Brian Dawson

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Dr Brian Dawson
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-08-31) 31 August 1958 (age 56)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
Swan Districts
6 (?)
7 (?)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
Swan Districts
East Perth
Career highlights
  • WAFL premiership coach, 2010

Dr Brian Dawson (born 31 October 1958[1]) is an Australian rules football coach and academic. He is coach of East Perth in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and is a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Playing career[edit]

Dawson joined Swan Districts in 1975, initially playing in the colts team. In 1977 he played the first of six league matches for Swan Districts, later playing seven league matches for Perth. He also played a total of eight seasons and 134 matches with Osborne Park in the Sunday Football League.[2][3][4]

Coaching career[edit]

Between 1988 and 2000 Dawson was fitness coach for the West Coast Eagles. He was made a life member by the club in 2007.[5][6]

Dawson was head coach of Swan Districts between 2008 and 2010, winning the West Australian Football League (WAFL) premiership in 2010. He resigned as Swans coach after the end of the 2010 WAFL season when work commitments in Japan prevented him from committing to full-time coaching in 2011.[7][8]

In October 2012 he replaced Tony Micale as coach of East Perth.[9]

At the conclusion of the 2014 WAFL season, Dawson received the JJ Leonard Medal as the Coach of the Year, after guiding the Royals to a second straight grand final, and his fourth in five seasons as a league coach.[10]

Academic life[edit]

In 1981 Dawson completed a master's degree in physical education studying the effects of heat stress on athletes. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) on athletes' heat tolerance.[11][12][13]

Dawson is director of community and public programs at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and holds the title of Winthrop Professor.[14][15]

In 2004 Dawson wrote a biography of John Todd, titled John Todd: Six decades of Footy.[16] He has written numerous articles and books on training and recovery techniques for sportspeople.[17][18]

Dawson is the chair of the science and football steering group of the World Commission of Science and Sports.[19]


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  2. ^ "Dawson to stand down at Swan Districts". West Australian Football Commission. 25 August 2010. Retrieved October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Most Games Played". Stirling Amateur Football & Sporting Club. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "May Dinner Guest Speaker". On the Ball! (Swansmen Association Inc.): 1. May 2010. 
  5. ^ Sapienza, Joseph (4 August 2011). "Eagles Fab Five in the mix for West Coast's Hall of Fame". PerthNow. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Club Life Members". West Coast Eagles. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Beacham, Digby (24 August 2010). "Dawson quits as Swans coach". The West Australian. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Leicester, Brendan (26 August 2010). "Dawson decision to spur Swans". FootyGoss. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Brian Dawson replaces Tony Micale at East Perth". PerthNow. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  10. ^ West Perth's Aaron Black wins 2014 Sandover Medal (other awards)
  11. ^ "Catalogue - MPE". UWA Library / Theses. University of Western Australia. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Catalogue - PhD". UWA Library / Theses. University of Western Australia. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Daws hangs up his boots!". Homebase (University of Western Australia) One: 9. 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "UWA Staff Profiles - W/Prof Brian Dawson". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Prof Brian Dawson - UWA Research Profiles". University of Western Australia. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "John Todd : six decades of footy / Brian Dawson ; [edited by Alan East]". NLA Catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Contributors - Dawson, Brian (1958-)". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dawson on his Todd". UWA News (University of Western Australia) 23 (2): 9. 22 March 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "Science and Football". The World Commission of Science and Sports. Retrieved 10 October 2012.