New Football Coaching Structure Announced
Following a thorough and rigorous selection process, the Old Geelong Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Bourke as Senior Coach for the 2017 season. Nick joined the OGs at the beginning of this year 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.
We would also like to welcome Nick Abbott to the Club as our 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.
Nick Bourke is a three-time VAFA A-Grade Premiership Coach
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 post-match and opposition analysis mid-week.
Matt Collister showed great enthusiasm and drive in coaching the Under 19 side in 2016 and has been promoted to Assistant Coach of the senior side. 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.
Michael Holland remains on the coaching panel as an Assistant Coach in charge of rotations and opposition analysis. Michael has a wealth of football knowledge, and we look forward to him again contributing to the OGs' success..
To further support our four-man coaching structure, the Club will be appointing a separate strength and conditioning resource with the aim of increasing the fitness and strength of our players in advance of our return to Premier C division, the first time the Club has played at this level since 2010. We are confident that we have the structure and personnel in place to allow the Old Geelong Football Club to compete strongly in the higher division next year as we look to consolidate our drive towards the higher grades of the VAFA competition.
We would like to thank outgoing Senior Coach Jon Knight for his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Old Geelong Football Club over the last two years. Jon was brought in after a period of preliminary final losses, and despite suffering the same fate in 2015, Jon rallied through troops this year, taking out the Division 1 Premiership, the highest achievement for the OGs since 1966.
We would also like to thank Andrew Millar and Jimmy Wright for their services as two integral members of the Coaching panel in 2016. Andrew (forward coach) will be taking a well earned break from football in 2017, and Jimmy (backline coach) will be dedicating more time to the football operations of the Club.
Old Geelong Football Club Committee