Chris Scott (Australian footballer)
Christopher Michael Scott (born 3 May 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL) best known for being a dual premiership player with the Brisbane Lions in addition to a first-year Bradbury style premiership coach at Geelong. He attended St Kevin’s College, Toorak, Melbourne. He has been the coach of the Geelong Football Club from 2011.
Scott in 2011
|Full name||Christopher Michael Scott|
|Date of birth||3 May 1976|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Eastern Ranges|
12th overall, 1993|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|1994–1996||Brisbane Bears||55 (23)|
|1997–2007||Brisbane Lions||160 (56)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of Round 8, 2019.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Scott was picked by the Brisbane Bears in the 1993 AFL Draft with the 12th draft pick and moved to Queensland while still studying at St Kevin's College. He studied at Brisbane Boys' College during his first years as an AFL player.
Scott became one of the AFL's toughest defensive players, using his strength to outmuscle opposing forwards. Along with his brother Brad, they were nicknamed the Kray brothers by some fans for their forceful and ruthless styles of play.
During Brisbane's three-peat era Scott was part of a powerful backline also containing Mal Michael, Chris Johnson and Justin Leppitsch. He caused controversy in round 1 of 2005 when Scott, along with Mal Michael, crashed into St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt after Riewoldt chose to stay on the ground with a broken collarbone. In the same game Scott also had several teeth knocked out after receiving a back-handed fist from opponent Aaron Hamill.
After participating in two premiership sides, Scott's later career was plagued with injuries, but his occasional appearances showed his experience and skill. Brisbane's round 22 match against Geelong on September 1, 2007 became his last after announcing his retirement.
In 2008, Scott joined Fremantle as an assistant coach.
In 2010, Scott was a frontrunner for the Port Adelaide Football Club senior coaching position to replace the sacked Mark Williams but ultimately fell short and caretaker coach and former Port captain, Matthew Primus, was chosen by the selection committee to be the club's senior coach. The media speculated that Scott was considered the second best applicant by the selection committee. On 18 October 2010, it was officially announced by the Geelong Football Club that Scott would be their new coach, following Mark Thompson's resignation at the end of the 2010 season.
Scott had a brilliant start to his AFL coaching career, with Geelong winning its first thirteen matches of the 2011 season. His thirteen wins in succession was the best start to a coaching career in almost 80 years. But this streak was broken in round 15, when the Cats went down to Essendon by four points.
Scott coached Geelong to its third Grand Final in five years and became the first coach since Malcolm Blight in 1997 to win a premiership as a first-year club coach, when Geelong defeated Collingwood in the 2011 AFL Grand Final by 38 points. He is also the youngest premiership coach since Alex Jesaulenko in 1979 to win a Grand Final.
In August 2014, Scott signed a two-year contract extension extending his tenure as senior coach of Geelong until the end of 2017.
In August 2018, Scott then signed a four-year contract extension extending his tenure as senior coach of Geelong until the end of 2022.
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|W||Wins||L||Losses||D||Draws||W%||Winning percentage||LP||Ladder position||LT||League teams|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
- "Horror night for Saints". Melbourne: The Age. 25 March 2005. Retrieved 28 August 2007.
- AAP; Harvey promises cruel summer; The Age; 2007-10-29; Retrieved on 2008-02-19
- Gullan, Scott (17 October 2010). "Chris Scott earns Cats gig". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
- Auciello, Michael (13 August 2014). "Chris Scott signs two-year contract with Geelong until the end of 2017". Geelong Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
- Chris Scott's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Chris Scott's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
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- Chris Scott's playing statistics from AFL Tables