Adelaide City FC is pleased to announce the establishment today of two new Junior Development positions; Junior Head Technical Director and Junior High Performance Director. Additionally, Adelaide City FC is pleased to announce the appointment to these positions of Rick Cerracchio and Serge Melta respectively.
The position of Junior Head Technical Director will oversee all aspects of junior player development at Adelaide City FC including coach education. The position of Junior High Performance Director will take control of the specialist coaching which will be offered at the club from next season
“This initiative signals another significant step forward in junior coaching and development at Adelaide City FC” stated Junior Football Chairman Greg Slack. “With so many young players eager to enjoy, learn and improve, it is incumbent upon our club to offer the best training and playing environment, with the best coaching and development opportunities possible. Today’s announcement is another substantial step to continuously improving coaching standards and establishing these aims in 2017” he added.
Cerracchio brings to the position a wealth of experience and knowledge in the sport spanning several decades. As a player he took to the park in FFSA competition before moving to Collingwood Warriors in the National Soccer League. C License accredited, Cerracchio’s coaching CV covers youth, SAWSA Women, Amateur League, through to more recently NPL Senior Coach at Metro Stars before moving to Adelaide City FC as u18 and Assistant Senior Coach.
“Significant progress has been made of late regarding the club’s direction with some great learnings taken from recent experiences. City as a club has recognised the need to “Better Ourselves” and with this approach have made some calculated decisions to structure a progressive pathway from Zebra Foals to Under 17 level and beyond” he confirmed. Cerracchio will oversee all junior teams and coaches, and continue to coach the U12 JSL next season.
Having committed the past 18 months to junior development more broadly as Technical Director at Adelaide City, Serge Melta will now move to the specialised role of Junior High Performance Director. Melta played 22 years at City, and was a key figure in much successes of the time, being described as a dynamic midfielder with a superb work ethic. Achievements included three National Championships, two Cup victories – one of those as captain, and NSL player of the year in 1986. In all, Melta played in excess of 500 games for the club, 445 league games and some 65 cup matches, as well as being capped for the Socceroos before his playing retirement in 1996. The winner of the FFSA‘s Player Of The Year is awarded the Sergio Melta Medal in tribute to Melta’s contribution to football in South Australia. He is honoured in both the FFA and FFSA Hall of Fame.
After his playing career, he coached at the South Australian Sports Institute before returning to Adelaide City FC managing the Youth Team. He subsequently travelled to Europe and attained his UEFA A coaching licence. Upon his return he coached at a number of clubs including the youth program, and as assistant senior coach, at Adelaide United. “I am very pleased to now focus on the development of high performance for young players at Adelaide City,” enthused Melta. “With the expanding dedication to coaching, coach and player learning, and now high performance, Adelaide City aims to offer an improved standard and quantity of coaching. Our club wants to provide development opportunities for current youth players to follow in the footsteps of Adelaide United’s Ben Garuccio, Melbourne City’s Bruce Kamau, and Stefan Mauk, who now plays for NEC in the Dutch Eredivisie, who not so long ago graced the parks at Unley Rd as Adelaide City juniors” he added.
“We are delighted to bring on the acumen and passion of Rick Cerracchio and combine with Serge Melta’s outstanding knowledge and experience to build on Adelaide City FC’s coaching staff. Together, they will add substantially to the ever growing standard and coaching capability of the club” confirmed Slack.
Cerracchio and Melta will commence in their new roles forthwith and move to implement positive change and enhancements for the 2017 new year.