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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.

Danny Sexton - Director of Coaching & Strategy 

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. 

At the end of the 2014, Sexton was appointed St Kilda's Director of Coaching & Strategy.

Rohan Welsh - Assistant Coach (Defence)

Rohan Welsh played full forward in Dandenong’s 1991 VFA premiership team (alongside Saints recruiting manager Tony Elshaug) and was the league’s leading goal kicker-that year with 84 goals. He also won the 1991 VFA mark of the year. Welsh went on to play 43 games for the Blues between 1992 and 1997, including the 1993 AFL Grand Final. He later joined Frankston in the VFL as a player before turning to coaching with the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup from 2001 – 2004.

He held the position of senior coach of Oakleigh Chargers from 2005 – 2008 (which included the 2006 premiership) and then coached the Vic Metro under-18 team at the National Championships from 2009 – 2012.

For the past two years Welsh has been senior coach for Casey Scorpions in the VFL and was appointed as St Kilda's Assistant Defensive Coach towards the end of 2014.

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.

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.

 

Adam Skrobalak - Assistant Coach (Ruck, part-time)

Skrobalak has previously held a VFL assistant coaching role - forward line and development - at Port Melbourne under Gary Ayres before moving to the Western Jets, where he worked with the midfield, rucks and backline. He has also coached the AFL multicultural squad and the Vic Metro under 17s team.

Danny Frawley - Specialist Defence Coach (part-time)

A former St Kilda captain and highly respected defender, Frawley returns to the Saints this year in a coaching capacity. Since coaching Richmond in the early 2000s, Frawley has forged a career in the media and was CEO of the Coaches Association until last year. In 2007, he was inducted into the St Kilda Hall of Fame. Frawley will assist in mentoring and coaching the raft of young defenders in his part-time role this season. 

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Simon McPhee - Head of Player Academy and Development

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 - Sandringham Senior Coach and 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.

Hudson will coach the Sandringham Zebras VFL team in 2015.

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.

Find out more about Peta Searle