AFL Coaches

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.

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. 

Tate Kaesler: AFL Reserves and Team Defence 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.

Tim Clarke: Forwards and Training Design Coach

Tim Clarke joined the SUNS in 2018 after serving three years at Carlton. Initially recruited as a development coach, Clarke will have responsibility for the forwards group and lead the design of the training program. In his time at Carlton, Clarke played an instrumental role in the development of the Blues’ young midfield group. 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.

Josh Francou: Midfield and Stoppage Structures Coach

Josh Francou joined the SUNS ahead of the 2019 AFL season and is currently the Midfield and Stoppage Structures Coach where he oversees and educates the SUNS talented midfield group. Francou has a background in teaching and prior to joining the SUNS was 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, registering 156 games for the Power from 1997-2006.