Analysis Giants Coaching. Congratulations Adam Kingsley & welcome to GWS.

Who is your preference to be next coach of GWS Giants?

  • Alistair Clarkson

    Votes: 22 27.2%
  • James Hird

    Votes: 7 8.6%
  • Don Pyke

    Votes: 7 8.6%
  • Nathan Buckley

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • Ross Lyon

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • Mark McVeigh

    Votes: 6 7.4%
  • Robert Harvey

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Scott Burns

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Blake Caracella

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • Adam Yze

    Votes: 14 17.3%
  • Adam Kingsley

    Votes: 12 14.8%
  • Daniel Giansiracusa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Luke Power

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • Jaymie Graham

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • Ash Hansen

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Andrew McQualter

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Chris Scott

    Votes: 3 3.7%

  • Total voters
    81

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Giant Strides

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The GIANTS are delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Kingsley as the club’s next AFL head coach.

As a former Premiership and Best and Fairest winner with Port Adelaide, where he played 170 games, Kingsley quickly moved into coaching following his playing career, immediately taking up assistant coaching roles with Port Adelaide and then St Kilda. After eight years with the Saints, Kingsley joined Richmond as assistant coach in 2019 where he played a leading role in the Tigers’ last two Premierships.

GIANTS Chief Executive Officer David Matthews said Kingsley's appointment marked the next chapter in the evolution of the football club. “On behalf of the Board and our entire organisation, I’m thrilled to confirm Adam Kingsley as our new head coach,” Mr Matthews said. “After a thorough and considered selection process, Adam’s vision for the club, our players and our people made him the standout candidate for the job. Adam has outstanding values that align with the GIANTS and with 16 years’ coaching experience he is an exceptional tactical coach, a strong, clear communicator, and someone who brings people together. In our 11 years in the competition we have undoubtedly become a successful club with a fantastic culture and a great playing list. But we haven’t been satisfied with our recent results. We - and Adam - believe success isn’t far away and we’re thrilled to have him lead us into our next chapter as a club. This is an incredibly exciting day for our club and Adam's appointment will not only take our playing group and football department forward but will help continue to grow our game across NSW and the ACT. We look forward to welcoming Adam, his wife Nadine and children Cayla, Ethan and Raf to the GIANTS family.”

Mr Matthews also paid tribute to caretaker coach Mark McVeigh. "We thank Mark for his efforts as interim senior coach and the tireless work he has contributed to our program since taking over in round 10,” Mr Matthews said. “It’s a difficult job to come in as caretaker coach but he attacked the role with fresh ideas and sought to improve our players, staff and program at every step. Mark is a person of the highest integrity and character, and he has always put the club first. He was steadfast in leaving the program ready for whoever would be taking over.”

Following an extensive interview process, Kingsley was deemed the best fit for the GIANTS by the club’s interview panel that consisted of Mr Matthews, Chairman Tony Shepherd AO, Football Director Jimmy Bartel and General Manager of Football Jason McCartney. Kingsley said he was honoured to have the opportunity to coach the club for the next three years. “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” he said. “It’s a privilege and an honour to be the next senior coach of the GIANTS. I’ve been clear in my aspirations to become a senior coach and over the last 16 years I’ve continued to learn and develop to the point now where I’m absolutely ready to take the next step in my coaching career. This is a club which has built a strong culture from the ground up in just a few short years. In just 11 years the GIANTS have made multiple preliminary finals, and a Grand Final, and while the ultimate success has eluded the club, it’s clear the building blocks are in place. It's clear the players, staff, members and fans are hungry for success, and we’re going to drive each other to get to where we want to go. I believe in this club and what we can achieve together.”

Kingsley played 170 games for Port Adelaide between 1997 and 2006 and was a member of the club’s inaugural team as well as their first Premiership in 2004. He won the Power’s club champion award in just his second season. In 2007, he became an assistant coach at Port Adelaide, a position in which he stayed in until the end of 2010. Kingsley joined St Kilda at the end of the 2010 season as an assistant coach before moving to Richmond in 2019.
 

Land of the Giants

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Not really a surprise I posted this last week.


"Demons assistant Adem Yze has been the strong favourite but sources indicated that after the final presentations in the last 24 hours the choice became much tighter between he and Tigers assistant Adam Kingsley. Current caretaker Mark McVeigh also remains on the shortlist.

Kingsley presented on Wednesday and was very impressive."


Well spotted.
 

BarryAglett

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Adam Kingsley has some late support on the voting.
He went from 4 votes to 5 in the last 30 mins.
Good call from those voters.
 

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The Filth Wizard

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It was between Kingsley & MaCrae for the Collingwood job and apparently went to the wire

Very smart tactical coach and has had alot of experience as an assistant and is very highly regarded

Another from the Hardwick coaching factory

IIRC we wanted him to interview prior to Noble but he wouldn't have a bar of us.
 

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Hendo_21

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Wonder if Kingsley wants to use Toby similar to how Dusty and Bolton have been used the last few years, as that centre bounce mid that then drifts forward and picks on different mismatches. Hope he does think it would help to make him even more dangerous.
 

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Wonder if Kingsley wants to use Toby similar to how Dusty and Bolton have been used the last few years, as that centre bounce mid that then drifts forward and picks on different mismatches. Hope he does think it would help to make him even more dangerous.

Or with the recent Dusty going to Sydney talks would that mean he actually convinces Dusty to go to the Giants instead of Side knee
 

Tiger71

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Well done guys. He will make a focus for all mids and hbf run both ways, defensively and offensively. From that base get ready to see your mids have licence to explode on the outside and go directly to goals.

Huge pick up. Just give him time to tailor your list to his game plan
 

Dr Giant

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Excellent, decision made sounds like a capable coach, have to rely on the board to have made a good choice.

I think that he also needs to not only sell himself to the Giants people but to the people of Sydney and win some friends in the media. If he truly has big guns, nothing would be better than having him down at the marshalling area after beating the Swans shaking those things. I want him to be passionate; tell us how much he loves the players the club. We want to support something.

Also bring a game plan that shows great flare and is physical. I love and I reckon the people of western Sydney and Canberra will love a bit of Agro. Big hit fast flowing footy.
 

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A thorough process of 3 good really qualified candidates and they picked maybe the most credentialed assistant in the entire competition, if it doesn't work out then at least we've followed a sound process that's going to lead to good results more often then not.
 

Giant Strides

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I have no idea on coaching credentials or how to pick a head coach, so no surprise or anything from me. Just want him to crack the whip, have a better game plan, and get the boys motivated. Still has plenty of talent to play with in order to take the 2023 competition head on. I'm hoping for a Pies-size bounce.
 

Giant Strides

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FOR MUCH of the process to replace Leon Cameron at Greater Western Sydney, Alastair Clarkson was the messiah hovering above. Adem Yze was considered the next best bet. Mark McVeigh had the role on an interim basis and couldn't be counted out. And then there was Adam Kingsley. The 47-year-old might have been the surprise choice from afar, but the man who has built a comprehensive body of work over 16 years as an assistant coach inside three football clubs made him the man for the Giants.

GWS chairman Tony Shepherd, CEO Dave Matthews, footy director Jimmy Bartel and head of football Jason McCartney ran a thorough process with four candidates since late May. While North Melbourne put all its eggs in the Clarkson basket and landed the four-time premiership coach – who was only ever a remote possibility of heading north of the Victorian border – the Giants put Kingsley, Yze and McVeigh through the same process that involved four stages, including informal and formal interviews, psych testing and reference checks.

They wanted someone who best suited their group; a coach who has the gameplan, the values and the ability to get the best out of a list that has gone backwards drastically since reaching the 2019 Grand Final. They needed someone with plenty of experience, although senior coaching experience wasn't essential. Greater Western Sydney recruiter – and former journalist at The Age – Emma Quayle was involved in researching all the applicants' backgrounds, just like she does with prospective draftees ahead of every draft.

The Giants' process involved up to a dozen conversations with people connected to the applicant. When it came to Kingsley, McCartney spoke to Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and Melbourne head of football Alan Richardson – who worked with Kingsley at St Kilda and also works closely with Yze – at length. Time was on the Giants' side.

The feedback was consistent with what the panel had discovered in the interview process. Kingsley has wanted this opportunity for a very long time and has done the work to put himself in the best possible position to land one of only 18 gigs. He had learned from missing out on other opportunities, improving his weaknesses to ensure that he was always getting better, just like he preaches to his players. That growth mindset and focus on incremental gains stood out to the Giants, as well as his self-awareness. Kingsley presented on game style, list structure, leadership and his values, ticking every box in the eyes of Shepherd, Matthews, Bartel and McCartney, who believe they have found a great coach.

It is understood to have been a close call, but the Giants made their decision late last week and told Kingsley of their decision on Sunday, informing Yze and McVeigh today, before the announcement late this afternoon. With Richmond preparing for an elimination final against Brisbane at the Gabba next Thursday night, the expectation is Kingsley will remain with the Tigers until their campaign is over, whenever that is.

He met with the co-captains – Stephen Coniglio, Toby Greene and Josh Kelly – following the announcement and will be speak to the media tomorrow in Sydney, before heading back to Melbourne. The Giants always wanted to complete their coaching process by the end of the home and away season and have done that. They have plenty of time between now and the Trade Period where they are set to be key players with Tim Taranto, Jacob Hopper, Tanner Bruhn and Bobby Hill all expected to move to Victorian clubs. Kingsley will obviously be involved in this, but that can wait for now.

The club wants McVeigh to remain but will allow him to make that decision in his own time. He has been linked to a return to Essendon as a package deal with James Hird and Dean Solomon, with the Bombers role the only current vacancy following the departure of Ben Rutten. McVeigh has been a member of the coaching department at Giants HQ since 2015 but only became senior assistant coach ahead of this season. He wasn't regarded as a potential senior coach in the industry 12 months ago, but after 13 games in the hot seat, those inside the club have seen enough development and commitment to the cause to believe he will run his own program on a full-time basis one day. The 41-year-old was leaving his home on the central coast at 4.45am to get to the club and prepare for the day ahead during his time in charge.

Kingsley hasn't spent much time in Sydney in his life, but will relocate before the start of pre-season with his wife Nadine and young family. One of his children is about to complete Year 12, while the other two are still at school and set to move to the Harbour City. Those inside St Kilda and Richmond knew this day was coming. They have observed Kingsley – who former teammates believe is in better shape now than when he was playing – dedicate his life to coaching, building a case like in the NFL where you start as a line assistant, become a quarterbacks coach, then an offensive coordinator before landing a head coaching role.

That day has now arrived.