England and raised in America, Alex has played football since he was 4 years old. He grew up playing in the local system in Houston, Texas. He then went on to work his way through the college system attending a perennial power in the NCAA Division 1, Southern Methodist University. After a failed trial in England, Alex decided to sign with MLS club FC Dallas. A year in the reserves and disillusioned with the business of football, Alex gave up the sport. Fast-forward 3 years and Alex moved to Cairns on a whim, not knowing what the future held for him. He started training again for fun with local Cairns club Marlin Coast and after meeting his now wife, moved to Sydney. His passion reignited, he signed with NSW Super League club Fraser Park FC were he was voted Super League Player of the Year. His form earned him a contract with Sydney Olympic FC in the NSW Premier League. After scoring 8 goals in the first 6 games, Smith was snapped up by Gold Coast United for the upcoming A-League season. After just 3 months, Smith was paid out his contract and told he was no longer needed. He returned to Sydney Olympic who were crowned Premiers, and also took out the Grand Final in which Smith scored. His performances earned him a trial at the Wellington Phoenix. Upon arriving in Wellington, Smith earned a contract which was later extended for 2 years. He played 40 games for the New Zealand club in the Hyundai A-League. After his second year finished, Smith signed with Oakleigh Cannons in the Victorian Premier League, scoring twice in 13 games. Tired of the business side of the game once again, Smith moved his family back to Cairns to play and coach with the FNQ Heat, a role he currently still holds. Alex has experience in many avenues of this great game. He came through the college system in America, an option becoming increasing available to young Australian footballers. He has played in 3 different Australian State leagues including Victoria, NSW, and currently Queensland. His experience at the professional level is no different, having played football all over the world including Australia's top competition, the Hyundai A-League. Having spent almost 6 years in Australia, Alex has developed a wide range of contacts within its football network. From players to coaches, directors to club presidents, he has a wide array of people to help recognise young talent from the Far North. Alex currently has an AFC/FFA C-License and is working towards a AFC/FFA B-License.
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Hey Everyone...after a hectic and unexpectedly long holidays I'm back in town and ready to get back into coaching. Please inbox me if anyone is interested in becoming a better footballer.
Had a great 2 days down in Innisfail...special thanks to all involved, here are some shots from the clinic
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