Rodney Eade

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Rodney Eade
Personal information
Full name Rodney Eade
Date of birth (1958-04-04) 4 April 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth Tasmania
Original team Glenorchy
Height/Weight 183 cm / 84 kg
Position(s) Wingman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1976 – 1987
1988 – 1990
Total
Hawthorn
Brisbane Bears
229 (46)
030 0(3)
259 (49)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)

1996 – 2002
2005 – 2011
Total
AFL
Sydney
Western Bulldogs

152 (81–69–2)
162 (88–72–2)
314 (169–141–4)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1990 season.
Career highlights

Rodney Eade (born 4 April 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer and the former coach of the Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). Eade is the current Football and Coaching Strategist of the Collingwood Football Club.

Playing career[edit]

Recruited from Glenorchy, the winger played 229 games and kicked 46 goals for Hawthorn between 1976–1987, playing in the 1976, 1978, 1983, and 1986 premierships. He moved to the Brisbane Bears in 1988, playing 30 games and kicking three goals until his retirement in 1990.

Coaching career[edit]

Sydney Swans[edit]

Eade became coach of the Sydney Swans in 1996, taking them to a grand final in which they lost to North Melbourne. In his second year, in the 1997 season, he took Sydney to sixth on the ladder but they were eliminated in the qualifying finals to the Western Bulldogs. In the 1998 season, he took Sydney to a better performance to third on the ladder where they defeated St Kilda in the qualifying finals before being beaten by Adelaide, the eventual premiers, in the preliminary finals. In the 1999 season he took Sydney to eighth spot on the ladder where they were eliminated in the qualifying finals to Essendon by 69 points. In the 2000 season, he took Sydney to eleventh spot on the ladder, missing out in the finals. In the 2001 season, he took Sydney back into the finals finishing with seventh spot on the ladder before being beaten by Hawthorn in the elimination finals. In the 2002 season, with Sydney's record becoming worse week by week and being placed fourteenth on the ladder, Eade resigned following a narrow Round 12 loss to Geelong; he was replaced by Paul Roos for the rest of the 2002 season and Roos was eventually appointed full-time.

Western Bulldogs[edit]

He spent 2003 and 2004 as a media writer and commentator, before being appointed coach of the Western Bulldogs for the 2005 season. In his first season as coach, he took an under-achieving Bulldogs side within a goal of a finals series berth, when they had finished with less than 5 wins in the previous two years, but just missed out of the finals finishing in ninth spot on the ladder. In 2006, he took the 'Dogs to a final series for the first time since Terry Wallace in 2000 where they eliminated Collingwood in the elimination finals but lost to West Coast in the semi finals who were eventual premiers . In the 2007 season, he took Bulldogs to finish thirteenth on the ladder which was very unexpected, due to this his job was in jeopardy in 2007 due to a sudden downturn in the team's performance, but rather than firing him, the club limited his expansive duties[1]

In the 2008 season, Eade coached the Bulldogs to third on the ladder, and then the club's first preliminary final since 1998, but were eliminated by Geelong who were eventual runners-up. In 2009 and 2010, Eade took the Bulldogs two more consecutive preliminary finals, falling to St Kilda on both occasions.

The Western Bulldogs did not progress well in the 2011 season, being placed twelfth on the ladder. Following a big loss to Essendon by forty nine points in Round 21. It was announced on 17 August 2011, that Eade's contract would not be renewed at the conclusion of the 2011 season.[2] The following day, Eade stepped down as coach of the Bulldogs.[3] He was replaced by caretaker coach Paul Williams for the remainder of the 2011 season.

Collingwood[edit]

On 3 October 2011, Eade was appointed by Collingwood to the position of Football and Coaching Strategist, replacing outgoing coach Mick Malthouse, who had originally planned to step into that role after the 2011 season.

Eade coached the Australian International rules football team in October/November 2011 in Australia.

Eade coached 314 games of AFL football placing him second on the all time AFL/VFL list of most games coached without a premiership, behind John Northey (315 games).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Patrick. "Eade Cops Rocket after Review." The Australian. 8 November 2007. EBSCOhost: Newspaper Source. Accessed 16 December 2007, http://web.ebscohost.com
  2. ^ Wilson, Caroline; Brodie, Will (17 August 2011). "Eade to leave Bulldogs". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Kogoy, Peter (18 August 2011). "Paul Williams take reins after Rodney Eade walks". The Australian. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ron Barassi
Sydney Swans Football Club coach
1996–2002
Succeeded by
Paul Roos
Preceded by
Peter Rohde
Western Bulldogs Football Club coach
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Paul Williams (caretaker)
Brendan McCartney