South Melbourne FC would like to announce the re-signing of Senior Women’s Coach Socrates Nicolaides for the 2017 NPL Victoria Season.
Nicolaides has played a large part in the club’s success over recent seasons, with the Senior Women winning three titles in a row. The success and style of football that Nicolaides has implemented into our senior women’s team has also filtered down to the youngest female teams and he can be attributed with the progress of our football throughout all of our age groups.
With this in mind, the Club is excited to have Socrates launch us into the new era as our inaugural Women’s PS4 National Premier Leagues Senior Coach.
Many South fans will remember Nicolaides in his time as a young footballer at our club, playing mainly as an attacking fullback. He was the youngest player to make his first-team debut for SMFC in the NSL (two days shy of his 16th birthday), coming off the bench to replace George Campbell against Adelaide City at Middle Park on 13 August 1978. ‘Soc’ made 37 NSL appearances for SMFC and scored two goals but unfortunately his time on the pitch was restricted due to injuries.
Speaking to smfc.com.au, Head of Women’s Football Gabrielle Giuliano was excited to have Socrates lead the club during this exciting period. “Socrates has been not just an outstanding coach but a wonderful person leading our club over the past few years and we are once again extremely pleased to have as senior team coach. With a strong squad being formed in the background, we are excited about returning to the top level of Victorian football in 2017.”
We wish Socrates all the best for 2017 and beyond.