Bentleigh Greens are proud to announce the appointment of Alfredo Costantino as the club’s first-ever full-time senior coach.
Following an extensive process in which the club was inundated with applications, the Greens have welcomed Alfredo to our Club.
A UEFA A-Licensed coach, Alfredo arrives at the Greens with a wealth of coaching experiences across youth and senior football, making him the perfect candidate to continue the club’s proud history of success whilst also helping to develop the next generation of Greens talent.
Alfredo said it was an honour to be appointed as the club’s head coach and was excited to lead the Greens into the 2023 season.
“It’s such a prestigious club,” he said.
“It’s one of the best in Victoria and even Australia, and I am honoured and proud to be the club’s Senior Coach.
“I want to say thank you to the president, committee and board for trusting me. We have similar ideas for football, and now we must all push in the same direction to the best we can.
“We want to help develop the next players to help them reach the highest levels they can whilst also maintaining the club’s current record of success.”
Alfredo joins the Dockerty Cup champions as the club’s first full-time senior coach, a detail that he says will provide more time for him to focus on the finer points of the club’s senior set-up, as well as working with individual players.
“I believe the club has been brave in this vision, and I think it’s a good thing for the future to want to employ a full-time coach,” he said.
“Working with the rest of the football department, being full-time gives more time for the details and the difficult job of helping players to be their best.
“For players to improve, you need to have the time to speak to them and work with them on the specific parts of their game, whether they are a defender, a midfielder or an attacker. We want to help our players be the best they can be.”
With the appointment secured, Alfredo said his priority was meeting the playing group.
“It’s essential for me to meet the players and to maintain this group’s ability because this is what makes the difference,” he said.
“The players are the foundation; they are the base for success. We need to maintain the group spirit, and we need to work together to continue to achieve success for the club.”
Alfredo has enjoyed a storied football career in Victoria and abroad.
Following a 13-year professional playing career in Italy, Alfredo turned to coaching, with his first appointment as Assistant Coach at then Serie C outfit Taranto Calcio in 2002.
Following a range of youth development roles with the likes of Italian Football Federation and AS Roma – which brought him to Melbourne – his first senior coaching role was with the Bulleen Lions in 2009.
In his time within the Victorian football system, he has coached teams to a league title and several promotions.