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Coaches

Andrew Sturgess – Senior Coach

Andrew Sturgess was announced as Coburg’s new Senior Coach in August 2019.

Sturgess made 21 appearances for the club in 2014-2015, where he was a well-respected member of the playing and the leadership group. He returned for the 2017 season, this time as an Assistant Coach responsible for the midfield before departing the club at the end of 2018 to take up the Senior Coaching role with Northern Football League Division One side Bundoora.

A former Northern Knight, Sturgess has also played with the Northern Football Leagues Eltham and the Goulburn Valley Football League's Seymour, where he won a Best and Fairest and also was named in the GVFL’s team of the year in 2016.

A schoolteacher by trade, Sturgess has also represented Northcote and Carlton in Victorian Premier Cricket.

Adrian Pilgrim – Assistant Coach, Midfield

Adrian joins the Coburg as the midfield coach for 2020, coming from the NAB Leagues Western Jets where he spent two seasons from 2018-19, his first season as a Development and Midfield Assistant Coach and then the second as the Backline Coach.

Adrian's coaching career began with assistant roles with Horsham (Wimmera FL) and Avoca (Maryborough Castlemaine FL) before taking over as Avoca Senior Coach from 2012-2014. He then moved onto Tatyoon in the Miniera Football League where he was Senior Coach from 2016-2017. Adrian also played his football with Horsham and Avoca, having come through the then North Ballarat Rebels pathway before spending time with the Northern Bullants. He is also a school teacher by trade.

Mark Hounslow – Assistant Coach, Backline

Mark also joins Coburg from the NAB League's Western Jets, where he spent the 2019 season as the Forwards Coach.

Mark's coaching career for much of the past decade was spent in the strong Geelong Football League competition, where he had roles as a Senior Assistant Coach with Grovedale (2011-2014) and Geelong West (2015-2017), before moving onto Newtown & Chillwell as a Development and Forwards Coach for 2018. Mark began his junior and senior football playing career with Heidelberg in the Northern FL before moving onto the VFA with Box Hill. He also played in Queensland with QAFL clubs Southport and Labrador, then in Cairns with Port Douglas. Upon his return to Victoria he also played with Western Border League clubs Heywood and Hamilton Imperials, and also Ocean Grove in the Bellarine FL.

Michael Still – Assistant Coach, Forwards

Michael joins Coburg after spending the past three seasons as a playing Assistant Coach with his junior club, Eltham. He coached the last few rounds of the 2019 season alongside Brent Macaffer.

Drafted from the Northern Knights to Essendon with pick 55 in the 2008 AFL draft, Still spent much of his time with the Bombers' then affiliated club, Bendigo. After leaving Essendon he spent 2011 in the VFL with Werribee before moving onto the SANFL where he spent 2012-14 with West Adelaide. Moving back to Victoria for 2015, he joined Collingwood's VFL team where he spent two seasons before returning to Eltham on a full time basis.

Brent Macaffer – Development Coach

Collingwood Premiership player Brent Macaffer joins the Lions for the 2020 season as a Development Coach where he will work with our younger players and midfielders.

Brent managed 77 AFL games and 33 goals with Collingwood from 2007-2016 and was awarded life membership in 2019. Since retiring from Collingwood he has worked in their player welfare department, and has been playing with Eltham in the Northern Football League where he co-coached the last part of the 2019 season with Michael Still.

Luke Lobello – Football Department Assistant/Development Coach

Luke joins the club as a football department assistant for 2020. Luke is keen to further his coaching and as a schoolteacher by trade, he has been involved in coaching with Carey Grammar, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar and Camberwell Girls Grammar School's football programs.

Daniel Fiteni – Football Department Assistant/Development Coach

Daniel also joins the club as a football department assistant for 2020.

Daniel played his senior football with Keilor Park and also had a stint in the VFL with Williamstown in the early 2000's. He also recently played football with Essendon Masters.

Elliot Matthews – High Performance Manager

Elliot started at Coburg for the 2018 season as part of an internship for the High Performance team, before becoming elevated to a strength and conditioning coaching role for the 2019 season. In September 2019, he was appointed the clubs new High Performance Manager.

Elliot's previous experience includes working as a personal trainer for both Pro Sport Health and Fitness and the Yarra City Council. He also previously was a strength and conditioning coach with VFL club Port Melbourne in 2016, and has also worked as a Hockey Coach with Kew's Xavier College.