Erini “Reens” Gianakopoulos is a long-time MUGAR, who in 2017 returned to the club as the Division 3 coach and in 2018 co-coached the Senior Reserves to a Premiership. We caught up with her (pre-premiership) to find out about her footy credentials as well as her life outside the game.
What is your footy background?
1981-2000: Backyard expert
2000-2008: Melbourne Uni player
2003 and 2008: Melbourne Uni Reserves Coach
2017: Melbourne Uni Division 3 Coach
How did you get involved with the MUGARS? Clea Smith asked me to fill in for a game in the 2s in 2000. Once they saw my cherry picking ability from the goal square, I was signed up on a long-term contract.
What is your coaching/footy philosophy? Has this changed at all over time? To develop and lead a culture of unity, fun, integrity and constant learning. I wouldn’t say it’s changed over time, but rather something that’s evolved as I’ve evolved (fancy term for getting old).
Footy highlights, either coaching or playing?
Co-coaching the 2003 Reserves Premiership
Playing in the 2005 Seniors Premiership
Assisting in the writing of the current club song (by “assisting” I mean I cooked dinner for those who wrote the lyrics)
Returning to the club in 2017 💪
What do you do/like to do outside of footy? I work in the Video Production team at Cricket Australia and am studying a Diploma of Film. I love to cook, eat, feed people and drink coffee.