Collingwood’s partnership with Brad Gotch recommences in 2017 as the respected football brain returns to the Holden Centre as an Academy Coach.
The 54-year-old has a host of footballing experience across the country, most recently as senior coach of South Adelaide in the SANFL.
Gotch’s playing career began in 1982 at Fitzroy and 96 games over nine years at both the Roys and St Kilda.
A transition into coaching saw Gotch forge an extensive resume as senior coach at Williamstown Football Club during its alignment with both Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs, taking the side to finals on six occasions from 2002 to 2009 including the 2003 VFL premiership.
That premiership included several of the Magpies’ most famous names, including future champions Nick Maxwell and Dane Swan.
After his seven-year stint at Williamstown and as a Collingwood assistant to Mick Malthouse, Gotch went on to coach the Casey Scorpions before joining Port Adelaide as an assistant coach in 2011.
Playing Career: Fitzroy 1982-1985 (43 games, 60 goals); Port Adelaide (SANFL) 1985 (11 games, 25 goals); St Kilda 1986-1990 (53 games, 62 goals); Dandenong (VFA) 1991
Honours: Norm Goss Medal 1991
Coaching Career: Dandenong (VFA) playing assistant coach 1991; Springvale (VFA/ VFL) coach 1996-1997; Prahran U18 (TAC Cup) coach 1998-1999; Collingwood assistant coach 2000-2007; Williamstown coach 2002-2009; Western Bulldogs development manager 2008-2009; Casey Scorpions coach 2010-2011; Melbourne assistant coach 2010-2011; Port Adelaide (AFL) assistant coach 2012-2013; South Adelaide coach 2014-2016