THERE wouldn't be too many 27-year-olds who could say they still enjoy being at school.
But that's the case for Brody Crane.
In fact, he's back at Westfields Sports High School where he was once a student.
Wagga-born Crane went to the Fairfield-West school from year 9 to year 12 — but he's not in class any more.
He's a physical education teacher and goalkeeping coach in the school's football program as well as the school's girls' open age team coach.
Trevor Morgan is the head coach of the school's football program.
Crane and Morgan have strong links.
Morgan coached Crane at Wollongong Wolves for two years in the NSW Premier League.
For the past two years, Crane has played with Blacktown City FC in the top Football NSW competition.
Crane said he wanted to play at a "higher level" but he felt as though that chance may have passed him by so his heart is set on coaching.
Two years ago, Crane did get a small taste of the A-League, playing a six-week stint with Central Coast Mariners.
"I learned a lot when I was at the Mariners from coach Graham Arnold," Crane said.
He said goalkeeping was a specialist position and there were several traits you needed to be competent.
"Firstly, you need to be brave," he said.
"And you need to have good movement in the goal area, good communication skills and play as part of the team.
"And you need to have good hand, eye and foot co-ordination and also a good boot for goal kicks."
Crane has 10 goalkeepers in the squad.
"We do specialist work with the boys and girls and work on all the goalkeeping skills," Crane said.
Trevor Morgan said Crane knew his goalkeeping.
"He is a pretty good one himself," Morgan said.
"And he's proving to be a good teacher for the keepers in the program."