Our Team

Chris Connolly

84 games Melbourne FC
Fremantle FC Head Coach
Hawthorn FC Asst Coach
Melbourne FC Asst Coach
Eastern U18 Head Coach

Coaching Director

The committee must support their junior coaches and give them every chance to create the right enviroment for their young players to flourish

Chris was born into football. His father Barry played for Footscray and became a legendary figure in Country football. Barry coached Ardlethan, Nathalia, Waaia, Invergordan, Shepparton and Shepparton United football clubs. He formed junior football competitions in Ardlethan and Nathalia. He was president of the Shepparton United football club and Goulburn Valley football leagues for over twenty years.

Chris followed in his fathers foot steps to play, coach and administer in Australian rules football.

Chris ( born 25 March 1963 ) has played, coached and administrated in the Australian football league. He played played 84 games and kicked 38 goals as a midfielder for the Melbourne football club. Chris was senior coach of the Fremantle football club from 2002 to 2007.

1978 Captain of Goulburn Valley schoolboys side.

Under 15 state champions.

1979-80 Victorian Under 17 teal cup representative.

Vice captain in 1980.

1980 Senior premiership Shepparton United.

1981 Melbourne football club Under 19 premiership.

1982 Melbourne Under 19 Captain and Club Champion.

1982-90 Melbourne football club senior player.

1983, 1985, 1986 Fourth in Club Championship.

1987 and 1989 Knee reconstructions.

1991 Made a life member of Melbourne football club.

1991 Assistant coach at Melbourne football club.

1992-1995 Inaugural coach of Under 18 Eastern Ranges side.

AFL senior players produced included David Wirrpunda, Chris Scott, Brad Scott, Rayden Tallis, Kane Johnson, Adam Kingsley, Jess Sinclair and Mark Bolton.

1996-97 Hawthorn reserves coach.

AFL senior players produced included Ben Dixon,Angelou Lekkas, Luke McCabe, Jade Rawlings. Johnathon Hay Rayden Tallis and Brad Scott.

1998-2001 Hawthorn senior assistant coach.

Round 17 2001 senior coach vs Carlton ( MCG)

2002-2007 Senior coach of Fremantle football club.

2002 Won 9 games finishing 13th.

2003 Won 14 games finishing 6th.

2004 Won 11 games finishing 9th.

2005 Won 11 games finishing 10th.

2006 Won 15 games finishing 3rd.

Awarded Con Regan medal which recognises those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the Fremantle football club.

2007 Won 6 of 15 games.

2008-11 Melbourne football club football manager.

2012-13 Melbourne football club development manager.

2002 - 2007 Newspaper Column with Sunday times WA.

2008 - present Radio ABC grandstand special comments.

2014 - present Radio AFL live / Croc media special comments.

2014 - present AFL media / AFL record.

2014 - present Television Croc media / Channel 9 WA footy show.


1981 - 84 Bachelor of education. (physical education / science).

1985 PE teacher at Sholem Aleichem primary school.

1986-91 PE teacher at Northcote Technical school.

1992- 97 PE teacher at Pembroke secondary college.

2014 - present Founding director of Advanced High performance

Peter Nicholson

5 Time Premiership Coach
East Burwood
Casey Scorpions (x2)
St Bernards
Old Haileybury

Coaching Director

Juniors participate in sport to have fun, make friends and better their skills. The best junior coaches create an enjoyable structured learning environment where each player is valued and motivated to improve.

Peter Nicholson was recruited to Hawthorn Football Club as a 17 year old and spent two years at Glenferrie playing Under 19 and Reserves Football. Apart from a short stint on St Kilda Football Club's senior list in 1985 he spent the majority of his playing career with Box Hill in the then VFA. He was a member of Box Hill's first two senior premierships (1984 & 1986) winning 3 club best & fairests and the 1984 2nd division Field Medal for the competition's best player. He is a life member and member of Box Hill Football Club's team of the century.

In 1991 Peter commenced a long and distinguished senior coaching career. Over a 20 year span he would be involved in 14 final series, making 8 grand finals and winning 5 premierships.

Peter coached Premierships at East Burwood (EFL), Casey Scorpions (VFL) and St Bernards & Old Haileybury in the VAFA.

Possibly Nicholson's proudest senior coaching achievement, he was Park Orchard's Inaugural Senior coach when the newly formed club commenced in the Eastern Football Competition in 2012. The foundations laid under his watch saw the club promoted to 3rd division in only its third year of existence with consistent victories in the clubs infancy over football clubs with 100 year plus histories.

Peter's junior coaching record is long and varied. He began coaching junior cricket at the age of 17 and 35 years later has just wound up a ten year stint coaching under 12's to under 18's at Park Orchards Cricket Club. In Secondary School competitions he has coached youth teams to State titles in Volleyball and Basketball.

In junior Football competitions Nicholson spent 2 years with Eastern Ranges (finalists both years) as well as coaching 3 premierships at Park Orchards FC (one in the under 14's and two in the under 18's). He also lead Eltham High School to the School Sport Victoria State Championship in 2013 having to win 11 consecutive matches to take out the title.

Peter is a passionate coach with an ability to get the best out of individuals and teams. His teaching background (30 years as a Physical Education teacher with a major in coaching & skill acquisition) enables him to prepare players well both physically and mentally. He creates outstanding learning environments where excellence is fostered. As a level 3 coach with 20 years experience in elite senior competitions and 35 years coaching juniors, he is well credentailed to assist and mentor those willing to improve their own coaching skills.

1991 - 1993 Playing Coach East Burwood FC (Eastern FL 1st Div)

Runners Up 1991, Premiers 1992

1994 - 1995 Playing Coach Greensborough FC (Northern FL 1st Div)

1996 - 1997 Eastern Ranges FC U18 TAC Cup

Finalists 1996/97

1998 - 2001 Casey Scorpions FC VFA/VFL

Premiers 1998/99, Finalists 2000/01

2002 - 2004 St Bernards FC

Premiers 2002, Runners Up 2003/04

2005 - 2007 Old Haileybury FC

Finalists 2005, Premiers 2006

2012 - 2013 Park Orchards FC

Inaugural Senior Coach

1980 - 1984 Blackburn North Junior Cricket Club

1985 - Present Secondary School Sport

(Football / Cricket / Basketball / Volleyball)

1987 - 1989 Box Hill FC under 19's

1996 - 1997 Eastern Ranges FC - senior assistant coach

2004 - 2013 Park Orchards Junior Cricket Club

2007 - 2013 Park Orchards Junior FC (12's - 18's)

Wayne Oswald

Development Coach Geelong FC
Education/Welfare Manager Melbourne FC
Recruiter Essendon FC
Region Manager Sandringham Dragons

Relationship Director

The foundation of a young players development is the critical component of future achievement - give your young hopefuls the best possible beginning

Wayne turned his hobby into his job. While working as the CEO of Deakin Sports Association at Deakin University, Geelong campus, Wayne was invited to join the Geelong Football Club fitness staff. This part time role quickly lead to a more significant opportunity in player development - particularly with players between 17 and 20 years of age. Wayne was there to witnessed the end of the AFL Seconds and Under 19's. In 1991 he was offered the role of Region Manager with the Sandringham Dragons - one of the 6 new teams participating in the TAC Cup (the competition replacing the AFL Under 19's) - he spent the next 20 years working with AFL recruiters preparing young men to present for the AFL draft.

1989 - 1991 Geelong FC – Strength & Conditioning Instructor

U19 Development Coach

1991 - 2009 AFL VIC/Sandringham Dragons - Region Manager

1994 - 2004 Victorian Metropolitan (Aust Football Championship)

Tour Manager/Selector/Welfare Manager

2006 - 2008 Scotch College - Elite Sports Person Mentor

Development Coach

2009 AIS/AFL Academy - Tour Manager

2010 Melbourne FC - Education & Welfare Manager

2010 Old Scotch(VAFA) - Development Coach

2012 Essendon FC - Recruiter(P/T)

2013 Uni Blues(VAFA) - Development Coach

2014 Caulfield GFC(VAFA) - Development Coach

2015 Caulfield GFC(VAFA) - Head Coach

1978 - 1984 Victorian Education Department Outdoor - Education Specialist

1984 - 1991 Deakin University Sports Association - CEO

1991 - 2009 AFL VIC/Sandringham Dragons - Region Manager

2010 Melbourne FC - Education & Welfare Manager

2011 Disability Sport & Recreation - Manager Sport & Recreation

2012 - Present Interactive Sports Consultancy - Founder/Director

Mark Campbell

Creative Director

At advanced high performance we embrace innovations in technique and technology that improve performance

At half time of the 1972 VFL second semi final at VFL Park, a 15 year old wearing his brother's footy boots fell flat on his back in front of a capacity crowd in the final of the 'Sun Kick' Under 16 long kicking competition. After averaging 65 metres kicking in his own boots in the heats, Mark Campbell was only able to kick 53 metres. The winner kicked 58 metres.

Forty years later, Mark's son, Tom Campbell, joined the Western Bulldogs as a ruckman. He, too, can kick it a long way.

In the years between, Mark declined Neil Crompton's offers of a place on the Melbourne U19 list in favour of a surfboard and a film camera, and went on to make a place in the screen production industry as a writer and director.

Making his way from a start as a stagehand at Channel 9 in Melbourne, Mark worked with a who's who of Australian and international talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Striking out as a freelancer saw Mark directing hundreds of TV commercials, documentaries and short films for Australia's leading brands and corporations, as well as a range of government and industry bodies. His work has won national and international awards for excellence.

Martin Sperring

Technical Director

Our technology supports coaches and athletes perform to the best of their ability

Martin has been developing bespoke software applications for over 25 years. He is the founder and director of M2 Corporation, a software development company based in Melbourne with a highly skilled team of developers focused on building state-of-the-art solutions for a diverse customer base.

Martin has undertaken a variety of volunteer roles in the community, in areas such as sport, education and emergency services. It was during this time that he began to develop software applications to enable the clubs he worked with to operate more efficiently, and importantly, provide the generous volunteers of these clubs with a helping hand and a more time-efficient experience.

The knowledge gained during these roles, coupled with Martin’s vision of simplifying technology, provides TDS with a solid platform to deliver the benefits that community sport is crying out for.

50+ years teaching experience
40+ years in elite pathways (AFL, TAC Cup & AIS Academy)
35+ years junior coaching
35+ years senior coaching
Football administration (recruitment, management & welfare)