A Mentor who will hold your hand and guide the individual and team
A Master Coach who will motivate your team in one direction
A Teacher who loves to inspire learning and growth
The Senior Coaching position in the AFL is one of management, with the ability to multi-task being essential. Managing the dreams of 44 players, while working with aspiring assistant coaches, support and medical staff all in the glare of daily public scrutiny can be a daunting task. Time management and ability to delegate and trust those around you to deliver is crucial.
Building close and trusting relationships with the Heads of Departments, the CEO and the board are vital to the teams’ success. Each and every person, and department, has their own special needs and showing the ability to recognise their talents and needs is the “Art of Management.” Those who can coach successfully display their management skills daily. I have coached for over 25 years.
I am most proud of my ability to mentor and develop my work colleagues, highlighted by the number of my players and coaching lieutenants who have progressed into Senior AFL Coaching roles (6 senior and 12 assistants). A proven track record of success, combined with a genuine, approachable personality; produce a fun, safe, inspiring workplace for all to enjoy and excel. Optimistic and innovative management, who set direction, delegate then assist and support autonomy, create a progressive happy workplace. Individuals, who know exactly how he or she will be assessed, as well as their development pathway, strive to raise the bar and deliver the exceptional.
Variety is essential to a healthy working life. Fortunately I have had wonderful opportunities to meet and learn from a diverse range of individuals and organisations.
Connecting with national & international pports coaches/teams, sports psychologist and leadership groups allows me to satisfy my drive to search for new innovative coaching & management ideas.
My experiences vary from being at “Ground Zero” of 3 AFL start up clubs seeing first hand the difficulties and the joy of developing franchises to then helping guide the youngest franchise to ultimate success -an AFL Flag. Looking forward and searching for the next challenge is what drives me daily. Let me help you with your next challenge and kick a few more goals.
A cancer survivor of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with a great story to tell.
Mark is an elite leader and will challenge you to be your best as an individual and as a team. He can take a good team and make them a great team through his guidance and experiences. His expertise is in creating an environment where there is a much greater buy in and connection by everyone applying this to both the sporting and corporate world.
Having been fortunate across my sporting journey to of spent time with some of the most successful coaches in the world I have seen first hand their outstanding qualities. They are almost genius like in finding ways to continually improve and deliver success and Mark is definitely in this category.
Simply Mark will improve you and your team that is guaranteed.
4 x Olympian | 5 x World Championships | 3 x NBL Championships as a Player | 3 x NBL Championships as a Coach
Sport Australia Hall of Fame | NBL Hall of Fame
- Teacher , Mentor & Life Coach
- Bachelor of Education P.E & Economics
- AFL Senior Coach
- Senior Assistant & Mentor
- Played or Coached over 450 AFL Games
- Played or Coached in 4 States of Australia
- Member of Famous Football Family
Fos Williams - AFL Hall of Fame
- Education Officer for Sports Medicine Australia
- Herald Sun Contributor
- Director of Coaching - Maccabi Victoria
- Director of Hard Yards Investments
- Inventor of Sherrin Precision Football
- Coached & Mentor to many Aboriginal & Multicultural Players
- Current Ajax Football Club Senior Coach
- Captain of Collingwood FC
- State Player S.A. Vic Qld
- All Australian Player
- AFL Premiership Coach
- All Australian Coach
- AFL Life Member
- Collingwood F.C .Life Member
- Port Adelaide F.C. Life Member
- Port Adelaide Hall of Fame
- SANFL Hall of Fame
- Collingwood best and fairest: 1981 & 1984
- Played Over 390 Senior Games
For years I watched parents teachers & coaches struggle to teach kids to kick properly. Having coached kicking to kids then all the way to Elite AFL premiership players I thought there must be an easier way to help pass on this knowledge.
This is when I invented the Sherrin Precision Ball. Enjoy kicking the ball and improving more quickly. Perfect for beginners but ESSENTIAL for inconsistent players from school, local, amateur teams but also for AFL players who miss too many targets & goals.
Those who want to have a video of their kick analysed and corrected
Click here to visit KICK DOCTOR.