By Craig MacKenzie
SOUTHERN United Soccer Club has named Theresa Deas as president and Stuart Munro as head coach. It is one of eight clubs contesting next year’s inaugural Victorian Women’s National Premier League competition.
Deas is a former Matilda’s goalkeeper who made her Victorian state debut aged 14 and her international debut at 17. She was inducted into Football Federation Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Football Federation Victoria equivalent in 2011.
Married with two daughters she has managed the national women’s team, Victorian state teams, is a former director of Women’s Soccer Victoria, worked as a women’s football development officer and project officer and sat on the FFV women’s standing committee.
Munro has had a celebrated career as a professional footballer and as a coach. The Scot played with St Mirren and Alloa before establishing himself with Glasgow giant Rangers where he played for seven years. He also played with English clubs Blackburn Rovers and Bristol City before coming to Australia in 1997 to join Sydney United.
Munro has coached Gippsland Falcons, Carlton, Parramatta Power, South Melbourne, Oakleigh Cannons and Dandenong Thunder and has been assistant coach of Perth Glory.
Southern United is expected to announce the rest of its coaching staff shortly.