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Balme’s strong Caracella endorsement

One of the main priorities for Richmond’s new football boss Neil Balme, in the short term, is seeking several assistant coaches to replace those whose tenure at the Club finished at the end of season 2016.

10:21am  Sep 30, 2016

Balme buoyant back in Yellow and Black

It’s taken 37 years, but Neil Balme is finally back at Richmond, where he carved out such an impressive playing career in 159 games from 1970-79.

10:12am  Sep 29, 2016

The grandest Tiger memories

For those members of the Yellow and Black faith not fortunate enough to have witnessed Richmond’s glory days from 1967-80, or those who would like to relive them, Tony Greenberg presents his top 10 Tiger Grand Final memories.

1:58pm  Sep 28, 2016

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DAMIEN HARDWICK Senior Coach
An uncompromising and hard-nosed defender, Hardwick played 153 games with Essendon, including the 2000 premiership, before crossing to Port Adelaide at the end of 2001. He played a further 54 games with the Power, the last of which was the 2004 premiership.

He won the Bombers’ Best and Fairest in 1998 and was named All-Australian in 2000. He represented Australia in the International Rules series in 2000 and 2001.

Hardwick started his assistant coaching career with Hawthorn in 2005 and played a significant role in the club’s premiership success.  He was the Hawks’ forward coach from 2005-07, and was in charge of their midfield for two seasons.

Hardwick has steered Richmond to the finals for three consecutive seasons, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
MARK WILLIAMS  Assistant Coach

After three seasons at Melbourne, working initially as a development coach and then as midfield coach, the former Carlton and Footscray player joined Richmond in October 2011.

He coached Sandringham to three consecutive VFL premierships from 2004-06. Looks after Richmond’s offensive structures and its forwards.

 

BEN RUTTEN Assistant Coach
The 2005 All-Australian defender retired at the end of the 2014 season after 229 games with Adelaide.  

He has a wealth of defensive intelligence after 12-year career, and coaching knowledge after spending his latter seasons working with the Crows' backline coach Darren Milburn.
BLAKE CARACELLA
Assistant Coach
 

Blake Caracella, 39, joins the Tigers’ coaching panel following a successful seven-season stint as an assistant coach at Geelong, including the Cats’ 2011 premiership campaign.

Previous to that, Caracella spent three years as a member of Collingwood’s coaching panel.

Caracella worked under Richmond’s new General Manager – Football, Neil Balme, for five years at Geelong and was a teammate of the Tigers’ senior coach Damien Hardwick in Essendon’s 2000 premiership side.

CRAIG McRAE  VFL Coach

McRae, a triple premiership player at Brisbane, returns to Tigerland where he worked as a development coach from 2007-09.

After leaving Richmond, he had one year back with the Lions as a development coach, before joining Collingwood as development manager.

He enhanced his reputation for cultivating young football talent throughout a five-year stint with the Magpies, winning the AFL Coaches Association’s inaugural Development Coach of the Year Award in 2014.

 

ANDREW MCQUALTER   Development Coach

McQualter arrived at Tigerland at the end of 2013 as a development coach, after a 94-game career with St Kilda and Gold Coast.

He played in three Grand Finals for the Saints (including the 2010 GF replay against Collingwood) in an 89-game career with them, before adding a further five games at the Suns.

McQualter played a coaching and playing role with Richmond’s VFL team in 2014 and 2015.

 

RYAN FERGUSON  Development Coach
Ferguson became Richmond's VFL defenders coach in 2015, after a five-year AFL career with Melbourne.  

He played 47 games for the Demons, before switching to SANFL club West Adelaide, where he played six seasons (five as captain), and won three Best and Fairests.

He became a full time development coach for the 2016 season.