Leppitsch with Richmond in March 2019
|Full name||Justin Leppitsch|
|Date of birth||1 October 1975|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Southern Stingrays|
|Draft||No. 4, 1992 National Draft, Brisbane Bears|
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
|1993–1996||Brisbane Bears||44 (58)|
|1997–2006||Brisbane Lions||183 (136)|
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
|2007; 2008||Suncoast Lions (AFLQSL)||4 (4–0–0)|
|2014–2016||Brisbane Lions (AFL)||66 (14–52–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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 immediate 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. 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.
On 29 August 2016, Leppitsch was sacked by the Lions after three seasons with the club, despite being granted a one-year contract extension at the start of the year which would have seen him remain at the club until the end of the 2017 season.
On 6 October 2016, Leppitsch returned to Richmond as an assistant coach. Twelve months after being sacked as coach of the Brisbane Lions, he played a major role in the club's 2017 AFL premiership win, coaching the forwards.
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- 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 Archived 30 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Hogan, Jesse (18 September 2009). "Tigers snare Leppitsch, Lade". BrisbaneTimes.com.au. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Lions confirm Leppitsch to replace Voss
- "Brisbane Lions sack coach Justin Leppitsch after 'bitterly disappointing' AFL season". ABC. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
- Whiting, Michael (7 March 2016). "'Never any doubt': Lions confirm Leppitsch contract extension". AAP. Australian Football League.
- "Leppitsch returns to Richmond". richmondfc.com.au. 6 October 2016.
- Edmund, Sam (4 October 2017). "The coach: How Dimma guided Tigers". Herald Sun.
- "Leppitsch lives Tiger dream after Lions nightmare". The Morning Bulletin. 28 September 2017.
- Justin Leppitsch's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Justin Leppitsch's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
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