Peter German enters his fourth year as the Senior Coach of the Coburg Football Club, and in his reign has led them to an admirable 18 wins from 54 games for a winning record of 33%. Peter played 185 games for North Melbourne between 1984 and 1994, predominantly in the midfield kicking 201 goals. With over 20 years experience as a coach, Peter has previously coached Burnie in Tasmania, Peel Thunder and Subiaco in WA, and both Casey Scorpions and Williamstown as well as working with several AFL clubs including Hawthorn, West Coast, Fremantle, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.
Peter won the VFL Coach of the Year award in 2009, and also led Subiaco to the 2004 and 2006 WAFL Premierships. However, his track record in regards to player development would have to be one of, if not the best going around, with over 20 players either being drafted to play AFL. Aside from the likes of our own Adam Saad and Michael Hartley in recent years, his most notable product is 2014 Brownlow Medalist Matthew Priddis.
One of the modern day heroes of the VFL, 'PK' comes to Piranha Park in 2017 as our newly appointed Head Development League Team Coach, but will also be an assistant coach in the Senior side to Peter German. He managed a total of 146 State League games with Sandringham, Frankston and SANFL side Sturt. He was a member of Sandringham's 2005 Premiership side, made the VFL team of the year and finished runner up in the Liston Trophy in 2008, and also captained Frankston in 2010-11. PK would also serve the Dolphins as an assistant coach after his retirement, and most recently was the Senior Forwards coach with the Box Hill Hawks, with an additional emphasis on specialized individual player development.
Tony arrives at the Lions having spent the previous two seasons with the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup where he was a runner and being part of the coaching staff of the 2016 premiership side. Tony played with Old Paradians in the VAFA before moving to the Sydney Football League where he played for four seasons with Pennant Hills, whom he also coached in the under 19’s. Tony has held down match day roles with the Sydney Swans, Richmond and St Kilda, and has held coaching roles with Old Parade, Yarra Valley Grammar and Templestowe. A secondary school teacher by trade, Tony’s diversity across numerous roles within footy, basing his coaching philosophy on players having a sense of ownership, having a desire to be successful and having a tactical awareness of tempo style footy and source pressure will be a valuable asset to the coaching staff in 2017.
Andrew returns to the club for 2017, having played 21 senior games for the club across the 2014-15 seasons. Prior to arriving at Coburg, Andrew played for the Northern Knights before focusing on Cricket with district club Carlton, and playing with Eltham in the Northern Football League. Although his 2015 campaign was derailed by injury despite having played all games the year before, his leadership across both seasons were vital in the club’s re-establishment standing alone. Playing for GVFL club Seymour in 2016, Andrew would win the best & fairest in 2016 and also win a spot in the competitions team of the year. Andrew’s understanding of Peter German’s coaching, game plan and ‘Coburg Footy’ will be instrumental in the clubs fortunes for 2017. Also coming from a school teaching background, he will be vital to developing our younger players with his knowledge of leadership and acting as a mentor to them.
Lachlan Waterman played all his junior football with Glenelg in the SANFL and played over 100 Senior Games for Plympton. He also representated South Australian state amateur teams before turning his hand to Coaching. Waterman’s coaching has spanned across three states – he has coached at metropolitan and country level in South Australia; spent three seasons with the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup, 5 years in the WAFL with East Fremantle filling roles of Opposition Analyst, Forwards Coach, and Senior Development Coach- credited for accelerating the development of players who played under 50 senior games. In 2016, Waterman Coached, Developed and Mentored Indigenous footballers in the Geraldton Region with Mulwella. He comes to Coburg with high endorsement from former East Fremantle Coach Steve Malaxos, a former colleague of Peter German's at Fremantle.
Paul enters his second season Coburg and once again will be responsible for the Backline in the Development League side. He arrived at Piranha Park in early 2016, after spending the past two seasons with Essendon's VFL side as a general coaches assistant. He played in the early years with Greenvale in the EDFL and finished as a playing assistant with VAFA side Therry-Penola Old Boys. Paul's has a high level business background and his experience in a professional VFL/AFL environment will be vital to our young playing group, especially our first year players.
Adam Paterson joined the club in 2014 as a Development Assistant Coach after an extensive career in local football spanning two decades. Won the EDFL Reserves Division 2 Best and Fairest at the age of 38 with East Keilor in 2014, and retired at the end of the 2015 season. Adam will again be in charge of the development sides midfield for the fourth season in a row.
Melissa Ashman will be responsible for the Development League's Forward Line in 2017. Melissa has played over 200 games of VWFL with VU Western Spurs, St.Kilda Sharks & Port Melbourne Colts, and was highly recommended to the club by President Kevin Breen. With plenty of experience in Women's Football locally, Ashman will be looking to make a seamless transition from playing into coaching.
Derek was appointed as the clubs High Performance Manager in October, 2015. He comes to the club after a three year stint with the Box Hill Hawks, and is currently the Head of Physical Education at South Morang's Marymeade Catholic College. Derek's focus will be to facilitate the design and delivery of an innovative and sustainable high performance program with a specific focus with 'on field-conditioning' as well as overseeing all other elements of the program. He is currently completing his Masters of Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University.