Greg McFadden

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Greg McFadden
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Personal information
Full name Gregory James McFadden
Nickname(s) Dumper
Nationality Australian
Born (1964-08-26) 26 August 1964 (age 53)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sport Water polo
Event(s) Men's team
Club Cronulla Sutherland Water Polo Club
Now coaching AIS water polo team (assistant coach)
Australia women's national water polo team (head coach, 2005–2016)
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1992 Summer Olympics (player)

2004 Summer Olympics (Assistant Coach)
2008 Summer Olympics (Head Coach)
2012 Summer Olympics(Head Coach)
2016 Summer Olympics (Head Coach)

Gregory James "Greg" McFadden (born 28 August 1964 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian water polo player. He represented Australia as a member of the 1992 Summer Olympics Australia men's national water polo team. He was head coach of the Australia women's national water polo team from 2005 to 2016.


McFadden was born on 28 August 1964 in Sydney, New South Wales.[1] He is nicknamed Dumper.[2]


McFadden played club water polo for the Cronulla Sutherland Water Polo Club.[1][3] He later was a coach for the several different grades in the club.[4]

McFadden had a water polo scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for two years where he was coached by Charles Turner.[4] He was a member of the Australia men's national water polo team and represented the country at the 1992 Summer Olympics.[1][2][4] His team finished fifth.[1]


water polo players in and out of water listening to coach
McFadden (sitting in chair) talking to players during the third of a five-game test series against the Great Britain women's national water polo team on 25 February 2012. Australia won 15–6.
man and woman standing
McFadden and Melissa Rippon during Australia's fifth test match against Great Britain.

McFadden has coached for the Australian Institute of Sport.[4] After completing two years on scholarship at the AIS, he was appointed as a scholarship coach in 1990. [4] He was an assistant coach to the AIS men's water polo team from 1992 to 1996.[4] In 1996, he moved to Sydney to become the New South Wales Institute of Sport's Head Water Polo Coach, coaching both men’s and women’s squads.[4] In 2001, McFadden moved back to Canberra to become AIS Men's Water Polo Head Coach.[4] He held this position until 2004 when he was appointed assistant national women’s coach. [4] In 2005, he was appointed national women’s coach taking over from Istvan Gorgenyi.[5] [4]

He was the head coach of the AIS's women's water polo team from 2005 to 2016.[6][7]

McFadden was the head coach of the Australia women's national water polo team from 2005 to 2016. [7] [4] As head coach, he has helped make Australia one of the top three ranked teams in the world.[6] He helped guide the 2006 national team to a first-place finish at the FINA World Cup.[6] He helped the 2007 squad secure a silver medal finish at the World Championships in Melbourne.[4][6] He impressed Steve Waugh with his requirements that national team players eat dinner at the table and eat everything on their plate.[8]

On 13 August 2008, after his team drew 7–7 in a match against Hungary, he had a melt down at the media conference regarding the match officiating that saw Melissa Rippon removed from the game when Australia was ahead by a goal only for Hungary to tie things up by a goal in the remaining 16 seconds. McFadden called the referee an arsehole and went on to say: "How's that a kick-out [exclusion] at the end of the game? We're up by a goal, we don't want to give away an exclusion, we foul the girl, we're trying to cut back. The Hungarian player has hold of us and we get excluded. That's just total bullshit as far as I'm concerned. I'd like to kill the bastard."[2]

He was the coach when Australia's women won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[6] In 2012, he coached the team that competed at the Pan Pacific tournament. He coached the team to an 8–7 win over the United States at the tournament.[9] At the 2012 Summer Olympics he coached the team to the bronze medal.[10]

Major Competitions[edit]

Results of the Australian women's team coached by McFadden at major competitions:

Olympic Games[edit]

FINA World Championship[edit]

FINA World League[edit]

FINA World Cup[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Greg McFadden". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Water Polo — Sports — Olympics". Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Forrest, Brad (24 June 2008). "Sisters in the swim for Beijing". St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader. New South Wales, Australia: Fairfax Community Newspapers. 28db2dd3abc36ff177acdb0b0c447ceefafbf. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Sports Coach :: Greg McFadden: No watering down coach's approach". Australian Institute of Sport. Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "History". Australian Water Polo website. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "The Double Life: Sportsgirls: Levelling the Playing Field". Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Greg McFadden steps down as Head Coach". Australian Water Polo website. Retrieved 25 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Craddock, Robert (30 July 2008). "Waugh, the mentor, laps up eating order". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Day 4-Womens". Water Polo Pan Pacs. Archived from the original on 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "London 2012 – Stingers announce 2012 senior squad". London2012 @ Australian Olympic Committee. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2012.