South West Queensland Thunder has scored a coup ahead of the 2019 National Premier Leagues season signing Thiago Kosloski as NPL Technical Director and Senior Men’s Coach.
Born in Brazil, Kosloski played the majority of his professional playing career in his homeland and also had stints in the Middle East. Since retiring as a professional footballer, he has focused on his development as a coach and educator, completing his Bachelor of Physical Education and coaching qualifications including the CONMEBOL “A” Licence. Kosloski boasts an impressive coaching CV having worked with Brazilian Clubs such as Ole Brasil, Botafogo SP and Atletico Pernambucano in roles as Head Coach and Academy Director. He rounds out his diverse CV with a role in developing Kazakhstan’s junior talent at the Ole Brasil academy, taking this team to 4th place in the Kazakhstan top flight with FC Bayterek.
Since moving to Toowoomba with his family in 2017, Kosloski has coached in the SWQ Thunder SAP Program in addition to mentoring the Clubs U16 Boys Team. This has provided a great introduction to the Queensland NPL. “I see much potential in junior football players in this Country. As Technical Director, our coaches will be focusing on improving technique, and I hope to enable our players to develop a greater understanding of game awareness and the importance of decision making”.
In addition to mentoring the Junior Coaches, Kosloski will oversee the Senior Football Program in conjunction with our U18 and U20 Coaches. “I aim to build on the great season by our Senior Team last Season. We have retained the core of our talented homegrown players and hope to make some key signings in the next couple of months. This may include a Visa Player that will bring some experience to a young squad”.
Thunder Chairperson Mandy Adams is excited by the appointment, which reinforces the Club’s focus on linking with the best possible coaches to guide the region’s young footballing talent. “Thiago was selected for the role from a very high-quality pool of applicants, and it is reassuring to know that there is significant interest from highly qualified applicants. This reflects how far we have come as a Club in our short history”. I would also like to express our sincere thanks to outgoing Head Coach Francesco Zanoncelli. Francesco did an outstanding job last season, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors".
Kosloski will commence working with our coaches immediately planning the junior boys trials that commence in October.