Six assistant coaches across the league have been selected for the exclusive coaching accreditation course run by the AFL, with Collingwood’s Scott Burns headlining the successful applicants.
Brett Kirk (Sydney), Brendon Lade (Port Adelaide), Leigh Tudor (North Melbourne), Dean Solomon (Gold Coast) and Steven King (Western Bulldogs) round out the six-man group, who were selected on Monday after an extensive interview process.
Each assistant will be paired with an individual mentor and will complete workshops with international coaches over a two-year course and is tailored to each coach’s experience level.
Nineteen coaches have now been involved with the program, with the first group of nine completing the course at the end of last season.
The six coaches who will join the program this season will now be alongside the 2016 inductees, who include West Coast’s Justin Longmuir and Melbourne’s Jade Rawlings, as well as Peter Sumich and Brett Montgomery, who aren’t currently in the AFL system.
It is expected the course will now become compulsory for all senior coaching applicants once the course has a proven track record.