A Conversation with an AFL Coach is the brand new podcast series brought to you by the AFL Coaches Association, where we’ll pick some of the leading footy brains in the land in a no holds barred chat covering their lives in, and out, of Aussie Rules football.
In Episode eight, AFL Coaches CEO Mark Brayshaw hands over the podcasting reins to two Bulldogs: club legend—and current assistant coach—Daniel Giansiracusa, and Western Bulldogs 2018 AFLW Premiership coach and current AFLW senior coach Paul Groves. In the podcast, Gia and Grovesy discuss everything from the 2018 AFLW Premiership win, and trying to go back-to-back (25:50), to balancing coaching, playing, and family life, his hectic AFLW Grand Final week (31:49), the AFL Coaches & Lucky Chicken Eggs Women's Coaching Crusade (50:55), and much more.
In Episode seven, AFL Coaches CEO Mark Brayshaw chats with the 2018 premiership winning coach, Adam Simpson.
Simpson's stellar playing career includes 306 games and two premierships for North Melbourne during their indomitable run in the 1990’s. He can now add to that two coaching appointments—with Hawthorn as an assistant, and West Coast as senior coach—and two more premierships. In the podcast, Simpson discusses everything from the "LeBron James-like” aura of Wayne Carey (4:55), and his role during the ‘Keep North South’ movement (19:35), to swapping notes with Justin Langer (34:00) and reflecting on his 2018 Grand Final memories (34:45), plus much more.
In Episode six, AFL Coaches Member Services Officer, Greg Hutchison chats with North Melbourne Director of Coaching, Darren Crocker. Crocker's footballing history includes an injury interrupted but ultimately fruitful playing career with North Melbourne, highlighted by the 1996 Premiership. Following retirement, Crocker held coaching appointments with Port Melbourne and the Richmond reserves in the VFL, before taking up assistant coaching positions with Richmond and North Melbourne in the AFL. In the podcast, Crocker discusses everything from the rush of running out onto the MCG before North's 1996 Grand Final victory (14:15), and playing under coaching legend Denis Pagan (18:15), to a memorable preliminary final during Crocker and Hutchison's time at Richmond (31:25), his joy at being able to fill in as senior coach of the North Melbourne Football Club (43:20), and much more.
In Episode five, AFL Coaches CEO Mark Brayshaw chats Denis Pagan who was inducted as the 2018 PwC Coaching Legend at the Shadforth Financial Group AFL Coaches Awards on Tuesday 25th September. Pagan's career includes playing stints with North Melbourne and South Melbourne in the VFL, as well as coaching appointments with the North Melbourne Under-19s, Essendon reserves, and head coaching jobs with the North Melbourne and Carlton football clubs. In the podcast,Pagan discusses everything from the honour of being named as a Coaching Legend, the infamous 'Marshmallow Game' against Essendon (48:25), to some pearls of wisdom from the late Ron Casey before the 1996 finals series (49:35), a 'sliding doors' moment in his career (7:10), his coaching style, and much more.
In Episode four, AFL Coaches CEO Mark Brayshaw — and AFL Coaches Member Services Officer, Greg Hutchison — chat with Brisbane Lions Head Coach Chris Fagan. Fagan's career includes playing and coaching stints in his native Tasmania — he was inducted into the Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame in 2007 — as well as AFL coaching appointments at Melbourne, Hawthorn, and Brisbane.In the podcast, Fagan discusses everything from coaching alongside Neale Daniher at the Demons in the 2000 Grand Final, their first since 1988 (19:45), and winning four premierships with great mate Alastair Clarkson at the Hawks (32:15), to battling the 'go home factor' as the Lions' Head Coach (53:00), his coaching ethos, funniest moments in the coaches box and more.