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St Kilda Football Club Coaching Staff - 2014

Alan Richardson - Senior Coach

As the 45th coach of the St Kilda Football Club, Richardson takes the helm at St Kilda after an extensive coaching background having coached at five AFL clubs and VFL side Coburg.

Richardson player 114 games as a defender for Collingwood from 1987-1996, playing under Leigh Matthews and Tony Shaw. He then moved into coaching at his local club, East Burwood, in the Eastern Football League.

His stint at the Rams yielded back-to-back flags in 1999 and 2000, before he was appointed coach of VFL club Coburg when it was aligned with Richmond.

At the end of the 2002 season he was courted by the Western Bulldogs and subsequently appointed assistant coach there.

Under the guidance of Peter Rohde for two years and Rodney Eade for one, Richardson looked after the Western Bulldogs defence which included youngsters Brian Lake, Lindsey Gilbee and Dale Morris - all of whom went on to become All-Australians.

However after three years at the kennel, he was on the move again – this time back to Collingwood as a player development manager under Mick Malthouse.

After finishing second-last in 2005, the Magpies played finals in both years Richardson was at the club. It was in this period that he continued to strengthen his reputation as an excellent communicator and a respected mentor.

His tenure at Collingwood saw a rapid rise in the playing stocks of youngsters Scott Pendlebury, Dale Thomas and Travis Cloke among others, and his work with these players was critical to putting the wheels in motion for the 2010 premiership.

After his time at Collingwood, he moved to Essendon for the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons underMatthew Knights.

In search of greater opportunities and a more advanced position, Richardson joined Carlton in 2011 as senior assistant coach to Brett Ratten. Not only did he work closely with the playing group, but his portfolio included directing and advising other coaches as well as undertaking a leading role in training schedules and game-day activity.

By this point, Richardson had established himself as one of the AFL's most highly-regarded assistant coaches.

Shortly after Ratten's departure, Richardson also left the Blues to join Ken Hinkley at Port Adelaide ahead of the 2013 season.

In another career move that exemplified his ambitions to land a senior position, Richardson was appointed Port Adelaide's director of coaching and even took charge for Port's round six clash against North Melbourne when Ken Hinkley was ill.

David Teague - Assistant Coach (Backs)

After a stint as an Assistant Coach at the West Coast Eagles, former Carlton and North Melbourne player David Teague joins the Saints as its defensive line coach for 2014.

The 32-year-old played 33 games for North Melbourne and 50 games for Carlton in a six-year AFL career spanning 2001 to 2006. He won the John Nicholls medal as Carlton's Best and Fairest player in 2004, the same year that he won the Robert Rose medal as the league's Most Courageous Player as voted by the AFL Players' Association.

After his career came to a close in 2006, Teague signed on as playing coach with Carlton's VFL aligned team the Northern Bullants, which was combined with a full-time development role at the Blues.

Teague coached the Bullants to two VFL Grand Finals before moving to the West Coast Eagles, where he has spent the past three years as an Assistant Coach under John Worsfold.

Adam Kingsley - Assistant Coach (Midfield)

Recruited as part of Port Adelaide's inaugural side in 1997, Kingsley went on to play 170 games for the Power. He won the best and fairest in 1998 and was a member of the 2004 premiership team. After retiring at the end of 2006, he became an assistant coach at Port for four years. Kingsley joined St Kilda as offensive coach ahead of the 2011 season.

Danny Sexton - Assistant Coach (Midfield)

Danny Sexton has a wealth of football experience as a player and coach. He played at Port Melbourne for seven years before coaching Lower Plenty in the Diamond Valley Football League (now Northern Football League), ran the Calder Cannons under-16 and under-18 development programs and was head coach at the Northern Knights. Sexton joined St Kilda as a development coach in 2006, become the opposition analyst in 2010 before being appointed the Saints' defensive coach in 2012.

Aaron Hamill - Assistant Coach (Forwards)

The popular former St Kilda captain and Carlton forward played 190 games between 1996 and 2006. Although he remained on the Saints list in 2007, injury prevented him from playing any games.
After stepping away from football, Hamill returned to the Saints in 2012 as a part-time forwards coach. In 2014 Hamill has stepped up to be the Saints full-time forwards coach.


Darren Jolly - Assistant Coach (Rucks)

A strong-bodied ruckman who could push forward, Jolly played 237 between 2001 and 2013 for Melbourne, Sydney and Collingwood. Jolly was played in five Grand Finals over the course of his career, winning two premierships along the way for Sydney (2005) and Collingwood (2010). After his playing career came to a close, Jolly joined the Saints as part-time ruck coach.


Simon McPhee - Academy Manager

McPhee came to St Kilda at the end of 2011 after a successful period at Claremont Football Club in the WAFL. After taking over as Claremont in 2009, he led the Tigers to back-to-back minor premierships and then a Grand Final victory in 2011.
McPhee was appointed senior coach of the Sandringham Football Club and development coach at St Kilda prior to the 2012 season. He was appointed Academy Manager at the end of 2013.

Paul Hudson - Development Coach

Paul Hudson played 245 games for Hawthorn, the Western Bulldogs and Richmond from 1990-2002. A beautifully skilled mid-sized forward, he booted 479 goals across his career and finished fifth in the 1991 Brownlow medal in just his second season.

Hudson’s supreme goal sense and dead-eye set shot were his greatest attributes.

Before joining St Kilda Football Club as a development coach, Hudson worked as an assistant with the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood and was the coach of TAC Cup team Gippsland Power. 

Lindsay Gilbee - Development Coach

A skilful and composed half-back, Gilbee played 206 games for the Western Bulldogs from 2001-2012.
Following his retirement, Gilbee was an expert commentator with ABC Radio and was appointed a full-time development coach with St Kilda at the end of 2013.

Peta Searle - Development Coach

Peta Searle's footballing resume would rival anyone's in the AFL. A five-time premiership player and five-time premiership coach, in early June 2014, she became the first female appointed to an AFL club's coaching staff.

Searle has most recently worked under Gary Ayres at Port Melbourne the VFL and Daniel Harford at St Kevins Old Boys in the VAFA. 

She boasts a high-credentialed teaching background, and joins Lindsay Gilbee, Paul Hudson and Simon McPhee in the Saints academy.