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Coach profile: Reens

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.