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Stinear was appointed Melbourne’s women’s senior coach and development coach for the men’s team in September 2016.

A small defender/midfielder in his playing days, he was regarded as a fine leader from a young age.

In 2002, Stinear was vice-captain of the under-18 Vic Metro team, which featured the likes of Jobe Watson, Kade Simpson and Nick Malceski. He also won the 2002 best and fairest for Dandenong Stingrays, before he became a Carlton rookie list player in 2003.  

In 2004, he moved to Queensland, winning the 2004 Grogan Medal with Mt Gravatt – the Brownlow Medal equivalent in the AFLQ. He later played in a flag with the Vultures, along with former Melbourne player Rohan Bail.

Stints with St Kilda City, De La Salle and Dalyston followed, before he spent 2011-16 as an administrator/coach with Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup.

He coached the Chargers to back-to-back flags in 2014-15 and guided the club to the preliminary final in 2016.

Stinear is the brother-in-law of highly respected commentator Anthony Hudson.

Shaun O’Loughlin was appointed a women’s assistant coach in October 2016, after being involved with its coaching panel from 2014-16. 

O’Loughlin’s coaching stretches back to 2006 when he was a development coach and later the senior coach of Ballarat, where he took the club to the 2008 premiership. He also coached the club to the 2010 Grand Final.

It was at Ballarat where O’Loughlin worked with former Melbourne coach John Northey, who guided the Demons to the 1988 Grand Final and five consecutive finals series from 1987-91.

O’Loughlin was later part of the coaching panel with North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup from 2011-14.

He was Youth Girls Victorian Country coach from 2013-15. From 2014-16, he was Melbourne women’s team assistant coach and Goldfields Academy head coach.

In 2015-16, O’Loughlin was V/Line Cup under 15 coach and in 2016 he was Ballarat senior interleague coach.

Radford was appointed women’s assistant coach in October 2016.

He coached Parkdale from 2011-16, which included back-to-back flags in 2011-12 and runner-up in 2014.

Radford has also coached St Bedes College since 2011, where he is a teacher.

He previously coached St Paul’s Altona from 2001-07 and was playing assistant coach of Chelsea from 2005-09.

Radford played in the TAC Cup for Sandringham (Prahran) Dragons in 1995 and later for Sandringham Zebras in the VFA/VFL from 1997-2004.

Peter Mercoulia joined Melbourne as an assistant coach of the women’s team in November 2016.

Mercoulia, an assistant coach with Oakleigh Chargers in 2015-16, has an extensive football background.

He has been involved with Glen Iris, Oakleigh Chargers, St Paul’s and Springvale/Casey.

In his first year as midfield coach with Oakeleigh, the Chargers made the preliminary final.

When he was a playing/assistant coach of St Paul’s, he won the club best and fairest in 2013-14 and played in its 2011 and 2013 premierships.