W-League: Montemurro named coach

Joe Montemurro has been appointed coach of Melbourne Victory's Westfield W-League squad for the 2014/2015 season.

Joe Montemurro has been appointed coach of Melbourne Victory's Westfield W-League squad for the 2014/2015 season.

Football Federation Victoria (FFV) confirmed the appointment on Friday.

Melbourne Victory is the reigning Westfield W-League champion, recording an impressive 2-0 grand final triumph against Brisbane Roar in February.

Montemurro replaces David Edmondson, who departed as season's end to take up the senior coaching role with FA Women's Super League team Bristol Academy Women in England.

"Joe (Montemurro) has outstanding qualifications, a proven track record of success as a coach and a deep understanding of Victorian football at all levels," FFV Chief Executive Officer Mitchell Murphy said.

"I am particularly delighted we've chosen a home-grown Victorian coach and this appointment should send a clear message that FFV is fully committed to providing a pathway and opportunities for coaches that aspire to coach at the national level.

"I'm confident under Joe's leadership we'll give our title defence a real shake and we'll also be in a position in the very near future to announce the team's major sponsors for the 2014 season."

Montemurro, currently FFV's coach of the National Training Centre U17 squad that competes in the Sportsmart Women's Premier League, is looking forward to the challenge.

"It's a great honour to be appointed as coach of the current champions and I look forward to continuing the success that is now part of the culture in the group," Montemurro said.

Matildas defender Stephanie Catley will be captain of Melbourne Victory again next season.

Due to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup being held in Australia, the Westfield W-League season will commence earlier than normal, with season kick-off scheduled for either September 6 or 13 pending the completion of negotiations between Football Federation Australia and ABC Television.

Montemurro-s experience:

COACHING AFC/Football Federation Australia A Licence holder UEFA A Licence holder - FIGC (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio) UEFA PRO June 2014 - FIGC Current NTC Women's Head Coach, FFV Head Coach and Academy Technical Director, FC Port Moresby, Telekom National Soccer League, Papua New Guinea (OFC Champions League qualifications) - 2013 VPL Seniors Assistant Coach, South Melbourne FC - 2010-2012 Head Coach, FFV U14 Metro Senior Skilleroos - 2012 Coach, SAP Foundation squads, FFV - 2010-2012 Head Coach, FFV U14 Country - 2011 U21 VPL Head Coach, South Melbourne FC (champion) - 2010 Head Coach, North West Wanderers, Victorian Champions League - 2009-2010 VPL Seniors Head Coach, Coburg United (Hume City FC) - 2009 State League 1 Seniors Head Coach, Coburg United (Hume City FC, champion) - 2008 VPL Seniors Head Coach, Sunshine George Cross - 2006-2007 U21 VPL Head Coach, South Melbourne FC (champion) - 2003-2005 Head Coach, FFV Victorian U15 Country, National Championships Sydney - 2004 NSL Youth Head Coach, Melbourne Knights FC (Southern Division runner-up) - 2001-2003 U21 VPL Head Coach, Green Gully SC (runner-up) - 2001

PLAYING CAREER Opitergina Treviso, Italy Lega Pro/C2 Interregionale - 1991-1995 Brunswick Juventus, State League Victoria - 1990 U.S Potenza youth team, Italy - Allievi Nazionali - 1989 Neuchatel Xamax youth team, Switzerland - 1989 Brunswick Juventus. NSL, Australia - 1986-1988