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Sydney Swans Coaching Staff

The Sydney Swans are coached by former North Melbourne star full-forward, John Longmire. After serving a long apprenticeship under premiership coach Paul Roos, Longmire took the reigns at the Swans in 2011, guiding the club to a semi-final appearance in his first season as a senior coach, a premiership in just his second year, and a preliminary final with an injury-riddled team in 2013.

Longmire is joined in the coaches box each week by his assistants, consisting of Brett Kirk, John Blakey, Stuart Dew, Henry Playfair and Josh Francou.

John Longmire - Senior Coach

John Longmire took over the reigns as coach at the end of 2010 and guided his new-look Sydney Swans side to the 2012 premiership in just his second year as a senior AFL coach...more

Henry Playfair - Defenders

After his playing career was cut short due to injury, Playfair became a Swans assistant coach in 2012... more

Brett Kirk - Forwards

The former Swans captain has returned to the Club to look after the forward line for the 2016 season... more

John Blakey - Head of Development

The former long-serving Fitzroy and North Melbourne midfielder has been on the Swans coaching staff since 2006... more

Nick Davis - Development

The former small forward plays an integral role as a Development Coach working with the young Swans... more

Stuart Dew - Senior Assistant

A premiership player with both Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, Dew has been a Swans assistant since 2010... more


A star with Port Adelaide, Francou has been with the Swans since 2011...more

Rhyce Shaw - Development Coach

A 2012 premiership player with the Sydney Swans, Shaw is taking on the role of NEAFL coach in 2016...more