Simon Goodwin - Senior Coach

After two years learning the ropes as an assistant under Paul Roos, Simon Goodwin officially took the reins ahead of the 2017 season.

A superstar with Adelaide, Goodwin played 275 matches from 1997-2010, with only Andrew McLeod (340 games), Tyson Edwards (321), Mark Ricciuto (312), Ben Hart (311) and Nigel Smart (278) having played more matches for the Crows. He was a dual premiership player with Adelaide in 1997-98 and captained the Crows from 2008-10.

From 2011-14, Goodwin was an assistant coach with Essendon, where he became a highly regarded coaching prospect. In round 23, 2013, Goodwin filled in as Essendon senior coach.

After starting his career as a defender, he became one of the AFL’s best midfielders in the 2000s – and one of the game’s best players of the modern era.

A five-time All-Australian in 2000-01, 2005-06 and 2009, Goodwin won the Malcolm Blight Medal – Adelaide’s best and fairest award – three times in 2000 and 2005-06. He also finished runner-up in Adelaide’s club champion award in 2007-08 and third in 2009. Goodwin was also named the AFL Coaches Association player of the year in 2006.

In 2000-01, he represented Australia against Ireland in the International Rules series and in 2008 he played for the Dream Team against Victoria. He won the Michael Tuck Medal in 2006. Before his stellar AFL career, Goodwin was a talented cricketer and co-captained the South Australian under-19 team.

Alan Richardson - General Manager of AFL Football Performance

An experienced tactician, Alan Richardson joined Melbourne's set-up ahead of the 2020 season.

After spending the 2020 season as the club's Director of Coaching, Richardson was later appointed to the position General Manager of AFL Football Performance in preparation for 2021.

In his role, Richardson oversees the performance-based elements of the AFL program including coaching, high performance, medical, performance psychology and skill development. 

Richardson is a well respected figure in the footy industry and joined the Demons after six years and 126 games at the helm at St Kilda, where he finished as the club's second longest serving coach.

Prior to working at the Saints, Richardson held assistant roles with the Western Bulldogs, Collingwood, Essendon, Carlton and Port Adelaide and coached Coburg at VFL level in 2003. He also acted as Port Adelaide's senior coach for one match in 2013 in the absence of Ken Hinkley.

As a player, Richardson made his name as a reliable defender across 114 games at Collingwood between 1987 and 1996. At the Magpies, he narrowly missed playing in the 1990 Premiership after being selected for the Grand Final, but failing a fitness test.

Adem Yze - Midfield Coach

Club great Adem Yze joined the Demons coaching panel in October 2020 in the role of Midfield Coach.

Yze has a wealth of coaching experience, having thrived in various positions at Hawthorn where he was part of the coaching panel during their 2013, 2014 and 2015 Premierships.

A much-loved figure at Melbourne, Yze played 271 games for the Demons between 1995 to 2008.

Yze made an immediate impact at the Demons in his first season of 1995, winning the Harold Ball Memorial Trophy as the club's best young player.

He became a prominent member of Melbourne's line-up throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, winning the 2001 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy and earning a spot in the 2002 All Australian team.

In 2000 and 2002, he was part of the Australian International Rules side which toured Ireland - playing alongside Simon Goodwin in the 2000 series.

Yze was awarded Club Life Membership in 2004 and was later awarded AFL Life Membership in 2009.

Troy Chaplin - Backline Coach

Chaplin has been a part of the Melbourne coaching setup since September 2016, originally serving as the club’s offensive coordinator.

The former key defender, who retired at the end of the 2016 season, played 215 AFL matches from 2004-16.

Chaplin represented Port Adelaide in 140 games from 2004-12 (playing under Melbourne development coach Mark Williams for most of this time) and made 75 appearances for Richmond from 2013-16.

During his playing days, he kept an eye towards a coaching career, honing his craft at Sturt, Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup and assisting with Richmond in his last few months at Punt Rd.

He made his AFL debut in round four, 2004 against the red and blue at the MCG.

Although Chaplin made just one appearance in his first season – the same year Port Adelaide won its inaugural AFL premiership – by 2006, he was a mainstay in the Power line-up and had received a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.

In 2010, he finished second in Port Adelaide’s best and fairest award, after coming third in 2009.

In his first season with the Tigers, Chaplin finished third in the best and fairest.

Originally from Maryborough Rovers/North Ballarat, Chaplin was selected by the Power at No.15 in the 2003 NAB AFL Draft. He crossed to Richmond as a restricted free agent in 2012.

Greg Stafford - Forward Coach

Greg Stafford was appointed as the club's Forward Coach in November 2020.

He has been part of the club's coaching set-up since 2013, previously working part-time with the Ruck division as well as in the role of Goal Kicking Coach.

A towering ruckman and sharpshooting goal kicker, Stafford played 204 AFL games from 1993 to 2006 split between Sydney and Richmond.

Hailing from Sydney's inner west, Stafford was recruited by the Swans as a rookie in 1993 and was one of the first players raised in Sydney to break into the AFL system.

He played 130 games at Sydney from 1993 to 2001, booting 58 goals and earning selection in the Allies State of Origin team in 1996.

Stafford continued his career at Richmond, joining the Tigers in the 2001 Trade Period. He played 74 matches in the yellow and black, before announcing his retirement in 2006.

Mark Williams - Head of Development

Premiership-winning coach Mark Williams was appointed as Melbourne’s Head of Development in December 2020.

He will work closely in developing the club's younger players, helping them push to the next level in their footy careers.

The highly respected figure joins the Demons after 40 years industry experience as a player and coach. 

He is most well known for his role as Port Adelaide’s Senior Coach between 1999 to 2010. During his 12-year tenure, the Power qualified for the finals on seven occasions, going all the way in 2004 to claim their maiden Premiership triumph. He again took them to the Grand Final in 2007, where they were defeated by Geelong.

Other accolades Port earned under his watch included minor Premierships in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and Pre-Season Cup victories in 2001 and 2002. 

Williams departed Alberton Oval in 2010 and moved on to work as a Senior Assistant Coach at the GWS Giants in 2011 and 2012.

In 2012, Williams accepted a position with the Richmond Football Club working alongside Damien Hardwick as their Development Coach.

Most recently, Williams has been the Senior Coach of the Werribee Football Club in the VFL, and prior to that, he was Coach of amateur club AJAX in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

A former teacher by trade, Williams had a distinguished playing career which saw him play a combined total of 380 games in the SANFL with West Adelaide (64), Port Adelaide (115) and VFL/AFL with Collingwood (135) and Brisbane Bears (66).

During his time at the Pies, Williams won the Club Best and Fairest in both 1981 and 1985. He was captain of Collingwood from 1983-1986 and its leading goalkicker in 1984.

Following his time at Collingwood, he joined the Brisbane Bears in 1987 where he was named the inaugural vice-captain.

Mark Corrigan - Casey Demons Men's Senior Coach

Mark Corrigan was appointed as Casey's senior coach for the 2021 East Coast reserves competition and will work alongside Melbourne's AFL coaching panel in player development.

Corrigan previously worked at Essendon in a variety of roles, with a strong focus on player development. Most recently, Corrigan was due to coach the Bombers VFL side in 2020, before COVID-19 cancelled the season.

Prior to his time at Essendon, Corrigan spent four years developing his craft at Geelong as the Opposition Analysis Coach, Development Coach, and VFL Midfield Coach.

As a player, Corrigan won a Geelong Football League Premiership with the South Barwon Swans and represented Geelong’s VFL side, taking out the club’s Best and Fairest in 2013.