NATHAN BROWN JOINS THE OGS
The Old Geelong Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Nathan Brown as senior coach for the next two seasons.
Brown, 43, comes to the club following eight years as senior coach of Old Melburnians, a club he steered into Premier A where they became a highly-competitive outfit.
His standing in the football community is of the highest order, highlighted by the fact he was interviewed as a potential senior coach by seven clubs from a variety of competitions. We are extremely proud that he chose our club over the others, three of which were VAFA teams in higher grades.
Part of the reason he chose the OGs is his desire to win a Premiership: "I want that Cup in our hands, I want the boys to feel what it is like to win a flag. Old Geelong has never won a Premier Premiership (Premier A to C) and the plan is for that to change in 2020," said Brown.
Brown grew up in the small South Australian township of Pinnaroo, just near the Victorian border in the Murray Mallee region, before being recruited by West Adelaide to the South Australian Football League, where his football caught the eye of Melbourne recruiters who selected him with pick 66 in the 1997 National Draft.
He went on to play 146 games between 1998-2007, being placed second in the 2004 best and fairest and also being named best clubman in 2005, an award that typifies the way Brown goes about his life. Between 2008-10 he returned to the SANFL to play with West Adelaide, before coaching Cheltenham in 2011 and Old Melburnians from 2012-19.
As part of the interview process at Old Geelong he met with the club twice, the second of which was at Como Park with a group of seven senior players. The response from those present was overwhelming, the recurring theme being " I just want to get out there and play for him right now".
Far from being daunted by the fact we will play in Premier C in 2020, Brown saw it as a chance to quickly regroup with a list that will include eighteen who played ten matches or more in the seniors in 2019, including the top ten from the best and fairest voting.
The spirit around the playing group has been remarkable despite relegation, something Brown quickly identified and a fact that played a key role in his decision to become an Ogger.
The club is also very excited to welcome Paul O’Connell who will undertake the role of senior assistant coach with particular focus on the midfield. Paul comes from a very experienced VAFA and AFL background most recently assisted Nathan at Old Melbournians’ for the past 2 seasons.
We welcome Nathan, his wife Tamara and their three boys Kynan, 14, Jake, 12 and Ryder, 10 along with Paul into the Old Geelong family.