Joe Montemurro, a final year student of Parade’s Class of 1987, has been named Coach of Juventus Women.

Juventus’ website reported the following on Tuesday evening Melbourne time:

It’s official: Joe Montemurro has joined Juventus Women as their new head coach, in what marks the beginning of what will certainly be an interesting and exciting journey together.

The 51-year-old, who will take charge from 1 July, arrives in Turin with nearly two decades of coaching experience under his belt. His coaching career first kicked-off in his homeland of Australia, where he first coached youth teams before moving on to train clubs like Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.

In November 2017, he made the move to Arsenal Women, where he needed just five months on the bench before going on to lift his first ever trophy at the club in the form of the FA Women's League Cup. Since then, many memorable memories and records were achieved during his stay in London.

In his second season (2018/19) at the club, Arsenal returned to winning the English championship for the first time since 2012 – recording a record number of points by the club in the last decade.

Between then and 2020/21, Montemurro’s charges went on to record the most victories (45 out of 57 fixtures) in the English Women's Super League. Adding to this triumph, they also scored the highest number of goals (173) too.

Another notable achievement during his tenure with the Gunners was how he guided the team to the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League in the 2019/20 season – something that hadn’t previously happened in the previous seven seasons at the club.

Montemurro’s excellent exploits earned him a nomination for The Best FIFA Women’s Manager of the Year in the 2018/19 season.

It’s in these numbers that Montemurro’s desire and hunger for success is evident, further proving that he possesses the fundamental approach and attitude in what it means to be a Juventus Coach.

After four years of already enjoying great success, Montemurro will look to add more silverware and prestige to this already impressive Bianconere side. We wish him everything of the best on this adventure that we embark on together.

Welcome, Coach!