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Chris Smith played an integral role in the formation and establishment of the Academy in 2011 and holds the role of General Manager. Under Chris’ guidance, the Swans Academy has become the largest junior sporting development program in Australia, with 600 members aged from 11 – 19.

Chris has combined his qualifications in Applied Economics with his background as an AFL-listed player to create a program at the forefront of junior talent identification, skill acquisition and high performance.  In 2018, Chris will oversee the expansion of the Academy to include a Youth Girls program.


Jared Crouch played 223 games for the Sydney Swans. He was drafted in 1995, and made his debut in 1998. Crouch was one of the most durable, disciplined players in the AFL, and did not miss a match until nine seasons from his debut, having played 194 consecutive games.

An integral member of Sydney’s 2005 Premiership team, Crouch was presented with the Paul Roos Award for Best Player in the finals series in that premiership season. He retired at the end of the 2009 season, and has been inducted in to the Sydney Swans Hall of Fame.


Nick Davis played for Collingwood and the Sydney Swans, for a total of 168 AFL games. He was part of the Swans’ history-making 2005 premiership side. His performance in the 2005 semi-final against Geelong, when he kicked four goals in the last quarter to help the Swans to a three-point win, has been described by his former coach, Paul Roos, as the greatest quarter of finals football he’s seen by any player.

Davis was a highly-skilled player, considered to have a near-flawless kicking style. From 2012 – 2017 he has worked with the Sydney Swans senior team, most recently as a development coach.


Mark Richardson grew up on the NSW Central Coast and took up footy at the age of 13, playing for Killarney Vale. His first coach was Tony McVeigh, the father of Mark and Jarrad McVeigh.

Richardson played senior football for the East Sydney Bulldogs and East Coast Eagles in the Sydney AFL Premier Division. He is involved with the Swans as runner for the reserves team in the NEAFL, and coaches junior football at the Manly Bombers football club.


Logistics and Talent Co-Ordinator: TBC

S&C Manager: Stephen Kelly

Operations Manager: Maddie Head

Media and communications co-ordinator: Jen McAsey

Production co-ordinator: Luke Wallington

IT co-ordinator: James Brain