Justin Leppitsch in 2005
|Full name||Justin Leppitsch|
|Date of birth||1 October 1975|
|Original team(s)||Southern Stingrays|
|Draft||No. 4, 1992 National Draft, Brisbane Bears|
|Height/Weight||191 cm / 98 kg|
227 (194)44 (58)
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
|Suncoast Lions (AFLQSL)
Brisbane Lions (AFL)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of Round 4, 2016.
Leppitsch was raised in Berwick, Victoria. In 1992, he played in the newly established VSFL Under-18 competition (later known as the TAC Cup) with Southern Stingrays, where he was runner-up for the Morrish Medal, and caught the attention of Brisbane Bears talent scouts. He was selected by Brisbane at pick 4 in the 1992 AFL Draft.
He made his debut in 1993 for the Bears as a 17-year-old, but was then dropped back to play for West Brisbane where he hurt his knee and required a complete knee reconstruction. He was unable to play football for 15 months.
His breakout season was in 1999 under new coach Leigh Matthews, when he won the Brisbane Best and Fairest award, was selected as All-Australian for the first time and represented Australia in International Rules.
Under Matthews, Leppitsch became a key component of the Lions spine, playing centre half back in the club's three premiership sides from 2001 to 2003 and earned All-Australian status three times.
Late in his career, Leppitsch battled a chronic hamstring-related back injury which inevitably ended his career due to the resulting calf muscle wastage. He announced his retirement from the AFL on 5 June 2006.
He was inducted into the Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame in 2012.
In October 2006, Leppitsch had accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Brisbane Lions. However, he later signed with Richmond to be an assistant coach in September 2009. In September 2013, Leppitsch signed a three-year contract to be the senior coach of the Brisbane Lions.
Despite a poor first two seasons as Lions head coach, in which the club won just eleven matches since the start of the 2014 season, Leppitsch was granted a one-year contract extension, which will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2017 season.
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* = Unfinished season
- Ashley Browne (2 September 1992). "Northern back takes Morrish". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. p. 28.
- Walls, Robert (10 July 2004). "Milestones for greats". The Age.
- Voss, Michael (11 June 2006). "Competitive fire burned deep in Leppa". The Sunday Age.
- Stafford, Andrew (6 June 2006). "Leppitsch calls it a day as injuries take their toll". The Age.
- Hall of Fame – Justin Leppitsch
- Hogan, Jesse (18 September 2009). "Tigers snare Leppitsch, Lade". BrisbaneTimes.com.au. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Lions confirm Leppitsch to replace Voss
- Whiting, Michael (7 March 2016). "'Never any doubt': Lions confirm Leppitsch contract extension". AAP. Australian Football League. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
- Justin Leppitsch's player profile at AFL Tables
- Justin Leppitsch's coaching profile at AFL Tables