Canberra United are pleased to announce the appointment of Antoni Jagarinec as Head Coach of the club for the 2024/2025 Liberty A-League Season.

Jagarinec has been Assistant Coach at the club for the last two seasons, having been part of Rae Dower’s support staff in 2015/16 and 2016/17, and is well-known in Canberra Women’s footballing circles

A multiple-times Champion as Head Coach of Belconnen United, Jagarinec has trodden the pathway through the National Premier League Coaching ranks to accept the position in charge of United.

“Antoni was a standout amongst a very high calibre field of applicants for the job,” Canberra United CEO, Samantha Farrow, commented.

“He ticked all the boxes we were looking for as a leader for the team and his knowledge of the league and the playing group is an additional bonus for us. We are looking forward to working with him.”

A rising star on the Australian coaching scene, Jagarinec was born in Canberra and lived here all his life includes Belnorth, Belconnen United, and Tigers FC under his coaching CV and is currently assisting O’Connor Knights in their NPL campaign.

“It is an honour to be appointed as Head Coach of Canberra United,” Jagarinec said of his promotion.

“I have been a part of the Canberra football scene for a long time and feel that this is the right time for me to make the step up. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Njegosh [Popovich] over the past two years and am ready to make my own imprint on the team.

“The club means a lot to me. I was first involved as a support staff member under Rae [Dower] and to be asked to take on the role of the pre-eminent women’s football club in the capital is a massive privilege.

“I am aware there is plenty of work to do. However, I am not one to shirk a challenge and will immediately start focusing my energies on building us the best, most competitive, squad that I can.”

Jagarinec becomes the ninth Head Coach in Canberra United history and replaces the outgoing Njegosh Popovich who was in charge of the club for forty matches.

“We thank Njegosh for his commitment to Canberra United over the past two seasons, and for guiding the club in the 2022/23 and 2023/24 campaigns, and we wish him well for his future career,” Farrow commented.