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Our Coaches

Senior Coach

Stuart Dew enters the 2019 season after serving his first year as a senior coach with the SUNS in 2018. Dew had an illustrious playing career, winning premierships with Port Adelaide (2004) and Hawthorn (2008) in his 206 games before retiring at the end of 2009. Once his playing days had finished Dew transitioned quickly into coaching, spending eight years as an assistant at the Sydney Swans under Paul Roos and John Longmire. He started as a development coach and worked his way up to become Longmire’s senior assistant coach. Dew was an integral figure in Sydney’s success during that period, with the club winning the 2012 Premiership and reaching the Grand Final again in 2014 and 2016.

Dew was announced as Senior Coach of the Gold Coast SUNS in October 2017.

Senior Assistant Coach

Now entering his eighth season at the SUNS, Solomon has proved to be one of the most invaluable members of the club and will once again serve as Stuart Dew's senior assistant in 2019.

In his playing days, Solomon was an uncompromising backman in his 158 games with Essendon (including a premiership in 2000) and 51 games with Fremantle.

Solomon will once again work with Dew and continue to build strong relationships with players, staff and the community.

Head of Development & Integration/Midfield Coach

Josh Francou joins the SUNS as Head of Development & Integration and will be responsible for overseeing the midfield group in his first year at the club.

Francou has a background in teaching and spent last season as an assistant coach at the Adelaide Crows after four years at the Sydney Swans. Francou coached alongside Stuart Dew at the Swans and played with him at Port Adelaide, where Francou played 156 games from 1997-2006.

Defensive Coach

Drummond joins the SUNS for the 2019 season as assistant and defensive coach to Stuart Dew.

Following a 94-game career at the Brisbane Lions, Drummond joined former teammate Brad Scott at North Melbourne where he coached for six seasons in a variety of roles. He joined the Kangaroos as a development coach before being promoted to an assistant coach where he oversaw both the defensive and midfield groups.


Forwards Coach

Entering his sixth season at the SUNS, Prescott will once again look after the senior forward group.

He started with the club in a development role in 2014 before being promoted to coach the forward line in 2015. Prescott had a 128-game career with Richmond and Fremantle between 1993-2001. After his retirement, he coached the Claremont colts and became the WAFL club’s senior coach in 2004, leading it to three grand finals in four years before joining Essendon as an assistant. He then returned to Fremantle as a development coach between 2011-13 before joining Gold Coast.

Development Coach/ NEAFL Coach

Nick Malceski will once again coach the SUNS’ NEAFL team in 2019.

As a player, Malceski registered 176 games for the Sydney Swans, including a 2012 premiership (which Dew coached in) before joining the SUNS at the end of 2014.

Malceski played two seasons and 34 games for Gold Coast before retiring and becoming a development coach at the end of 2016. Malceski was given the reins as NEAFL coach for the first time in 2018 and enjoyed seven wins for the season. His role in developing the club’s youngest players can be commended with the SUNS debuting five players in 2018.

Development Coach

Kaesler came to the SUNS after serving ten years at the Adelaide Crows under Senior Coach Don Pyke.

He was most recently responsible for the Crows’ team defence. Having played for SANFL club’s North Adelaide and Sturt, Kaesler retired in in 2007 and immediately served as an assistant coach for the U20 South Australian State Team and the following year he joined Adelaide in a development role.

Development Coach

Tim Clarke joins the SUNS as a Development Coach after serving three years at Carlton.

Clarke played an instrumental role in the development of the Blues’ young midfield group, including Patrick Cripps and Zac Fisher. Prior to joining the Blues, Clarke was at Richmond for six years where he oversaw the club’s reserves team. Clarke played 96 games for Hawthorn between 2001 and 2008.


Specialist Skills Coach

Andrew Swallow joins younger brother David at the SUNS in a specialist coaching role for 2019, with an emphasis on stoppage craft and tackling.

Swallow was most recently a midfielder and former captain of the North Melbourne Football Club before he retired at the end of 2017. He spent 2018 playing for Aspley in the NEAFL and has shown an eagerness to help develop young talent, joining the club on a part-time basis.