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Gareth Nevin Turnbull

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Gareth Turnbull
Personal information
Full name Gareth Nevin Turnbull
Date of birth (1983-02-16) 16 February 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory FC (W-League) (Assistant Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2006 Western A.F.C.
2004-2006 Catawba College
2006-2009 Mainland Pride
2008–2015 Coastal Spirit FC
Teams managed
2009–2013 Coastal Spirit FC
2010-2013 NZ Secondary schools
2013–2015 Canterbury United Pride
2015–2016 New Zealand women's national under-17 football team
2017- New Zealand women's national under-20 football team
2017 New Zealand women's national football team (Interim)
2018 New Zealand women's national football team (Assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Gareth Nevin Turnbull (born 16 February 1983) is a New Zealand football coach who was previously the interim co coach of the New Zealand Football women's National team.[1][2][3] as well as the Future Ferns Domestic Programme Academy Manager [4]. Turnbull has held a role with various NZ Football teams and currently holds the NZF/OFC A Licence. Turnbull is currently the Melbourne Victory FC (W-League) assistant coach [5]

Playing career[edit]

Turnbull played in the NZ National League for Canterbury United from 2006-2009, winning the teams golden boot award in 2008/09 season.

Turnbull played multiple seasons in the Mainland Premier League for both Western and Coastal Sprit, winning the golden boot and striker of the year on two separate occasions. He also played in the US college system for Catawba college for two years from 2004-2006[6][7]

Coaching Career[edit]

Turnbull began his coaching journey whilst completing his playing career. Initially working with Mainland Footballs youth teams it was once he began working as a Football Development Manager for Coastal Sprit Football Club he took over as the premier women's head coach. He went on to lead that side to multiple regional and national titles before landing the Canterbury United Pride head coaching role. Turnbull and his staff lead the Pride to win their inaugural National Women's League title in 2013 and then defended it in 2014[8]. Turnbull also coached the NZ Secondary Schools team[9] from 2013-2015.

Turnbull was announced as head coach of the New Zealand under 17 women's national team[10] in preparation for the 2015 OFC U16 championship. The side went on to win the tournament and qualify comfortably for the 2016 FIFA U17 women's World Cup in Jordan. Despite not progressing out of the group at the World Cup, New Zealand recorded a 5-0 victory over hosts Jordan[11], which is the greatest ever victory margin by any NZ Football National team (mens or women's) at any age at a FIFA event.

In 2017 Turnbull was appointed the Manager of the Football Ferns Development Programme as well as the New Zealand under 20 women's national team in preparation for the 2017 OFC U19 championship.

The FFDP as it is referred to is a centralised academy environment for the best domestic females players in NZ. Operated in line with any professional academy, Turnbull overseas all areas of the programme as well as acting as the head coach. The programme is viewed by many as a success as it has helped eight players graduate into full-time professional football contracts[12][13] in Europe, as well as supported the performances of the New Zealand Football U17, U20 and Football Ferns teams. Six of the starting XI from the NZ U17 women's national team in 2018, who finished an incredible third at the 2018 FIFA U17 Women's World Cup in Uruguay,[14] were involved in the FFDP in 2018.

The NZF U20 went on to win the OFC qualification tournament and qualify[15] comfortably for the 2018 FIFA U20 women's World Cup in France[16]. Despite not progressing out of the group at the World Cup with losses to Holland[17] and Ghana[18], New Zealand recorded a 0-0 draw[19] hosts & tournament favourites France, which is regarded as a significant result at this level.

In November 2017, after the resignation of then Football Ferns coach Tony Readings, Turnbull was appointed Interim Co Coach of the Football Ferns[20] [21] for their upcoming tour of Thailand. The Ferns achieved a 0-0 draw in the first game of the tour followed by a 5-0 victory[22] in the second. This result is the largest victory recorded by the Football Ferns outside of Oceania opposition. After the successful tour, Turnbull was appointed as the full-time assistant coach[23][24] of the Football Ferns, in addition to his existing FFDP and U20 roles. Turnbull, who also attended the 2016 Summer Olympic Games as a development coach with the Football Ferns would complete tours in February 2018 [25] against Scotland and in July against Japan, before resigning from the assistant coach role to focus on his duties with the FFDP and U20s.

In November 2019 Turnbull took up the position of Assistant Coach[26] at Melbourne Victory FC (W-League) for the 2019–20 W-League. Melbourne Victory FC took part in the inaugural 2019 AFC Women's Club Championship where Turnbull was hosted by the Australian embassy commemorating the event [27]

Managerial Achievements[edit]

Marian College

  • NZ National Secondary Schools National Tournament Champions: 2009

Coastal Spirit

  • Mainland Premier Women's League Champions: 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Reta Fitzpatrick Knockout: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • NZF National Knockout Cup Winners: 2013

New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls

  • Dean Lowe Trans Tasman Trophy Winners: 2013

Mainland Pride

  • NZ National Women's League Champions: 2013, 2014

New Zealand U17

  • OFC U17 Championship Champions: 2016
  • FIFA U17 Women's World Cup: 2016

New Zealand U20

  • OFC U19 Championship Champions: 2017
  • FIFA U20 Women's World Cup: 2018

New Zealand Football Ferns

  • 2016 Summer Olympic Games


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  2. "Football Ferns seeking a positive finish to a year of change as they take on Thailand". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  3. "Readings steps down". Oceania Football Confederation. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  4. "Inside the Football Ferns programme that aims to close the gap to the world's best". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  5. "Board & Staff". Melbourne Victory. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  6. "Turnbull garners SAC Men's Soccer Player of Week honors | GoCatawbaIndians.com". www.gocatawbaindians.com. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  7. "Turnbull Steps Down As Catawba Men's Soccer Coach; Cullen To Guide Both Teams". South Atlantic Conference. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  8. "Mainland Pride retain ASB Women's League Title". STUFF.co.nz. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  9. "NZSS Girls Representative Teams". NZSS. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  10. "Gareth Turnbull named NZ women's Under-17 football coach". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  11. "Blake scores hat-trick as Kiwis end on a high". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  12. "Ferns Duo go Pro". Oceania Football. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  13. "Kiwi age-group international Katie Rood signs with Italian club Juventus". Stuff. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  14. "Historic Wisnewski Strike leads Kiwis to Bronze". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  15. "New Zealand make it a clean sweep". Oceania Football. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  16. FIFA.com. "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2018 - News - New Zealand - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  17. "U-20 women denied by classy Dutch". www.nzfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  18. "U-20 women exit with heads high". www.centralfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  19. "U-20s hold France for remarkable result". Oceania Football. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  20. "Football Ferns seeking a positive finish to a year of change as they take on Thailand". STUFF.co.nz. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  21. "Turnbull - We're here to win". NZ Football. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  22. "Football Ferns too good for Thailand". NZ Football. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  23. "New Football Ferns coach open to a return for retired defender Abby Erceg". STUFF.co.nz. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  24. "Heraf named as new Ferns Coach". www.nzfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  25. "Football Ferns take stock after 'disappointing' tour ends in second defeat". STUFF.co.nz. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  26. "Board & Staff". Melbourne Victory. Retrieved 2019-12-02.
  27. "Melbourne Victory hosted at the Australian Embassy for AFC Women's Club Championship". Melbourne Victory. Retrieved 2019-12-02.

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