THE COACHES

Senior Coach - Nick Bourke

Nick joined the OGs at the beginning of 2016 as Director of Football and brought to the club a deep knowledge and understanding of VAFA football and the behaviours associated with successful clubs. Nick’s CV, particularly in regard to amateur football is almost unparalleled. He played over 200 games and coached three premierships with Old Xaverians in A Section and is an 8-year VAFA State coach (a record). In addition to this, Nick has spent time with Carlton’s reserves in the VFL as an assistant coach. Having spent recent years away from the head coach role, Nick is enthusiastic and excited about the challenge and opportunity which lies ahead with Old Geelong in 2017.

Email - nick@bourkeproperty.com.au

Senior Assistant Coach and Head of Development - Nick Abbott

Nick Abbott has been appointed as Senior Assistant Coach and Head of Development. In this role, he will work closely with Nick Bourke and will dedicate time to our Under 21 Development Program. Nick grew up in Geelong and has ties with both Geelong College and many of our past players having played senior football at Newtown. Four knee reconstructions prematurely ended his playing career and having spent the past five years as a teacher up in Northern Territory he went on to coach in Division 1 of the NTFL and was an assistant with the NT Thunder U18s. Nick will be tasked with being our midfield line coach on game day and will be responsible for taking training drills and working on player analysis throughout the week.

Email - ncsabbott@gmail.com

Senior Assistant Coach - Michael Holland

Michael “Dutchy” Holland will continue as Senior Assistant Coach in 2017 managing rotations and opposition analysis. Michael first joined the Club in 2010 as Under 19s coach, taking that side to a preliminary final in their first year. The next year, he joined the Senior coaching ranks as an assistant and has maintained that role since. Michael has terrific mind for football analysis, and prides himself on getting the most out of players through game-sense drills.

Email - mholland@shawstock.com.au

Senior Assistant Coach - Matt Collister

Matt Collister has been promoted to Senior Assitant Coach after two years co-coaching the Under 19s, where he showed great enthusiasm and drive, taking the Unders to a Grand Final in 2015, and generating plenty of improvement in the team across 2016. Colly’s major responsibility will centre on the teams back line on game day. In addition to this he will assist with training drills, match preparation and general match-day support.

Email - Matt.Collister@afl.com.au

Reserves Coach - Adam Wright

Adam "Lefty" Wright will coach the Reserves again in 2017. Having grown up in Geelong, Adam played at the Newtown Football Club in the GFL. It was here that Adam developed a great passion for coaching, helping develop an entire generation of players through the Under 12s, 14s and 16s over a number of years. More recently Adam has left a big mark on the positive development of the Ivanhoe Football Club. Over the past five years, he has been involved on their Committee, and coached their Under 19s for the past four years, including finals campaigns and some epic battles with our own Under 19s. Adam has built his successful coaching reputation on his experience and ability to develop a strong culture, his passion and skill in player development.

Email - awright@localeespresso.com.au

Under 19s Coach - Ben Thomson

Ben Thomson coached the Under 19s in 2016, and despite a slow start, almost led the Unders to an unlikely finals berth with some great wins over fancied opponents late in the season. Ben's pro-activeness has already seen a flood of new recruits to the training track with plenty more ingenious ideas to come as he looks to take the Unders boys all the way in 2017.

Email - bennettt1993@bigpond.com

 

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