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Stuart Dew: Senior Coach

Stuart Dew enters his fourth season as Gold Coast’s Senior Coach in 2021. 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 an assistant at the Sydney Swans under Paul Roos and John Longmire. He started as a development coach before eventually becoming 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.

Steven King: Senior Assistant Coach

Senior Assistant Coach Steven King most recently held the role of Senior Assistant Coach at the Western Bulldogs, looking after the midfield and ruck groups and joined the SUNS after ten seasons at Whitten Oval, which included two AFL Grand Final appearances in 2016 and 2021. The former ruckman played 240 AFL games in his own right, across a 15-year playing career at both the Geelong Football Club and St Kilda Football Clubs. King captained the Cats from 2003-06 and featured in their 2007 premiership side, he was also selected in the 2000 All Australian Team.

Josh Drummond: Defence and Tackling Coach

Serving as Defence and Tackling Coach at the SUNS, Josh Drummond has been with the club since the 2019 season. 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 initially joined the Kangaroos as a development coach before moving into an assistant coach role where at different times, he oversaw both the defensive and midfield groups. 

Brad Miller: Assistant Coach

Brad Miller joined the SUNS ahead of the 2022 season after most recently working as the Director of Coaching at Sydney University. Prior to that, he spent six years at the GWS Giants, overseeing the club's exciting forward line and forming part of the coaching structure which took the Giants to its first AFL Grand Final in 2019. Miller began his stint at the club as NEAFL coach, leading the Giants to its first NEAFL Premiership. Miller has also spent time at the Melbourne Football Club as a development coach for two seasons before joining the Giants. Originally calling Brisbane home, Miller had a 157-game career with Melbourne and Richmond spanning 11 years from 2002-12 after being drafted from the Mt Gravatt Football Club.

Tate Kaesler: Team Defence & Strategy Coach

Tate Kaesler came to the SUNS prior to the 2019 AFL season after serving ten years at the Adelaide Crows. In 2021 Kaesler will be in charge of Team Defence while also taking on the role of AFL Reserves Coach. Having played for SANFL clubs North Adelaide and Sturt, Kaesler retired in 2007 and immediately served as an assistant coach for the Under 20 South Australian State Team before joining the Crows in a development role the year after. In his time at the Crows Kaesler held roles in recruiting, development and team defence which is a similar role to the one he now holds at the SUNS.

Jackson Kornberg: VFL Head Coach

Jackson Kornberg joined the club following the 2021 AFL season from Sandringham Dragons, where he has worked in coaching for the last 10 years. Most recently he coached the Dragons Under 19 NAB League Boys side to an 8-1 record in 2021 before the season was halted due to COVID restrictions in Victoria. The 28-year-old has also coached the Sandringham NAB League Girls, while working stints as an assistant coach with both Carlton and North Melbourne’s AFLW programs in recent years.

Rhyce Shaw: Head of Development

Rhyce Shaw joined the club prior to the 2021 AFL season as the Head of Development following positions at both North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans. Following three seasons an Assisant at the Swans, including being named as NEAFL Coach of the Year in 2018, Shaw was appointed an Assistant Coach at North Melbourne in 2018 before rising to interim Head Coach in 2019, quickly gaining the support of the playing group and being appointed in a permanent position. Shaw's venture into coaching comes following a 237-game career at Sydney and Collingwood which included three Grand Finals and a premiership in 2012