List of North Melbourne Football Club coaches

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Ron Barrassi is the most successful coach in North Melbourne Football Club history.

There have been 33 coaches in the history of the North Melbourne Kangaroos, an Australian Football League club. The Kangaroos are based in North Melbourne, just 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of Melbourne metropolitan area. The North Melbourne Football Club was formed in 1869. It was purportedly established to satisfy the needs of local cricketers who were keen to keep themselves fit and healthy over the winter months.[1] They entered the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1925 after 48 years in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).[1]

Wels Eicke became the first coach of the Kangaroos in the 1925 season, serving for two seasons before retiring after the 1926 season. In terms of tenure, Denis Pagan has coached more games (240) and seasons (10) than any other coach in the clubs history.[2] He coached the Kangaroos to two AFL Premierships in the 1996 season and then again in the 1999 season. In terms of successfulness, Ron Barassi has been more successful (65.91% win/loss record) than any other coach in the club's history.[2] There have been 7 coaches in the North Melbourne Football Club's history that have been inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[3] There have been eleven captain-coaches in Kangaroos history. First, in 1925, coach Wels Eicke become the first captain-coach in Kangaroos history. He played only 21 games for the Kangaroos and coached 20 of those games. The current coach of the Kangaroos is Brad Scott.

Key[edit]

# Number of coaches[A]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
D Draws
P Premierships
R Runners Up
W–L % Win–Loss percentage
Inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame
Played as a captain-coach
Both captain-coach and hall of famer.

Statistics are accurate as of the end of the 2008 AFL season.

Coaches[edit]

# Name Term Home & Away Finals Overall Awards Ref
GC W L D W–L % GC W L P R GC W L D W–L %
1 Wels Eicke 19251926 20 5 15 0 25.00 20 5 15 0 25.00 [4]
2 Gerry Donnelly 1926 14 0 13 1 0.00 14 0 13 1 0.00 [5]
3 Stan Thomas 1926 1[B] 0 1 0 0.00 1[B] 0 1 0 0.00 [6]
4 Syd Barker, Sr. 1927 18 3 15 0 16.67 18 3 15 0 16.67 [7]
5 Charlie Tyson 19281929 23 5 18 0 21.74 23 5 18 0 21.74 [8]
6 Paddy Noonan 1929 13 1 12 0 7.69 13 1 12 0 7.69 [9]
7 Johnny Lewis 1930 18 1 17 0 5.56 18 1 17 0 5.56 [10]
8 John Pemberton 1931 8 0 8 0 0.00 8 0 8 0 0.00 [11]
9 Norm Clark 1931 10 0 10 0 0.00 10 0 10 0 0.00 [12]
10 Charlie Cameron 1932 4 1 3 0 25.00 4 1 3 0 25.00 [13]
11 Dick Taylor 19321934 42 14 27 1 34.52 42 14 27 1 34.52 [14]
12 Tom Fitzmaurice 1934 8 0 8 0 0.00
13 Paddy Scanlan 19351937 54 8 46 0 14.81
14 Keith Forbes 19381939 36 12 24 0 33.33
15 Len Thomas 1940 12 4 8 0 33.33
16 Jim Adamson 1940 6 0 6 0 0.00
17 Bob McCaskill 19411942 25 8 17 0 32.00
18 Bill Findlay 19421943 22 7 14 1 34.09
Bob McCaskill 19441947 77 35 42 0 45.45 1 0 1
19 Wally Carter 19481953 116 61 55 0 52.57 5 2 3 1
20 Jock McCorkell 19541955 37 14 22 1 39.19 1 0 1
21 Charlie Gaudion 19561957 36 11 25 0 30.56
Wally Carter 19581962 92 35 57 1 38.04 2 1 1
22 Alan Killigrew 19631966 70 27 42 1 39.29 1965 Golden Fleece Night Premiership winning coach
1966 Golden Fleece Night Premiership winning coach
1966 State Carnival Winning Coach
23 Keith McKenzie 19661970 82 23 58 1 28.66
24 Brian Dixon 19711972 44 6 37 1 14.77
25 Ron Barassi 19731980 198 129 66 3 65.91 23 12 11 2 3 1975 Premiership winning coach
1975 National Champions winning coach
1976 McClelland Trophy
1977 Premiership winning coach
1978 McClelland Trophy
1980 Escort Cup winning coach
26 Ray Jordon 1976 1[C] 1 0 0 100.00
27 John Dugdale 1977 1[D] 0 1 0 0.00
28 Malcolm Blight 1981 16 6 10 0 37.50
29 Barry Cable 19811984 76 40 36 0 52.63 4 1 3 McClelland Trophy 1983
30 John Kennedy, Sr. 19851989 113 55 55 3 50.00 3 1 2
31 Wayne Schimmelbusch 19901992 66 31 35 0 46.97
32 Denis Pagan 19932002 240 150 90 0 62.50 22 14 8 2 1 1995 Ansett Cup winning coach
1996 Premiership winning coach
1998 Ansett Cup winning coach
1998 McClelland Trophy
1999 Premiership winning coach
33 Dean Laidley 20032009 149 72 75 2 48.99 5 1 4
34 Darren Crocker 2009 10 3 6 1 35.00
35 Brad Scott 2010 58 28 30 0 48.3

Notes[edit]

  • A A running total of the number of coaches of the Kangaroos. Thus any coach who has two separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • B Thomas coach the Kangaroos for a single match in 1926, while a replacement coach was found after the sacking of Gerry Donnelly.
  • C Jordan coached the Kangaroos for a single match in 1976.
  • D Dugdale coached the Kangaroos for a single match in Round 12, 1977.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History Overview". Official AFL Site of the Kangaroos. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b "North Melbourne VFL/AFL Coaches Win/Loss Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". Official AFL Site of the Kangaroos. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Australian Football Wels Eicke". http://australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Australian Football - Gerry Donnelly". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Australian Football - Stan Thomas". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Australian Football - Syd Barker". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Australian Football - Charlie Tyson". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Australian Football - Paddy Noonan". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Australian Football - Johnny Lewis". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Australian Football - John Pemberton". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Australian Football - Norm Clark". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Australian Football - Charlie Cameron". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Australian Football - Dick Taylor". australianfootball.com. Retrieved 29 September 2014.