Andrew McKay is a veteran of 244 Carlton games, and now heads up the Club’s football department.
McKay played for the Blues between 1993 and 2003, including in the 1995 premiership side. He is a four time All-Australian, and won Carlton’s Best & Fairest in 2003.
McKay’s impressive record includes being inducted into Carlton’s Hall of Fame in 2001, and the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
After retiring from football McKay practiced as a veterinarian, and has served on the AFL’s Match Review Panel and the Laws of the Game Committee.
Originally from Tasmania, Brendon Bolton is a former high school physical education teacher. He won a premiership as a captain-coach with North Hobart in 2003 and in the same year also won the league’s Horrie Gorringe Medal as the best and fairest footballer in Tasmania. Stints at the Tassie Devils and Clarence followed, before Bolton took over as the head coach of the Box Hill Hawks, guiding the team to consecutive finals series in his two seasons in charge.
Bolton comes to Carlton with an impressive resume, which includes seven years as an assistant coach at Hawthorn. After joining the Hawks from the club’s VFL affiliate in 2009, Bolton initially worked with the midfield before becoming the forward line coach. In 2014 he coached the Hawks for five senior matches between rounds 11 and 15, achieving a perfect record by winning each game.
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Neil Craig brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Carlton.
A veteran of 319 SANFL games, Craig was the Crows’ fitness adviser through the premierships of 1997 and ’98. He was later appointed Adelaide’s senior coach taking the Crows to the minor premiership in 2005 and five consecutive finals series. Most recently Craig has been the General Manager of Performance at Essendon.
After taking the reins as interim coach in 2015, John Barker's "team first, club first" approach earned high praise from all within the Blues ranks. The Club is pleased that 'JB' will remain at Carlton, taking on the new role of stoppages coach.
Since joining Carlton as an assistant coach in 2011, Barker has held a variety of positions including backline coach and forward coach. He previously held assistance coaching positions at Hawthorn and St Kilda.
Barker also has an impressive record as a player, running out in 167 games for Fitzroy/Brisbane and Hawthorn from 1994-2006. He was Hawthorn’s leading goal-kicker in 2001.
Tim Clarke spent two years as a development coach at Richmond between 2010 and 2011. After a year overseas he returned to the Tigers in another development role, then in 2014 when Richmond entered it’s first stand-alone VFL side, Clarke was appointed its inaugural coach.
As well as his proven coaching ability, Clarke played the game at the highest level, running out 96 times for Hawthorn between 2001 and 2008.
Shane Watson comes to Carlton from North Melbourne where he has been an assistant coach since 2010, working with both forwards and the backline.
Watson began his coaching career as the head coach for Lower Plenty in the Diamond Valley Football League in 2005. A season there led into an assistant coaching role at the Sandringham Dragons in 2006, before three years as the senior coach at the Eastern Ranges.
As a player, Watson ran out 141 times for Collingwood.
Dale Amos comes to Carlton from Geelong where he has worked since 2009, spending three seasons as the Cats’ VFL coach before joining the AFL coaching ranks. His impressive coaching record includes leading South Barwon to a hat-trick of Geelong Football League premierships (2005-2007) and he was named GFL coach of the year in 2006.
Meanwhile Amos was also a champion player for South Barwon, where he was a dual best and fairest winner and played more than 200 games including in three premierships (2001, 2005, 2007).
Mathew Capuano played in two premierships during his 107-game AFL career with North Melbourne and St Kilda.
2016 will be his eighth season at Carlton and he will once again combine his Development Coach duties with the specialist ruck coach role.
Josh Fraser arrives at Carlton and the Northern Blues from the Gold Coast Suns, where he coached the Suns’ reserves team in the NEAFL for two seasons.
A former AFL ruckman who played 218 games, Fraser began his playing career with Collingwood after being selected at pick No.1 in the 1999 national draft.
In addition to coaching Carlton’s VFL affiliate, Fraser is taking on the role of development coach at the Blues.