Don Pyke, Senior Coach
Pyke returned to West Lakes ahead of Season 2016 after he served for two seasons as an Assistant Coach in the mid-2000s. Following a decorated career in Western Australia in the WAFL and with West Coast in the AFL, Pyke began his coaching career at Claremont in 1999. He took a brief sabbatical from the sport to focus on business opportunities but his passion could not be allayed, returning in 2005 and taking on roles with the Crows, Dockers and Eagles over the next decade. Pyke was announced as Adelaide’s eighth Senior Coach in October, 2015, with Crows CEO Andrew Fagan describing him as the “perfect fit” for the Club.
Playing career: 132 games for West Coast, 64 WAFL games for Claremont, seven State matches
Playing awards: Premiership player at Claremont (WAFL) in 1987 and 1996, Claremont (WAFL) Best and Fairest 1988, Premiership player at West Coast in 1992 and 1994, West Coast Best and Fairest 1993
Coaching career: Senior Coach at Claremont (WAFL) 1999-2000, Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2005-2006, Football Consultant at Fremantle 2007, Coaching Mentor at Claremont (WAFL) 2009-2013, Stoppages and Structures Coach at West Coast 2014-2015, Senior Coach at Adelaide 2016 – current
Did you know...? Pyke’s family boasts strong sporting lineage. His father Frank was a successful footballer in WA one of the early pioneers in sports science and administration, while his brother James played League football at Norwood and represented South Australia in cricket.
Scott Camporeale, Assistant Coach (Midfield)
Camporeale returned to his native South Australia after a successful playing and coaching career in Victoria. The classy midfielder played 233 games with Carlton, including the 1995 Grand Final win. A member of the 2000 All-Australian team, Camporeale also played 19 matches for Essendon before injuries forced him into retirement in 2007. He remained at the club as an assistant coach for three seasons before joining Adelaide ahead of the 2011 season. The former Woodville-West Torrens star junior oversaw the dramatic improvement in the Crows midfield in 2012, with the Club's young mids again among the league leaders statistically in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Camporeale stood up courageously following the tragic passing of Phil Walsh in 2015 and steered the Club through its most challenging time as Interim Senior Coach. He returned to his post as Midfield Assistant in Season 2016.
Playing career: 252 games (Carlton 233, Essendon 19)
Playing awards: Premiership player at Carlton 1995, All-Australian 2000, John Nicholls Medal (formerly Robert Reynolds) for Carlton’s Best and Fairest 2000, Four International Rules games for Australia, VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century
Coaching career: Assistant Coach at Essendon 2008-2010, Interim Senior Coach at Adelaide 2015, Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2011 – current
Did you know...? Campo is a qualified electrician and has his own business.
David Teague, Assistant Coach (Forward)
Teague joined Adelaide's coaching panel ahead of the 2015 season. A brave medium-sized defender in his playing days, Teague notched 83 games with North Melbourne and Carlton, winning the Blues' Best and Fairest Award in 2004 alongside a Robert Rose Medal as the competition's Most Courageous Player. Teague then carved his way into coaching at Princes Park in 2008 as a Development Coach and led Carlton's VFL team to two consecutive Grand Final berths. He moved to West Coast in 2011 as an assistant under premiership coach John Worsfold and also worked alongside Phil Walsh at the Eagles for three seasons, before overseeing St Kilda's backline in 2014.
Playing career: 83 games (33 North Melbourne, 50 Carlton)
Playing awards: John Nicholls Medal for Carlton’s Best and Fairest 2004, Robert Rose Award for the AFLPA's Most Courageous Player 2004
Coaching career: VFL Development Coach at Carlton 2008-2010, Assistant Coach at West Coast 2011-2013, Assistant Coach at St Kilda 2014, Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2015 - current
Did you know …? Teague was a player-coach for two seasons with Carlton's VFL team, the Northern Bullants.
James Podsiadly, Assistant Coach (Defence)
Podsiadly was one of the AFL's fairytale stories when he made his AFL debut as a 28-year-old for Geelong in 2010. A decorated state league performer, Podsiadly won a premiership in just his second season with the Cats, also taking out the club’s leading goalkicker award. The veteran joined Adelaide in the 2013 Trade Period and was a valuable contributor on and off the field in his two seasons as a player. He notched 21 games in 2014, then won Adelaide’s SANFL goalkicking award and the inaugural Phil Walsh Best Team Man honour despite not playing a senior game. A natural leader, mentor and role model to many of Adelaide’s current squad, Podsiadly signed on as an Assistant Coach following his retirement as a player in September of 2015.
Nickname: Pods, JPod
Playing career: 104 games (Geelong 82, Adelaide 21)
Playing awards: Premiership player at Geelong 2011, Geelong leading goalkicker 2011, Phil Walsh Best Team Man 2015, Jim ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal as VFL’s leading goalkicker 2005, Werribee Best and Fairest 2005 & 2008, JJ Liston Trophy winner 2008, Captain of Werribee 2007-2008, Captain of Geelong’s VFL team 2009, Geelong VFL Best and Fairest 2009, VFL Team of the Year 2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009
Coaching career: Strength and Conditioning Coach at Geelong 2009, Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2015 – current
Did you know …? Podsiadly kicked 20 goals across his final two games playing with Adelaide’s SANFL team in 2015.
Matthew Clarke, Assistant Coach (Ruck)
Recognised as one of the best tap ruckmen of his time, Clarke returned to West Lakes to lend his experience after representing the Crows in 118 games and four finals series. A journeyman as a player, Clarke was first drafted and delisted by Richmond without playing a senior game, before making his AFL debut with the Brisbane Bears as a lanky 19-year-old in 1993. After 130 games, a Best and Fairest and two runners-up placings, Clarke was picked up by Adelaide ahead of the 2000 season before winding up his career at St Kilda in 2007. An intelligent man on and off the field, coaching came as a natural evolution for Clarke and he has served as the Club's Ruck Coach since 2008.
Nickname: Doc, Clarkey
Playing career: 258 games (Brisbane 130, Adelaide 118, St Kilda 10)
Playing awards: Merrett-Murray Medal for Brisbane's Best and Fairest 1997, AFL Rising Star nominee 1994, Led AFL for total hit-outs in 1996 & 2003
Coaching career: Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2008 – current
Did you know …? Clarke is a qualified veterinarian.
Heath Younie, Head of Development
Raised in country Victoria, Younie was initially rookie-listed by West Coast in 1997, playing WAFL for two seasons before he was delisted. North Melbourne also showed interest in the talented junior, with Younie signing on as a ‘top up’ player for the Kangaroos’ VFL side back in his home state. But his career flourished when he moved to South Australia in 2001 to join North Adelaide. He played 183 SANFL games, was appointed vice-captain, and won two best and fairests in a 10-year stint with the Roosters. After retiring as a player in 2010, Younie served as North Adelaide’s U18s coach for two seasons before joining Adelaide’s development program in late 2012. He was named the Club’s inaugural SANFL coach for the side’s entry into the competition in 2014 and was named head of Adelaide's development department in 2015.
Playing career: 183 SANFL games for North Adelaide
Playing awards: Barrie Robran Medal for North Adelaide’s Best and Fairest 2002 & 2006, North Adelaide leading goalkicker 2007 & 2008, North Adelaide vice-captain 2002, 2005-2010.
Coaching career: U18s coach at North Adelaide 2011-2012, Development Coach at Adelaide 2013, State League Coach and Head of Development 2014 - current
Did you know …? Heath previously worked as a PE and science teacher at Windsor Gardens Vocational School.
Ryan O'Keefe, Midfield Development Coach
O'Keefe forged a glittering 15-year career with the Sydney Swans and holds an impressive list of accolades from his playing days. The steely left-footer, who was a fourth round National Draft selection selection in 1999, redefined the prototype of the modern midfielder with his strong-bodied style, superior aerial ability and great goal sense. His diverse skill set made O'Keefe one of the toughest match-ups for opposition coaches in his prime. O'Keefe's next challenge lies in the Crows coaches box, where he will look to back up two flags, a Norm Smith, a Bob Skilton and a Jim Stynes Medal with more success at West Lakes. His insight was particularly valuable to Adelaide's emerging midfield group, who he worked with closely at SANFL level in 2015.
Playing career: 286 games for Sydney
Playing awards: Premiership player at Sydney in 2005 & 2012, Norm Smith Medal 2012, Bob Skilton Medal for Sydney's Best and Fairest 2009, One representative match for Victoria 2008, All-Australian 2006, Jim Stynes Medal 2006, Two International Rules series for Australia in 2005 and 2006.
Coaching career: Midfield Development Coach at Adelaide 2015 - current
Did you know? Ryan is fourth on the all-time games record list at the Sydney Swans with 286 senior games.
Tate Kaesler, Forward Development Coach
Tate Kaesler has a wealth of experience as a player and coach. He notched 180 games with SANFL clubs North Adelaide and Sturt, winning two best and fairests and three premierships in the Reserves. He possesses a diverse coaching history spanning almost two decades, beginning with the Sturt Sabres Basketball Club back in 1996. After retiring as a player in 2007, Kaesler fed his desire to stay involved with football by serving as an Assistant Coach for the U20 South Australian State Team of 2008. He then joined Adelaide’s coaching ranks in a development role in late 2009 and is now in charge of fast-tracking Adelaide’s next wave of young forwards.
Playing career: 180 SANFL League and Reserves games (Sturt, North Adelaide)
Playing awards: SANFL Reserves premiership player 1999 (Sturt), 2005 (North Adelaide), Sturt Reserves Best and Fairest 2001, 2002, North Adelaide Reserves captain 2006.
Coaching career: U20 SANFL State Team Assistant Coach 2008, Development Coach at Adelaide 2009 – current
Did you know …? Tate captained Sturt’s U19 side and finished second in the team’s Best and Fairest award in 1998.
Paul Thomas, Defence Development Coach
One of the SANFL's most revered and successful players, Thomas joined Adelaide's development department ahead of the 2016 season. He began his career as a skilful half-back flanker before dominating as a tough midfielder for much of his 15-year career with Central District. Thomas also played eight AFL games at Essendon, but is fondly remembered for his time at Elizabeth where he won six premierships, two best and fairests and a Magarey Medal. A qualified teacher, Thomas helped establish the junior football academy at Trinity College and also managed the football program at Henley High School for several years. Thomas will be a welcome addition to Adelaide’s SANFL coaching panel in 2016 and will also oversee the development of the Club’s young defenders.
Playing career: Eight games for Essendon, 269 SANFL games for Central District
Playing awards: SANFL premiership player at Central District (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) including four as captain, Magarey Medal 2004, Central District captain and/or co-captain 2007-2015, Central District best and fairest 2004 & 2009, Bob Quinn Medal as best afield in SANFL Anzac Day clash 2003, 2004, 2008 & 2011, State Game representative for South Australia 2003, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 (captain from 2012 onwards), Awarded Life Membership at Central District 2011
Coaching career: Development Coach at Adelaide 2015 – current
Did you know …? Thomas was Adelaide's first pick in the 2002 Rookie Draft but did not play a game in the tri-colours.