Socceroo, Brisbane Roar captain and BGS Old Matt McKay '00 has returned to the School almost two decades after graduating to take on the role as First XI football head coach.
He will run out for the Brisbane Roar in their A-League season opener this Sunday just days after visiting BGS this week to meet with prospective 2019 First XI players.
Since winning GPS football premierships in 1999 and 2000 with BGS, McKay went on to enjoy a standout professional career, playing for the Socceroos 59 times, including at the World Cup. For the Roar he is a club legend, captaining the team to their first A-League championship and premiership in 2011. He has played in 11 of the franchise's 13-seasons and amassed close to 300 games in all for competitions the club.
McKay said he was excited to be back at BGS and taking over from another school sporting legend, Mark Brusasco '77. “I think it's a good fit," he said. “I've picked up a lot playing under different coaches and all over the world. I've always had the ambition to help out and am a massive fan of Mark Brusasco who coached me when I played at the School."
“I played with the Firsts in Year 10, 11 and 12 and we were very successful in 1999 and 2000. Mark taught me the importance of respect. I remember questioning his authority at one point and he quickly put me in my place. He was able to get the best out of every player and get all the boys to play to their potential."
McKay complimented Director of Football Greg Di-Losa on the successful BGS football program, which has won every individual day of GPS football competition overall for eight years in a row. He will aim to translate that consistency at all levels of the GPS competition to success in the First XI competition.