Rodney Eade became the second coach of the GC SUNS in October 2014, ending a three-year hiatus from senior coaching.
‘Rocket’ began his coaching career as the Brisbane Bears reserves coach in 1991, before joining North Melbourne as an assistant coach between 1992-1993. He then spent two seasons as the Kangaroos reserves coach before getting his first opportunity at senior coaching.
The 56-year-old became a senior coach in 1996 when he took the Sydney Swans to a Grand Final in his first season. Eade spent six-and-a-half seasons in the harbour city, taking the Swans to five finals series.
In 2004, Eade was appointed as the new senior coach at the Western Bulldogs for the 2005 season, ending two years of work spent in football media. In his first season at Whitten Oval, Eade took the battling Bulldogs to within a goal of a finals berth. By 2008, Eade had taken the club to a preliminary final appearance –the first time since 1998. In 2009 and 2010, the Western Bulldogs reached the penultimate week of the season again, before losing to St Kilda on both occasions.
Eade joined the SUNS after three seasons at Collingwood as the club’s Football and Coaching strategist, overseeing Nathan Buckley and the Magpies football department.
Eade began his playing career for Hawthorn whilst still attending school. Recruited from Glenorchy in Tasmania, Eade won a premiership in his maiden season before going on to win four flags (1976, 1978, 1983, 1986) during his time at the Hawks.
After 229 games in 12 seasons at Glenferrie Oval, ‘Rocket’ extended his career at the Brisbane Bears where he played a further 30 games to take his career tally to 259 games.