Tony Elshaug

Tony Elshaug (born 19 July 1960) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne, Essendon and Collingwood Football Clubs in the then Victorian Football League (VFL) mainly during the 1980s. He also spent almost twenty years as an assistant coach for various Australian Football League clubs.

Tony Elshaug
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-07-19) 19 July 1960
Original team(s) Bentleigh
Draft No. 29, 1989 pre-season draft
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1979–1983 Melbourne 066 0(92)
1984–1987 Essendon 065 0(75)
1988 Collingwood 006 00(4)
Total 137 (171)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1988.
Career highlights
  • Essendon premiership player 1985
Sources: AFL Tables,

Playing career

A rover, Elshaug made his league debut in 1979 with Melbourne and by the age of 19 was representing Victoria in interstate football. He crossed to Essendon in 1984 and was a member of its 1985 premiership side, kicking 37 goals for the season. After a short stint with Collingwood in 1988 he finished his career in the Victorian Football Association with Dandenong, whom he captain-coached to the 1991 premiership.[1]

Coaching career

After retiring from playing AFL football, Elshaug was a premiership playing coach at Dandenong (VFA) in 1991, then moved straight into a role as regional manager for the Eastern Ranges, in the newly established TAC Cup, which had only just replaced the former VFL/AFL Under 19s competition. After two years at Eastern, Elshaug became an assistant coach to Denis Pagan at the North Melbourne Football Club.[1] He was an assistant under Pagan for thirteen years, at North Melbourne from 1994 until 2002, and then at Carlton Football Club from 2003 until 2006. In 2007, he moved to the St Kilda Football Club.[2] Throughout his coaching career, he has been involved in developmental, senior assistant, and reserves gameday coaching roles. He resigned from his coaching in the middle of the 2010 season for personal reasons,[1] then returned to St Kilda as the recruiting manager in 2011.[3] He stepped down as the List Manager on 15 June 2018.


  1. Sheahan, Tony (9 June 2010). "Coach Tony Elshaug walks out on Saints". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  2. "St Kilda Coaching Panel 2007". West of Moorabbin. 2 November 2006. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  3. "Demons snare Saint". Herald Sun. 21 September 2011. p. 78.
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