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Nathan Buckley - Senior Coach

Without doubt one of the greatest players to don the black and white guernsey, Nathan Buckley made headlines in 2009 when it was announced he would hold an assistant coach position at Collingwood for two seasons before assuming head coaching duties for the following three years.

After his retirement, Buckley had joined Channel Seven, 3AW and The Age as a commentator and analyst and remained a key figure in AFL ranks.

His acquisition was described as a major coup by the club, Buckley had the opportunity to work closely under Malthouse before becoming the senior coach.

The former skipper took over the forward line and helped it contribute to the second highest scoring side in the competition in 2010. The following year his apprenticeship focused on scouting the opposition.

Buckley immediately made an impact as the senior coach at the completion of the 2011 season adding three new development coaching positions. He also acquired the services of former senior coach Rodney Eade as the club's first Football and Coaching Strategist.

In his first season in charge of the senior side, Buckley guided his side through a shaky start that was marked by a 10-goal loss to Carlton in round three to the point at which his team had won 10 games in succession and led the AFL ladder after 14 rounds.

During the 2012 season, Buckley and his coaching staff were forced to deal with several unforeseen setbacks, namely four knee and three shoulder reconstructions and the death of much-loved former player John McCarthy.

In the two years that followed, Buckley took the club into its eighth consecutive finals series in 2013.

After three years out of the finals action, Buckley is determined to lift his Magpies back up the ladder in 2017.

Career Statistics

Playing Career: Brisbane 1993 (20 games, 21 goals), Collingwood 1994-2007 (260 games, 263 goals). Total: 280 games, 284 goals.

Coaching Career: Collingwood 2012-2016 (114 games: 61 wins, 53 losses).

Honours: Brownlow Medal (2003) tied, Norm Smith Medal (2002), AFL Rising Star Award (1993), All-Australian Team (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003), All-Australian vice-captain (1999, 2000, 2003), International Rules Series (1998, 1999), International Rules Series captain (1999), Allies State of Origin Representative (1995-1997), Allies State of Origin Captain (1997), Alex Jesaulenko Medal (1997), Copeland Trophy - Best and Fairest (1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003), 2nd Best and Fairest (1997), 3rd Best and Fairest (2001), Collingwood Team of the Century (half back flank), Collingwood Captain (1999-2007; 161 games).

Coaching Career: AIS-AFL Academy squad (assistant) 2008-2009, Vic Country U16 (coach) 2009, Collingwood assistant (forward line and opposition) 2010-2011, Collingwood coach (senior) 2012-2016).

Coaching Record: 4th (2012), 8th (2013), 11th (2014), 12th (2015), 12th (2016).

Coached By: Robert Walls (1993), Leigh Matthews (1994-1995), Tony Shaw (1996-1999), Mick Malthouse (2000-2007).

Coached With: Luke Beveridge (2010), Gavin Brown (2010), Paul Hudson (2010), Paul Licuria (2010-2011), Mick Malthouse (2010-2011), Mark Neeld (2010-2011), Anthony Rocca (2010-2016), Scott Watters (2010-2011), Matthew Lappin (2011-2014), Tarkyn Lockyer (2011-2016), Craig McRae (2011-2015), Rodney Eade (2012-2014), Mitch Hahn (2012-2013), Ben Hart (2012-2016), Robert Harvey (2012-2016), Dale Tapping (2012-2016), Scott Burns (2014-2016), Steve Grace (2014-2016), Jared Rivers (2016).