Brendan McCartney

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Brendan McCartney
Personal information
Full name Brendan McCartney
Date of birth (1960-10-23) 23 October 1960 (age 53)
Place of birth Nyah, Victoria[1]
Original team Newtown & Chilwell Football Club (GFL)
Club information
Current club Western Bulldogs
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2012– Western Bulldogs 44 (13–31–0)
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2013.

Brendan McCartney (b. 23 October 1960)[2] is the senior coach of the Western Bulldogs football club in the Australian Football League (AFL).[3]

Playing Career[edit]

In his playing days, Brendan McCartney played in the Geelong Football League for the Newtown & Chilwell Football Club. He is one of the few AFL coaches who never played at the highest level.[4] His father, Graham McCartney, played one senior game with Richmond in 1957.[1]

Coaching Career[edit]

After his retirement from Australian rules football as a player, McCartney was appointed the head coach of the Ocean Grove Football Club. He guided the football club to four consecutive Bellarine Football League premierships in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997.[5] In 1998, he took a role with AFL club Richmond as assistant and development coach.[5]

From 2000 to 2010, McCartney was an assistant coach with Geelong Football Club, before moving to be the forward line coach at Essendon in 2011.[3] In 2010, McCartney was voted the AFL's assistant coach of the year by the AFL Coaches' Association.[6]

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2011 AFL season, McCartney was appointed as the new senior coach of the Western Bulldogs under a three year contract, replacing the outgoing Rodney Eade and in doing so edging out favourite and former Bulldog Leon Cameron as well as a "high quality field".[7] He took the Western Bulldogs for their training session for the first time on November 7, 2011. [8]

McCartney came under heavy criticism at the conclusion of Round 8 of the 2013 AFL season after the Bulldogs lost to expansion team Gold Coast, but the team had a better second half to the season, which included promising performances against top 8 teams Essendon, Hawthorn and Sydney, as well as wins against Carlton, West Coast and Adelaide. As a result of the encouraging performances in the second half, McCartney received a two year contract extension on 26 November 2013 and he is now contracted to the end of the 2016 season.[9]


  1. ^ a b Flanagan, Martin (22 February 2014). "The making of Brendan McCartney". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ AFL Coaching statistics
  3. ^ a b Paton, Al (19 September 2011). "Brendan McCartney named new coach of Western Bulldogs". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  4. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (1 April 2012). "Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney toughening up his team". Sunday Herald Sun. 
  5. ^ a b Spits, Scott (19 September 2011). "Bulldogs unveil new coach McCartney". The Age. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Edmund, Sam (13 October 2010). "Cats assistant coach Brendan McCartney moves to Essendon". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Western Bulldogs announce long-time assistant coach Brendan McCartney to replace Rodney Eade". 8 November 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Windley, Matt (8 November 2011). "Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney takes training for the first time". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Gullan, Scott (26 November 2013). "Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney tied away until end of 2016 under new deal". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rodney Eade
Paul Williams (caretaker)
Western Bulldogs coach
Succeeded by