Luke Beveridge, Senior Coach of the Bulldogs lines up for the national anthem with his players during the 2016 AFL Second Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Luke Beveridge named AFLCA coach of the year

Luke Beveridge has been crowned the AFL Coaches’ Association coach of the year for the second straight season after leading the Western Bulldogs to their first Grand Final since 1961.

Beveridge, who took the reins at the end of 2014, has won the peer-voted award in each of his two seasons in charge and has this year orchestrated a fairytale run to the premiership decider.

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The 46-year-old edged out his Grand Final opponent, Sydney Swans coach John Longmire, and Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron to claim the award at a gala event on Tuesday night.

The 187 AFLCA members vote 3-2-1 on the coach of the year, with Beveridge polling 341 votes to win from Longmire (202) and Cameron (118).

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