Todd Viney

Todd Viney (born 30 March 1966) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne in the VFL/AFL. After the sacking of Dean Bailey due to their 186-point loss to eventual premiers Geelong on 30 July 2011, it was announced that Viney would be Melbourne's caretaker coach for the remainder of 2011.[1]

Todd Viney
Viney in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Todd Viney
Date of birth (1966-03-30) 30 March 1966
Original team(s) Sturt (SANFL)
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985–1986 Sturt 45 (30)
1987–1999 Melbourne 233 (92)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2011 Melbourne 5 (1–4–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1999.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Football career

As a youngster, Viney was a talented tennis player and held an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 1983 to 1984.[2] But at 18 decided to switch and pursue a footballing career.

A Sturt recruit, Viney was mostly a wingman and on-baller for Melbourne.

After 9 seasons with the Demons, he decided to retire from football in order to become the fitness coach and hitting partner of the young tennis star Mark Philippoussis.[3] However, Todd's standing with Mark's father/manager/coach Nick Philippoussis was very strained (as many people had warned him), and he soon resumed his football career with the Demons, midway through the 1996 season.

He finished equal fifth in the 1998 Brownlow Medal and twice won Melbourne's Best and fairest. Viney captained the Demons in 1998 and 1999 and earned All Australian selection that year. He announced his retirement before the end of the 1999 season due to nerve and hamstring related injuries. His brother Jay also played with Melbourne.

Viney is named in Melbourne’s Team of the Century, and is a member of the Club’s Hall of Fame.

Coaching career

In 2000, he joined the Melbourne coaching panel as a midfield coach. Viney then moved to Echuca coaching country club Moama.

Former teammate Alistair Clarkson recruited Viney as an assistant coach at Hawthorn from 2005 to the end of 2008, including their 2008 premiership season.[4] He then moved to the Adelaide Crows from 2009 to 2010.[4] Viney resigned from his role at the conclusion of the 2010 season, and signed with Melbourne to be in charge of Melbourne's player development program.[4] With Viney's move back to the Demons, Adelaide conceded Viney's talented son, Jack, to the Demons, under the father-son rule.[4]

After Dean Bailey was sacked, the Melbourne Football Club announced that Viney would be caretaker coach for the remainder of 2011.[1] Viney was not retained as senior coach for the 2012 season, due to the appointment of Mark Neeld as Melbourne coach, however he remained with the club as the General Manager of Player Personnel.


Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1987 Melbourne 12169111807925958440.60.711.34.916.23.62.8
1988 Melbourne 121217654110621160.
1989 Melbourne 12964904913939110.70.410.05.415.44.31.2
1990 Melbourne 121512131907426451210.80.912.74.917.63.41.4
1991 Melbourne 12241315412182594103360.50.617.27.624.84.31.5
1992 Melbourne 12227423416239676400.
1993 Melbourne 12206523822846667380.30.311.911.423.33.41.9
1994 Melbourne 12253125828854674590.10.010.311.521.83.02.4
1995 Melbourne 12174417917535456350.20.210.510.320.83.32.1
1996 Melbourne 12121812312725044210.10.710.310.620.83.71.8
1997 Melbourne 12227226123549661600.30.111.910.722.52.82.7
1998 Melbourne 122215928119948094430.70.412.
1999 Melbourne 121781217611028652260.50.710.46.516.83.11.5
Career 233 92 95 2687 1949 4636 796 450 0.4 0.4 11.5 8.4 19.9 3.4 1.9

Coaching statistics

 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
2011* Melbourne 514020.0%1317
Career totals 5 1 4 0 20.0%

* = Caretaker coach

Honours and achievements

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1987 3
1988 0
1989 0
1990 1
1991 7
1992 1
1993 2
1994 2
1995 3
1996 2
1997 9
1998 20
1999 5
Total 55


  1. Brodie, Will (1 August 2011). "Viney announced as Melbourne caretaker coach". Brisbane Times. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  2. Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X.
  3. Beveridge, Riley (4 May 2015). "Todd Viney reflects on his stint coaching Mark Philippoussis". Fox Sports. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  4. Matthews, Bruce (13 October 2010). "Todd Viney return has a bonus". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  5. Todd Viney's player profile at AFL Tables
  6. Todd Viney's coaching profile at AFL Tables
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