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John Longmire

AFL 2017 Round 17 - GWS Giants v Sydney

John Longmire continues to build on his impressive coaching resumé at the Sydney Swans Football Club.

After taking the reigns from premiership coach Paul Roos (2002-2010), Longmire took his side to a semi-final berth in his first year in the hot seat.

Then, Longmire became the sixth premiership coach in Sydney Swans/South Melbourne history after a memorable march to the 2012 flag.

That stat was in doubt after the opening six rounds of the 2017 season after the side fell to 18th with a 0-6 record, the Club's worst start since 1993.

But in a remarkable turnaround, the Sydney Swans won 16 of their next 18 home and away games to finish sixth and become the first club in history to reach finals since the final eight format was introduced.

Longmire's men won their elimination final against Essendon in front of a record crowd at the SCG before succumbing to Geelong in the semi-final at the MCG.

Given the odds, for the Swans to be there in September was an amazing achievement and takes Longmire's record to seven-straight finals series.

The Club has never missed a finals series in Longmire's tenure as senior coach.

In 2013, in the face of a horror injury toll, Longmire led his team to a fourth-place finish before bowing out with a Preliminary Final loss to eventual grand finalists Fremantle in Perth.

In 2014, the Swans finished on top of the ladder and faced off against reigning premier Hawthorn.

Another rotten run with injuries in the lead up to 2015 Finals Series played a part in the Swans' early exit.

In 2016, the Swans claimed another minor premiership with a 17-5 win-loss record and went through to a third Grand Final appearance under Longmire's guidance.

A hallmark of Longmire's philosophy and coaching has been the addition of young talent and, having blooded a further six debutants in 2017, the Sydney Swans are poised to feature at the business end of 2018.

Before taking the reigns as senior coach, Longmire forged a stellar career as a player with North Melbourne.

He was originally tied to Sydney at the beginning of his playing days, but the Club passed on his services and doors opened for the promising full-forward to sign with the Kangaroos in 1987.

It didn't take long for Longmire to establish himself at VFL level and, only three years later, had claimed the Coleman Medal (with 98 goals) - twice breaking the Club's goal-kicking record with a best effort of 14 against Melbourne - All-Australian honours and North Melbourne's Best and Fairest (Syd Barker Medal).

He twice endured knee reconstructions, the second one keeping him out of the 1996 premiership side (which defeated Sydney by 43 points).

On his return, Longmire played in a variety of positions such as centre half-back and in the ruck.

Finally, in 1999, Longmire played his 200th and final game in his 12th finals appearance - a grand final victory over Carlton - achieving a lifelong dream of playing in a premiership for the Kangaroos.

At the end of his career Longmire had amassed 511 goals to be the Roos' second highest goal-kicker in history, finishing as their leading goal-kicker for five seasons.

He is a North Melbourne Football Club and AFL Life Member.

Post-football, Longmire worked for two years as a highly regarded player manager for the global company IMG, and in the media, before joining Sydney's coaching ranks as the forward and ruck coach at the start of 2002.

He continued as an assistant coach until the end of 2007 before being appointed to the newly created role of coaching coordinator to facilitate the Roos-Longmire coaching succession.

AFL 2012 Toyota Grand Final - Hawthorn v Sydney
John Longmire holds up the 2012 Premiership Cup in triumph alongside captain Jarrad McVeigh.