Flinders Directors of Coaching Biographies


Flinders’ world-class Directors of Coaching encourage our students to participate in sport and reach their potential. The Directors of Coaching also provide support to the many teachers-in-charge of sport and parents who volunteer as coaches and managers across the various sporting teams and affiliated Finders Clubs. The focus at Flinders is for every student to feel supported to have a go at their chosen sports and to develop characteristics such as determination, resilience and sportsmanship.

To learn more about the mission for our Directors of Coaching, visit our Website News and read the story here.

Image caption: (Left to right) Flinders’ Directors of Coaching – Lauren Nourse (netball), Rod Davison (cricket), Francis Donders (basketball), Dean Carelse (water polo and rugby), Peter Jones (volleyball) and Paul Arnison (soccer). Note – Jodie Kenny (hockey) absent.

Francis Donders – Director of Basketball
Originally from Eindhoven/Holland, Francis started playing basketball competitively at eight years old. A few years later, she was selected to play for the Dutch National Team and continued to play for the National Team for over 12 years. Basketball has given her many amazing opportunities all over the world. For over 10 years, she played as a professional athlete in many countries including Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Poland, London and Belarus. Throughout her basketball career, Francis collected many team and individual accolades, championships and national cups.

Some of her most memorable accomplishments include:

  • winning the European championship with her national team in 2009, where she was awarded European Point Guard of the year
  • making the game-winning shot in the German playoffs to collect a bronze medal in 2013
  • winning the double – both the national cup and the national championship – in Minsk, Belarus, to be also rewarded with a spot in the All-Star team and Best Point Guard in 2016.  –
  • winning a Silver medal in the European Baltic League against Russia in 2017
  • winning a Bronze medal in the German National Cup 2018.

For the last few years, Francis has been combining playing professionally in Europe and QBL in Australia. She has been named QBL best 3-point shooter 2016 and QBL defensive player of the year 2017. Throughout her playing career Francis has always worked with kids and has been a basketball skills coach everywhere she’s played. Over the last 10+ years she has worked with many young athletes, enhancing not just their basketball skills and confidence, but also their fitness, physical abilities, speed, strength and conditioning. She loves to see young athletes set goals and work hard to achieve them – however big or small they may seem. Recently, Francis completed a sport development and personal training diploma to enhance players’ performance. To continue to develop and also to provide better support for young athletes, she has decided to study Psychology at USC with a keen interest in sport psychology/sport performance, fitness, health, exercise, self-confidence, anxiety and motivation. Francis is excited to be building the skills and the profile of basketball across the College. She finds it very rewarding to train and coach the young athletes of all skill levels and ages and enjoys being a part of the wonderful community at Flinders.

Rodney Davison – Director of Cricket
As a cricket player, Rod represented New South Wales in 39 First Class and 7 List A matches between 1993 and 2000, being selected primarily as an opening batsman but also a specialist short-leg fielder and part-time leg spinner. Highlights including scoring a century on debut versus Tasmania in November 1993, being awarded Cricket NSW Fielder of the Year in 1993/94 and hitting three consecutive centuries during the 1997/98 season. Throughout 20 seasons of Premier 1st Grade Cricket from 1985/86 to 2005/06, Rod accumulated over 13,500 runs and compiled a total 30 centuries.

As a cricket coach, Rod has progressed from Cricket Australia Community Level 1 Coach in 1985 to Representative Level 2 Coach in 1995 to High Performance Level 3 Coach in 2015/16. Between 2011 to 2018, Rod successfully led John Paul College’s Cricket Program as both Director and Senior First XI Coach. Highlights included coaching the JPC Senior First XI Cricket team to 6 consecutive Premiership victories in The Associated Schools competition from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, Rod coordinated and led overseas cricket tours to India in April 2013, the United Kingdom in June/July of 2015 plus New Zealand in January 2017. In December 2018, he successfully coached the Metropolitan East Schools 13-15 Years Boys Cricket team to win the Queensland Schools’ Championship held in Mackay.

In the capacity of Director of Coaching and Teacher in Charge of Cricket at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Rod intends to establish an excellence program for cricket, which will complement existing Flinders Cricket Club and College-based teams. Additional development opportunities will be provided through establishing Talent Squad programs for identified senior and junior male and female players, incorporating specialist coaching as well as strength and conditioning training.

Rod will oversee additional cricket fixtures being added to the school calendar and scheduled against identified club and/or school teams where home/away matches can be played on an annual basis and the competitive rivalry is challenging. Rod will also look to provide further opportunities through organising quality coaching clinics scheduled in the school holidays, as well as coordinating future overseas cricket tours for Flinders cricket players (i.e. New Zealand in January 2021 and United Kingdom in June/July 2023). Coach education is a passion of Rod’s and it is also his goal to provide quality workshops, mentoring and upskilling opportunities for Flinders Cricket Coaches leading into each club cricket summer season.

Jodie Kenny – Director of Hockey
Jodie is one of the captains of the 2020 National Hockey Squad and has played more than 220 games for the Hockeyroos since debuting in 2011. Jodie has competed in two Olympic Games (London, 2012 and Rio, 2016), has won a Commonwealth Games Gold Medal (Glascow, 2014) and a Silver Medal (Gold Coast, 2018), and won a Silver Medal at the Hockey World Cup in 2014.

Jodie has been named Hockeyroo of the Year three times; Highest Goal Scorer four times; and nominated for World Player of the Year. As part of the 2nd ranked team in the world, Jodie hopes to help lead the team to a podium finish in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the Rio Olympic Games, Jodie took a year’s sabbatical from hockey to have her son, Harrison, and is currently juggling being a mum and an elite athlete. Besides spending time with family and training, Jodie is studying to become a primary school teacher, specialising in health and physical education. She believes that sport can shape a person’s life for the better, not only for the physical benefits but also the academic, social, emotional and psychological benefits that can be gained by participating in sport. She loves encouraging and inspiring children to start, continue or strive to become successful athletes. In her new role at Flinders, she hopes to bring her wealth of knowledge of hockey, along with an understanding of what it takes to become an elite athlete, how to set goals, and how to manage and juggle commitments from sport through to academics.

Lauren Nourse – Director of Netball
As a netballer, Lauren represented Australia as a member of the Diamonds from 2007 – 2011 and is a World Championship Gold Medallist and a Commonwealth Games Silver medalist. She played for the QLD Firebirds from 2004 – 2012 and Captained the team from 2010 – 2012.

Lauren has been at Flinders coaching and co-ordinating all College netball since 2014 and over this time has had many highlights including: 3 Primary Schools Cup Gold Medal winning teams; 2 Vicki Wilson Cup State-wide Championships and 2 QISSN Gold Medals as well as many success within all age groups in our Monday Night Schools Netball Competition here on the Sunshine Coast.

In her role of Director of Coaching and Teacher in Charge of Netball, Lauren encourages participation and enjoyment for all netballers of all abilities. She loves to encourage girls to be healthy and active in a team environment and to provide everyone an opportunity to excel in sport. She looks forward to contributing further in her role as Director of the Flinders Elite Athlete Program. Lauren to oversee the program and work one-on-one with the students to ascertain their needs and the support that can be provided to help them achieve within their sport and academically.

Dean Carelse – Director of Rugby
As a school’s rugby coach, Dean Carelse has coached at the highest level in South Africa in a career spanning over 17 years. After working his way up the ranks as an age group coach at Grey High School, he took over as 1st team head coach from 2008 – 2011. During this period, he became the youngest coach in South African history to reach the number 1 ranking on the Top 100 South African 1st XV list – a ranking achieved on numerous occasions and a first for Grey High School. Provincially, he was selected as coach of the Craven Week 7’s team as well as earning numerous coaching and selection responsibilities at provincial level.

Whilst coaching full time, Dean continued to play rugby and represented both the University of Stellenbosch and Nelson Mandela University. As an open side flank, he also represented his province at age group level and was later included in the Eastern Cape Provincial Invitational XV.

After coaching at Grey High School, Dean moved to Durban, where he took over as 1st team coach at one of the leading rugby schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Westville Boys High School. After taking Westville to a Top 5 Ranking in the Top 100 South African 1st XV rankings for the first time, Dean moved back to Port Elizabeth where he was appointed as Director of Rugby and 1st team Coach at Pearson High School, one of the top co-educational schools in the country. Some of his successes during this three-year period included a 60% growth in rugby playing numbers, a Top 20 South African 1st XV ranking, a significant increase in representative players, player development across all levels as well as a revised fixture list which saw the school compete against some of the best schools in the country.

Dean has obtained several coaching accreditations which include World Rugby Level 1 and 2, IRB Level 1 and 2, South African Rugby 1, 2 and 3 and was facilitator for numerous local coaching courses in South Africa as well as numerous Sports Psychology recognitions. Throughout his 11 years as a 1st team Rugby Coach and Director of Rugby, Dean has shaped 51 Provincial Age group representatives as well as 5 South African Schools Players. He believes that coaching should also provide a platform for players to excel after school and by doing so instilling the qualities needed to achieve this. Having said the above, Dean has produced 7 full Springboks including the current Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi whom he coached for 4 out of his 5 years at High School Level. Together with his 7 Springboks, Dean has produced 15 Super Rugby Players, 4 other Rugby Internationals as well as 4 South African U20 World Cup Players, including 2 Captains – Jan Serfontein and Jeremy Ward.

Being new to Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Dean hopes to take Rugby to the next level whilst instilling the positive values, morals and principles associated with being a team player. He hopes to create an environment of excellence for all our players to thrive in whilst lifting their skill levels and understanding of the game. He aims to provide opportunities within the rugby club for players of all abilities to gain the most out of the program and to support the spirit of excellence and endeavour of the College – all whilst enjoying the game of rugby.

Paul Arnison – Director of Soccer 
Paul Arnison played professional soccer in the UK for almost 20 years for teams such as Newcastle United in the English Premier League where he captained the reserve team for almost three years. While he did not break into the first team, which at the time included several world class and international players such as Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, David Ginola, John Barnes and managers of calibre such as Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, he appreciated the opportunity to train and be coached by them on a daily basis.

In 2000, Paul moved on to his hometown team, Hartlepool United, where he made his professional debut at the age of 21, scoring for the first time the following week. Paul then played for Carlisle United for six years. Achievement included relegations, promotions, cup finals at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales in front of 50,000 fans – a time of his life he will never forget. Unfortunately, his team lost to Swansea City that day but to play in a Big Cup Final in front of family and friends and thousands of screaming fans was a fantastic experience.

Paul left Carlisle United at the age of 30 and had a knee operation which kept him off the field for three months during that time. Paul was then picked up for Bradford City before moving to Darlington FC, his final professional club in the United Kingdom.

Paul had many highs and lows at Darlington. He says he could write a book with some of the stories from his time there. Paul says one of the best moments in his career was playing at the new Wembley Stadium (England’s National Stadium ) in a non-League Cup Final. Paul fondly remembers walking his two sons – who were club mascots – out alongside him. To then win the game in the last minute of extra time and to walk up the famous Wembley steps to lift the trophy just made the occasion that little bit more special for him.

In 2013, Paul and his family emigrated to Australia and settled on the Sunshine Coast. He coached and played at the Sunshine Coast Fire for three years, played for Noosa FC and then Caboolture FC. Paul decided to hang up the boots and give something back to this favourite game which has served him well from the age of 16 to the day before his 40th birthday.

Paul now runs Paul Arnison’s Soccer Skills Clinics, coaches Flinders Football and at the beginning of 2019 took the Head Coaches role at the Sunshine Wanderers Soccer Club who recently won promotion to the Queensland National Premier League.

Paul says, “In my Director of Coaching role here at Matthew Flinders Anglican College, I run training sessions during lunch time to get the kids out enjoying kicking a soccer ball around. In Terms 1 and 4 we have our SCISSA programs for both boys and girls and in recent times participation numbers have increased greatly. We are beginning to get great turnouts for training and that shows in the game play. We are now competing with St Andrews and Suncoast Christian College in grand finals, which demonstrates the great work from all soccer coaches/staff. I love my job coaching soccer. We have such great talent here on the Sunshine Coast and I get great satisfaction from seeing the kids enjoying football and playing with a smile on their faces.”

Peta Rogerson – Director of Touch Football
Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Peta had a love for all sports but excelled in the sport of Touch Football.  She played at an elite level representing Australia from 2005 – 2015. Peta was Vice Captain of the Australian Women’s Open Team and Captain of the Queensland and Sunshine Coast Women’s Open teams. During her elite playing career Peta played in 3 World Cups and over 54 International games. She has also always given back to the sport in coaching roles.

Peta has coached the under 15s Sunshine Coast School Girls, Under 18s Sunshine Coast School Girls, Under 18s Queensland School Girls, Sunshine Coast Women’s Open and various local affiliate club development teams. In her new role as Touch Football Director of Coaching for Matthew Flinders College Peta aims to encourage students to get involved in sport.

She is a strong believer of sport complimenting students academia and general life skills by building self confidence, teamwork, discipline and self efficacy.  She looks forward to working with students of all abilities and providing a pathway for students to play Touch Football at an elite representative level. More importantly Peta wants to provide students with a positive sporting role model.

Peter Jones – Director of Volleyball
Peter Jones has represented Australia in both Indoor and Beach Volleyball at various events between 1992 to 2007. After winning the Most Valuable Player award at the 1995 National Indoor Volleyball Championships, he travelled to California, USA to focus on Beach Volleyball. He ranked #3 on the Australian Beach Volleyball Series in 2003 and obtained a World Ranking of #72 and later focused on establishing a community and pathway for youth and adults in Melbourne called ‘Vic Beach’. 

Throughout this time, he has coached a number of National Junior Beach Volleyball champions, including Commonwealth Games champion Damian Schumann and then went on to coach Natalie Cook and Tamsin Barnett to the London Olympic Games with Gold Medal coach, Steve Anderson.

Peter is keen to increase student engagement and experience of the sport by building continuity in the delivery of coaching from Year 7 to 12. Students need to be confident if they are to become successful and the intention of the Volleyball program is to build confidence in children through the game of volleyball.

Dean Carelse – Director of Water Polo
Dean Carelse has been involved in South African Waterpolo at both National and Provincial level for almost 20 years. As a player, Dean was a South African Schools National Age Group player for eight years and was a Premier League Men’s player prior to joining Flinders. During his coaching career, Dean continued to play at a high level and was selected to represent his Province at Premier level on numerous occasions.

On a managerial front, Dean served as Provincial Schools Chairman for seven years and worked on the South African Schools LOC Executive. Additionally, Dean led two International Tours as well as coordinating 12 Provincial Rep Tours (Boys and Girls U13 to U19 at A and B team level) to the annual Inter-Provincial Tournament which featured 1,300 players.

Throughout his 17 years of coaching experience, Dean has been involved in a vast array of levels from school, provincial to International level. He has coached in two Provinces, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal, and was selected as head coach for both. In 2016, Dean was selected as part of the South African Schools U18A Waterpolo coaching team that won a series against the Australian Schools Waterpolo team. In 2017, he was again selected to coach his country, this time as coach of the South African U17 Waterpolo team that competed at the annual CANA Tournament. On both occasions these teams were undefeated.

As a provincial Age group head coach (U14 to U19), Dean competed in 12 Inter-provincial tournaments, winning medals in 9 of these. He is also an 8-time South African Schools Medallist and a 13-time South African Schools Age group Champion.

In the capacity of Flinders Director of Coaching for Water Polo, Dean aims to grow the sport throughout the College whilst creating an atmosphere where players of all abilities can thrive. Focal points will include skill upliftment and game awareness whilst providing an environment of excellence where players are confident in their approach to development. Extension opportunities will also be introduced to enhance the level of elite players. Aiming to achieve all of the above, whilst maintaining an holistic approach to the sport.