Grant Thomas was elected interim coach after Malcolm Blight was controversially sacked midway through 2001.
Thomas transitioned his experience in the business world into his coaching by using a ‘man-management’ coaching style. He used words such as “processes” and “outcomes” before they became the norm in the football world.
St Kilda won one of Thomas’ seven games as interim coach but was appointed on a full-time basis for the 2002 season.
Thomas coached St Kilda to consecutive preliminary finals in 2004 and 2005, plus a Wizard Cup premiership in 2005.
He is only one of three coaches to coach the Saints to three straight finals series, the others being Allan Jeans and Ross Lyon.