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Brendon Bolton, Senior Coach

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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 arrived at Carlton in August 2015 with an impressive resume, which included 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.

Senior Coach Ambassador
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John Barker, Head of Strategy and High Performance

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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 Head of Strategy and High Performance in 2018.
 
Since joining Carlton as an assistant coach in 2011, Barker has held a variety of positions including backline coach, forward coach and most recently stoppages 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 goalkicker in 2001.

Coaches Ambassador:
Chris Ott

Cameron Bruce, Senior Assistant Coach (Defenders)

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Carlton secured the services of highly regarded coach Cameron Bruce following the 2017 season.

Since retiring from AFL in 2012, Bruce has served as an assistant coach under Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn. The 37-year-old enjoyed a decorated career as a player that spanned 234 games from 2000-2012 at Melbourne and Hawthorn, before embarking on a coaching career.

Bruce was appointed as a development coach with the Hawks in 2013, before being promoted to an assistant coach role later that year. He worked alongside current Blues senior coach Brendon Bolton at Hawthorn from 2013 – 2015 and in 2017 worked closely with the Hawks’ defensive line. 

He will take charge of the Blues' defence in 2018 as a senior assistant to Bolton.

David Teague, Assistant Coach (Forwards)

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Former Blue and highly regarded coach David Teague returned to Ikon Park at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

The 36-year-old had been in charge of Adelaide’s forward line from 2015 to 2017. Previously, he held positions with St Kilda (2014) and West Coast (2011-13) as a backline coach and was the Northern Bullants’ coach from 2008-10 in the VFL.

The 2004 John Nicholls Medallist retired from AFL at the end of the 2007 season, having played 50 games for Carlton as well as 33 for North Melbourne. 

He will take charge of Carlton's forward line in 2018.

Dale Amos, Assistant Coach (Stoppages)

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Dale Amos came to Carlton from Geelong, where he had worked from 2009-2015, 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), while also being named GFL coach of the year in 2006.
 
Amos was also a champion player for South Barwon, where he was a dual best-and-fairest winner and played more than 200 games for three premierships (2001, 2005, 2007).

After managing Carlton's defence in 2016 and 2017, Amos will move into a new role as stoppages coach in 2018.

Coaches Ambassador:
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Tim Clarke, Assistant Coach (Midfield)

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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 its 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.

He will take care of Carlton's midfield for the third successive season in 2018.

Coaches Ambassador:
Paul Cross

Shane Watson, Head of Development (Defenders)

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Shane Watson arrived at Carlton from North Melbourne, where he had been an assistant coach from 2010 to 2015, 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 to an assistant coaching role at the Sandringham Dragons in 2006, before three years as senior coach at the Eastern Ranges.
 
As a player, Watson ran out 141 times for Collingwood.

He will move into a new role as Head of Development (Defenders) in his third season at the Blues in 2018.

Josh Fraser, Development (Stoppages) & Northern Blues senior coach

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Josh Fraser arrived 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.

He will take the reins at the Northern Blues in 2018 for the third successive year.

Brent Stanton, Development Coach (Midfield)

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Boyhood Bluebagger Brent Stanton joined Carlton's coaching ranks at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

The recently retired midfielder played 255 games for Essendon from 2004 to 2017, being renowned for his football nous, leadership abilities and work ethic.

Jason Davenport, Development Coach (Forwards)

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Jason Davenport joined Carlton in October 2017 following his stint as senior coach of the North Shore Seagulls in the Geelong Football League.

The 32-year-old also spent time on AFL lists at both Geelong and Port Adelaide from 2006 to 2011.

Sav Rocca, Part-time Goalkicking & Ruck Coach

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After spending some time at Carlton during the 2015 season, AFL great Sav Rocca made his way back to Carlton ahead of the 2017 season to assist players with their kicking technique.

During his AFL career, Rocca booted a whopping 748 goals in 257 games for Collingwood and North Melbourne between 1992 and 2006.

Once he retired from footy, Rocca headed to the USA where he spent five seasons in the NFL as a punter for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.