Mick Stinear - Senior Coach

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.

Jane Lange - Assistant Coach (Forwards)

Lange is regarded as one of the most talented coaches in women's football and was the first female to join Melbourne's AFLW coaching panel ahead of the 2018 season.

Lange made her name at the Darebin Falcons, where she played in eight Premierships across 151 games at the club. She would later go on to coach the Falcons to back-to-back VFLW Premierships in 2016 (as a playing coach) and 2017.

In addition to her work at Darebin, Lange has gained coaching experience with the VFL and VFLW Academy's, Carlton's AFLW side as well as the Western Bulldogs during the women's exhibition series played prior to the introduction of the AFLW.

Peter Mercoulia - Assistant Coach (Midfield)

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

In addition to working with Melbourne's midfielders, Mercoulia was appointed as the senior coach of the Casey Demons' VFLW team ahead of the 2021 season. 

Mercoulia 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.

Pat McKenna - Assistant Coach (Defence)

Pat McKenna joined the panel as a defensive line coach in November 2018, after two seasons on Melbourne's AFL list.

Originally drafted by the GWS Giants in 2014, McKenna's role with Melbourne was his first official coaching appointment.

In addition to his four years in the AFL system, McKenna's sporting experience at the elite level includes captaining Australia at the 2014 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Brooke Patterson - Development Coach (Defence)

Brooke Patterson made the switch from playing to coaching in late 2019 after 11 games with the Demons.

Patterson works as a development coach at Melbourne, while also working as an assistant coach with the Casey Demons' VFLW side.

Formerly of the highly successful Darebin Falcons VWFL team, Patterson brings a wealth of experience in women's football to her work with Melbourne's defensive unit.

Tamara Hyett - Development Coach (Midfield)

Tamara Hyett joined the Demons ahead of the 2021 AFLW pre-season, after three years heading up the Sandringham Dragons Under 18 program.

With a young playing list at Melbourne, Hyett's experience in developing players at the Dragons - including 2020 Demons draftee Eliza McNamara - makes her an ideal fit to the program.

Hyett will also work alongside Peter Mercoulia and Brooke Patterson on the Casey Demons' VFLW coaching panel.

Outside of footy, Hyett has a background as a professional golfer and is completing her Level 3 Coaching Course.

Jon Stinear - Development Coach (Forwards/Runner)

The brother of senior coach Mick, John Stinear works as a Development Coach with Melbourne's forwards as well as a match-day runner.

Stinear has been involved with the club since the inaugural 2017 AFLW season and has a playing background at Southern Football League side, St Kilda City, where he was part of back-to-back Premiership sides in 2009 and 2010.

Justin Crough - Development Coach (Rucks/Stoppages)

Justin Crough assists with Melbourne's ruck division as a Development Coach.

Crough was a highly successful player at VFA/VFL level with the Sandringham Zebras, where he won two Premierships and was awarded the JJ Liston Trophy as the league's best player in 1997. He is a member of the Sandringham Team of the Century and Hall of Fame.

Prior to that, Crough was a member of Hawthorn's VFL list in 1989, playing a handful of matches with the Under 19 and Reserves teams.