KICKING GOALS: Maroochydore Women’s Soccer coach Andrew Thrift with some of his team.
KICKING GOALS: Maroochydore Women’s Soccer coach Andrew Thrift with some of his team. John Mccutcheon

Acclaimed coach Andrew Thrift generous with praise

SHOUTING at his players in a sweaty team room at half-time has never been Women's Premier League football coach Andrew Thrift's style.

He prefers praise.

And his technique obviously works because his women's team isn't just top of the table, he has also been awarded Queensland Football Federation's coach of the year.

For the past three years Thrift has won the Sunshine Coast Football's Premier Women's Coach of the Year award, but the latest accolade means he is the best coach overall.

Thrift started coaching seven years ago and picked the girls' team over the boys for one simple reason - his favourite players were his daughters.

"My eldest, Courtney, wanted to play first division in Maroochydore back then," Thrift said.

"I picked up her team."

Thrift, who works as a software consultant by day, has also played soccer for 25 years.

His approach in getting the best out of his 32 "ladies" - who range in age between 16 and 40 - has always been to look for ways to praise his players.

"We have a good core group for the last five years. Praise is one of my big things."

Thrift won a trip to a Brisbane Roar game to receive his coach of the year award.


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