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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.

Fast facts
DOB: 5/12/68
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, Senior Assistant Coach/Game Strategy

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.

Fast facts
DOB: 11/8/75
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.

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Ben Hart, Assistant Coach (Forwards)

Hart first appeared for SANFL club North Adelaide at just 16 years old in 1990, and made his debut for Adelaide in 1992, playing every game to earn All Australian honours as a key defender. He soon established a reputation as a strong competitor, regularly dueling with dominant key forwards such as Gary Ablett, Jason Dunstall and Tony Lockett. Hart earned three more All Australian jumpers across his career, highlighted by playing a key role in Adelaide’s back-to-back premierships in 1997 and 1998; games where he was named among the Crows’ best. Hart played 311 games in all for the Club, and was inducted as an Adelaide Life Member.  Following his decorated playing career, Hart spent four years as an assistant coach at Adelaide from 2008 – 2011 before taking on the role of assistant coach with Collingwood from 2012-2016. He returns to West Lakes as an assistant coach ahead of the 2018 season, where he will oversee the defensive group.

Fast facts
Nickname: Benny
DOB: 9/7/1974
Playing career: 311 games for Adelaide
Playing awards: Premiership player at Adelaide in 1997 & 1998, All Australian in 1992, 1993, 1999 & 2002, Malcom Blight Medal for Adelaide’s best and fairest in 1999 & 2002, Adelaide Team of the Decade 1991-2000, Adelaide Football Club Life Member, South Australian Representative (8 games), Internationals Rules Series for Australia 1998 & 1999, AFL Mark of the Year 1996, South Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Coaching career: Assistant Coach at Adelaide 2008-2011, Assistant Coach (Defence) at Collingwood 2012 – 2016.

Did you know …? Hart is the youngest Crows debutant ever, having played his first AFL game aged 17 years and 257 days in 1992.  He also was the first Adelaide player to reach 300 games.

Marty Mattner, Assistant Coach (Defence)

Michael Godden, Assistant Coach (Midfield)

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.

Fast facts
Nickname: Doc, Clarkey
DOB: 18/9/73
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, AFLW Head Coach at Adelaide 2018 - current.

Did you know …? Clarke is a qualified veterinarian.

Heath Younie, SANFL Senior Coach and Development Manager

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 guided the side to its first finals campaign in 2016. Younie relinquished the SANFL coaching role ahead of the 2017 season to focus on managing the development of players, coaches and football staff on a full-time basis.

Fast facts
Nickname: Unit
DOB: 26/06/79
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, Crows SANFL Coach 2014-2016, Development Manager 2014 - current

Did you know …? Heath previously worked as a PE and science teacher at Windsor Gardens Vocational School.

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Brent Reilly, Defensive Development Coach

Reilly made his debut for the Crows in 2002, establishing himself as a regular in the side in the latter half of the 2004 season, the year he earned a nomination for the AFL Rising Star award. Boasting a long, pinpoint kick, Reilly played mostly through the midfield until 2012, when he reinvented himself as a rebounding defender. His form was rewarded with All-Australian squad selection in 2012, the same year he was inducted as an Adelaide Football Club Life Member. Back at West Lakes after a season as Assistant Coach at Henley Football Club in the Adelaide Football League, Reilly will mentor Adelaide’s young defenders.

Fast facts
Nickname: Radar
DOB: 12/11/1983
Playing career: 203 games for Adelaide
Playing awards: All Australian nominee in 2012, Rising Star nominee in 2004, Adelaide Football Club Life Member.
Coaching career: Development Coach (defence) at Adelaide - current

Did you know …? Reilly wore the No.33 guernsey for the first seven years of his career before switching to No.3 ahead of the 2009 season.

Paul Thomas, Midfield 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 was a welcome addition to Adelaide’s SANFL coaching panel in 2016, overseeing the development of the Club’s young defenders across two seasons in the coaches' box before shifting into the midfield role ahead of the 2018 season.

Fast facts
Nickname: Thommo
DOB: 6/5/1982
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 (defence) at Adelaide 2016 – 2017

Did you know …? Thomas was Adelaide's first pick in the 2002 Rookie Draft but did not play a game in the tri-colours.

Matthew Wright, Forwards Development Coach