Chris Fagan (coach)

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Chris Fagan
Chris Fagan Lions 2016.jpg
Fagan in December 2016
Personal information
Full name Christian Fagan
Date of birth (1961-06-23) 23 June 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Queenstown, Tasmania[1]
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2017– Brisbane Lions 67 (27–40–0)
3 Coaching statistics correct as of Round 23, 2019.
Career highlights

Christian Fagan (born 23 June 1961)[2] is a former Australian rules footballer who is the senior coach of the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL).[3] He spent his entire playing career in Tasmania, playing 263 senior games with Hobart, Sandy Bay, and Devonport. Before being appointed head coach of Brisbane in October 2016, Fagan had spent long periods as an assistant coach at Melbourne (1999–2007) and Hawthorn (2008–2016).

Playing career[edit]

Fagan was born in Queenstown, Tasmania.[1] He played 263 senior games in the Tasmanian Australian National Football League (TANFL) and Tasmanian Football League (TFL) with Hobart, Sandy Bay and Devonport and kicked 430 goals in his career. He represented Tasmania on 11 occasions and played in two premiership teams – Hobart in 1980 and Devonport in 1988.[4]

Coaching career[edit]


Fagan spent two years as an assistant coach at North Hobart before being appointed senior coach of Sandy Bay for 1993 and 1994. He was the inaugural coach of the Tassie Mariners from 1995 to 1997. He was the 181st person to be inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in 2007.[4]


Fagan was an assistant coach at the Melbourne Football Club between 1999 and 2007, during which the club reached the 2000 AFL Grand Final, where they lost to Essendon.[2] He served two roles at the Hawthorn Football Club between 2008 and 2016, where he was instrumental in the club's 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015 premiership victories.[3] He was head of coaching and development between 2008 and mid-2013, while he was general manager of football alongside Alastair Clarkson between mid-2013 and the end of 2016.[5]

On 4 October 2016 Fagan was appointed as the senior coach of the Brisbane Lions, replacing Justin Leppitsch.[6] He is one of the few AFL coaches appointed in recent years without AFL playing experience. Fagan took the Lions to the finals in his third season as coach and was subsequently honoured by the AFL Coaches Association with the 2019 Allan Jeans Senior Coach of the Year Award.[7]

Coaching statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season[8]
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
2017 Brisbane Lions 22 5 17 0 22.7% 18 18
2018 Brisbane Lions 22 5 17 0 22.7% 15 18
2019 Brisbane Lions 24 16 8 0 66.7% 2 18
Career totals 68 26 42 0 38.8%


  1. ^ a b "12 things you didn't know about new Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "AFL Coaches Association - Chris Fagan profile". AFL Coaches Association. Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Schmook, Nathan (3 October 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: Lions to appoint Chris Fagan as coach". Bigpond. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
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  5. ^ Salemme, Kate (29 September 2016). "Sam Mitchell says Hawthorn football boss Chris Fagan brings stability, would be valuable to Lions". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Brisbane Lions name Chris Fagan as Justin Leppitsch's replacement as head AFL coach". ABC News. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ Beveridge, Riley. "Five wins one year, 16 the next? That's Coach of the Year stuff". Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Chris Fagan". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 November 2017.