List of North Melbourne Football Club coaches
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. They entered the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1925 after 48 years in the Victorian Football Association (VFA).
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. 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. There have been 7 coaches in the North Melbourne Football Club's history that have been inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame. 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.
|#||Number of coaches[A]|
|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.
|1||Wels Eicke||1925 – 1926||20||5||15||0||25.00||–||–||–||–||–|
|4||Syd Barker, Sr.||1927||18||3||15||0||16.67||–||–||–||–||–|
|5||Charlie Tyson||1928 – 1929||23||5||18||0||21.74||–||–||–||–||–|
|11||Dick Taylor||1932 – 1934||42||14||27||1||34.52||–||–||–||–||–|
|13||Paddy Scanlan||1935 – 1937||54||8||46||0||14.81||–||–||–||–||–|
|14||Keith Forbes||1938 – 1939||36||12||24||0||33.33||–||–||–||–||–|
|17||Bob McCaskill||1941 – 1942||25||8||17||0||32.00||–||–||–||–||–|
|18||Bill Findlay||1942 – 1943||22||7||14||1||34.09||–||–||–||–||–|
|–||Bob McCaskill||1944 – 1947||77||35||42||0||45.45||1||0||1||–||–|
|19||Wally Carter||1948 – 1953||116||61||55||0||52.57||5||2||3||–||1|
|20||Jock McCorkell||1954 – 1955||37||14||22||1||39.19||1||0||1||–||–|
|21||Charlie Gaudion||1956 – 1957||36||11||25||0||30.56||–||–||–||–||–|
|–||Wally Carter||1958 – 1962||92||35||57||1||38.04||2||1||1||–||–|
|22||Alan Killigrew||1963 – 1966||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||1966 – 1970||82||23||58||1||28.66||–||–||–||–||–|
|24||Brian Dixon||1971 – 1972||44||6||37||1||14.77||–||–||–||–||–|
|25||Ron Barassi||1973 – 1980||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
|29||Barry Cable||1981 – 1984||76||40||36||0||52.63||4||1||3||–||–||McClelland Trophy 1983|
|30||John Kennedy, Sr.||1985 – 1989||113||55||55||3||50.00||3||1||2||–||–|
|31||Wayne Schimmelbusch||1990 – 1992||66||31||35||0||46.97||–||–||–||–||–|
|32||Denis Pagan||1993 – 2002||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||2003 – 2009||149||72||75||2||48.99||5||1||4||–||–|
|35||Brad Scott||2010 –||58||28||30||0||48.3||–||–||–||–||–|
- 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.
- "History Overview". Official AFL Site of the Kangaroos. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
- "North Melbourne VFL/AFL Coaches Win/Loss Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 July 2012.
- "Hall of Fame". Official AFL Site of the Kangaroos. Retrieved 2008-10-23.