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    Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

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    The Western Bulldogs have confirmed changes to its coaching structure for the 2019 season, across its AFL and VFL programs.

    Daniel Giansiracusa has been announced as the 2019 head coach of the Western Bulldogs’ VFL team, Footscray.

    The 36-year-old, who has been an AFL assistant coach at the Bulldogs for the last four seasons, will continue his coaching education by taking control of his own team next season, as part of an integrated coaching structure at the club.

    “As part of his coaching pathway, it is important for Gia to coach his own senior team,” said Bulldogs’ Senior Coach Luke Beveridge.

    “The timing is now right for him, and for the Club to provide the support he needs to help us be successful at both AFL and VFL level.”

    Steve Grace, who coached Footscray in 2018, will now move into an AFL line-coaching position looking after the midfield.

    The Bulldogs’ defensive coach, Steven King, has been elevated to the position of Senior Assistant Coach as he manages an expanded Defensive Systems and Backs portfolio, while Ash Hansen will be in control of an upgraded Offensive Systems and Forwards coaching role.

    Joel Corey, who coached the midfield group in 2018, will take on the fresh challenge of managing stoppages and set plays next season.

    Rohan Smith (Development Manager) will continue to lead the growth of the Club’s young players, assisted by Jamie Maddocks (Opposition and Development Coach) and Jordan Russell (Development Coach).

    “With the changing landscape of the game and the various time constraints, it is necessary to restructure our workflows and maximise our opportunity to make us successful,” Beveridge said.

    “We are fortunate enough to have an established coaching group continue to support and develop our players for 2019.”
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Looking forward to see how this is works for us.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    I hope these changes work. No fresh talent/perspective though is a shame. And I could do without the strangulated management speak....structuring our workflows and maximising our opportunity to make us successful..

    I felt Bevo needed at least one or two new faces to shake up the coaching team.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Gia was always going to be the VFL coach at some stage, he had many times said he wanted to coach his own team.
    Not sure about the Steve Grace role but the others I agree with.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    This is positive, especially Gia moving across to Footscray.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Good luck to them in their new roles.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Quote Originally Posted by The bulldog tragician View Post
    I hope these changes work. No fresh talent/perspective though is a shame. And I could do without the strangulated management speak....structuring our workflows and maximising our opportunity to make us successful..

    I felt Bevo needed at least one or two new faces to shake up the coaching team.
    Yep. No new voices or ideas from other experiences at other clubs. The dinner party is still pretty much the same if all you do is keep the same people and put them in different seats. It can't be any worse than after the premiership.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Agree with others . We needed a new voice or two in the coaching ranks

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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Quote Originally Posted by Remi Moses View Post
    Agree with others . We needed a new voice or two in the coaching ranks
    Yeah I think so. Some new faces and new ideas can't hurt.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    Does this mean all coaching positions are filled? Surely some new coaches are needed.

    I do hope our fitness staff are given a chop out next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratsmac View Post
    Does this mean all coaching positions are filled? Surely some new coaches are needed.

    I do hope our fitness staff are given a chop out next year.
    Our fitness and conditioning program needs a review with all the injuries. 2019 I'm hoping the year we have hardly any injuries for a change.
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    Re: Coaching Structure For The 2019 Season

    New is not necessarily better. I am hopeful that the rearrangement will work. I am happy to have Gia coach Footscray to get the experience. His first year of coaching our forward line was a worry.
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