David Teague has joined an exclusive coaching club at Richmond with his recent appointment as an assistant to Damien Hardwick.
He is one of six senior AFL/VFL coaches to have subsequently taken the role as an assistant/reserves coach with the Tigers.
Teague coached Carlton in 50 games from 2019-2021 and was then snapped up by Richmond as an assistant coach after the Blues dismissed him.
Wayne Brittain was another coach who took that same pathway to Punt Road.
Brittain coached Carlton at senior level in 46 games from 2001-2002 before being axed. He then served as an assistant coach to Danny Frawley at Tigerland for two years (2003-2004).
Greg Hutchison took over as Melbourne’s caretaker coach when Neil Balme was sacked during the 1997 season.
Hutchison coached the Demons for the last 13 games that year and then had a stint as an assistant coach with the Tigers from 2000-2002.
Mark Williams had a fine coaching career at Port Adelaide – 273 games from 1999-2010 – guiding the club to its inaugural AFL premiership in 2004.
He later renewed acquaintances with one of his Power premiership players, Damien Hardwick, working as a development coach at Richmond from 2013-2016.
Justin Leppitsch also initially worked under Hardwick as a Tigers assistant coach from 2010-2013, before taking over as Brisbane’s senior coach.
Following three seasons (66 games) as the Lions’ coach, Leppitsch got the chop and he returned to Tigerland as an assistant coach for a further four years (2017-2020), which included three premierships.
And Richmond ‘Immortal’ Royce Hart returned to the Tigers as coach of their reserve-grade team in 1984 following an unsuccessful stint as Footscray’s senior coach.
Hart coached the Bulldogs in 53 games from 1980 until midway through the 1982 season, when he was replaced.