Ron Alexander

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Ron Alexander
Personal information
Full name Ronald James Alexander
Date of birth (1950-12-10) 10 December 1950 (age 64)
Height/Weight 196 cm / 100 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
East Perth
East Fremantle
98 (49)
133 (30)
76 (96)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
East Fremantle
West Coast

22 (11-11-0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1987 season.

Ron Alexander (born 10 December 1950) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and West Australian Football League (WAFL) as well as being the inaugural coach of the West Coast Eagles.[1]

Playing career[edit]

During his career he represented Western Australia 13 times, Victoria twice, and was awarded a Simpson Medal for a match against Victoria in 1974.

WANFL career[edit]

He began his career with East Perth Football Club where from 1971 to 1975 he played 98 games and kicked 49 goals. He was a big, strong ruckman, weighing 98 kg and standing at 196 cm tall.

He was a member of their 1972 premiership team and won the club's fairest and best award in 1974.

VFL career[edit]

He then crossed over to Fitzroy in 1976. He was their captain from 1979–80, and in 1981 won their best and fairest, finishing ahead of that season's Brownlow Medallist Bernie Quinlan by nine votes. In total he played 133 games and booted 30 goals for the Roys.[1] While in Melbourne he gained a degree in Physical Education and for a time was president of the VFL Players Association. He went back to Perth after the 1981 season.

Coaching career[edit]

He returned to Western Australia in 1982 and took on the role of captain/coach at East Fremantle taking them to the grand final in 1984 and 1985, the latter time winning them a premiership.

In 1986, after 76 games for East Fremantle, he stepped down as a player, but as coach he once again took his side the grand final and like 1984 they were again runners-up.

West Coast Eagles[edit]

In 1987 he was picked to be the inaugural coach of the West Coast Eagles.[1]

He was controversially replaced by John Todd the following season despite being close to taking his side to the finals in their first year.[1]


He is currently the Director-General of the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation.[2]

Demonstrating the skills that made him a successful footballer, Ron has led the Department of Sport and Recreation for over a decade, establishing it as the most forward thinking agency of its type in Australia. Well respected by politicians of both major parties for his frank and fearless advice he has also diversified the traditional business of sport and recreation by linking it to broader community issues such as Health or Law and Order. Ron is highly respected by all who work in Government as a leading Director General, by his staff and those who deliver sport and recreation services in government, the private and not-for-profit sectors.


  1. ^ a b c d Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 7–8. ISBN 1-74095-032-1. 
  2. ^ "Blast from the Past". Official Website - Brisbane Lions Football Club. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
Preceded by
West Coast Eagles coach
Succeeded by
John Todd