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Club Coaches



A total of 50 individuals have coached the Brisbane Lions, Fitzroy or the Bears throughout the Club's combined history.

Geoff Moriarty first sat at the helm of Fitzroy in 1911, while Percy Parratt was the Club's first official premiership coach. 

However, 14 of the Club's 50 coaches have performed a caretaker role - either replacing an existing coach mid-season, or assumed the role on a short-term basis in the absence of the head coach.

Three-time Brisbane Lions Premiership coach Leigh Matthews holds the record for most games coached at the Club with 237, while Robert Walls (224 games with Fitzroy and the Bears), and Bill Stephen (214 games with Fitzroy) round out the top three.

Michael Voss is the only other person to have coached the Club in 100 games or more.

A complete list of Club coaches is outlined in table below.
 

COACH

G

YEAR/S

WIN %

Geoff Moriarty

36

1911-12 (Fitzroy)

55.6%

Percy Parratt

91

1913-15, 1920-21 (Fitzroy)

68.1%

George Holden

54

1916-19 (Fitzroy)

44.4%

Ted Melling

9

1919* (Fitzroy)

44.4%

Vic Belcher

93

1922-24, 1926-27 (Fitzroy)

52.7%

Chris Lethbridge

17

1925 (Fitzroy)

70.6%

Gordon Rattray

72

1928, 1937-39 (Fitzroy)

34.7%

Jimmy Freake

8

1929 (Fitzroy)

12.5%

Doug Ringrose

10

1929* (Fitzroy)

20.0%

Colin Niven

36

1930-31 (Fitzroy)

69.4%

Frank Maher

36

1932-33 (Fitzroy)

38.9%

Jack Cashman

2

1934 (Fitzroy)

50.0%

Len Wigraft

16

1934* (Fitzroy)

37.5%

Percy Rowe

18

1935 (Fitzroy)

44.4%

Haydn Bunton

18

1936 (Fitzroy)

11.1%

Dan Minogue

51

1940-42 (Fitzroy)

49.0%

Fred Hughson

96

1943-47 (Fitzroy)

62.5%

Norm Hillard

1

1945* (Fitzroy)

-

Charles Cameron

19

1948 (Fitzroy)

47.4%

Norm Smith

55

1949-51 (Fitzroy)

54.5%

Allan Ruthven

57

1952-54 (Fitzroy)

49.1%

Bill Stephen

214

1955-57, 1965-70, 1979-80 (Fitzroy)

31.7%

Frank Curcio

1

1956* (Fitzroy)

-

Len Smith

92

1958-62 (Fitzroy)

54.3%

Arthur Edwards

1

1961* (Fitzroy)

100%

Kevin Murray

34

1963-64 (Fitzroy)

-

Wally Clark

1

1963* (Fitzroy)

100%

Tommy Williams

1

1964* (Fitzroy)

-

Ray Slocum

1

1968* (Fitzroy)

-

Graham Donaldson

85

1971-74 (Fitzroy)

40.0%

Graham Campbell

25

1974*, 1978 (Fitzroy)

32.0%

Kevin Rose

66

1975-77 (Fitzroy)

33.3%

Robert Walls

224

1981-85 (Fitzroy), 1991-95 (Bears)

40.2%

David Parkin

69

1986-88 (Fitzroy)

43.5%

Peter Knights

59

1987-89 (Bears)

27.1%

Paul Feltham

7

1989* (Bears)

71.4%

Rod Austin

44

1989-90 (Fitzroy)

43.18%

Norm Dare

22

1990 (Bears)

18.2%

Robert Shaw

86

1991-94 (Fitzroy)

32.6%

Bernie Quinlan

19

1995 (Fitzroy)

10.3%

Alan McConnell

11

1995-96* (Fitzroy)

-

Michael Nunan

14

1996 (Fitzroy)

7.1%

John Northey

59

1996 (Bears), 1997-98 (Lions)

49.1%

Roger Merrett

11

1998* (Lions)

27.3%

Leigh Matthews

237

1999-2008 (Lions)

59.9%

John Blakey

1

2005* (Lions)

-

Michael Voss

109

2009-13 (Lions)

39.4%

Mark Harvey

3

2013* (Lions)

66.7%

Justin Leppitsch

66

2014-2016 (Lions)

21.2%

Chris Fagan

22

2016-

22.7%

*Caretaker Coach
Premiership Coach