Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse
Personal information
Full name Michael Malthouse
Date of birth 17 August 1953 (1953-08-17) (age 58)
Place of birth Ballarat, Victoria
Original team North Ballarat (VFA)
Height/Weight 180cm / 76kg
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
St Kilda
053 0(5)
121 (10)
174 (15)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008–2010 Australia (coach) 4
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
West Coast
135 (67–66–2)
243 (156–85–2)
284 (162–120–2)
662 (385–271–6)
1 Playing statistics to end of 1983 season .
3 Coaching statistics correct as of QF1, 2011.
Career highlights

Michael "Mick" Malthouse (born 17 August 1953) is a former Australian rules footballer and the former coach of the Collingwood Football Club.

While his playing career included a premiership for Richmond in the VFL, he is best known for his Australian Football League coaching career.

Malthouse is the most successful coach in the history of the West Coast Eagles, holding several club coaching records including the most grand final appearances (1991, 1992, 1994), most premierships (1992,1994 - both against Geelong), most games coached (243) and won (146) as well as the highest win ratio.

The 1992 Grand Final win was the first AFL premiership won by a team from outside Victoria and was the West Coast Eagles first ever senior premiership.

He has also coached Collingwood to Grand Finals in 2002, 2003, 2010 and 2011; tasting success in the 2010 Grand Final Replay, leading Collingwood to its first Premiership since 1990.


Playing career

St Kilda

Recruited from North Ballarat,[1] Malthouse started his football career with St Kilda in 1972, playing 53 senior games including three finals. After being told by then-coach Allan Jeans that he would struggle to get a game in the senior side due to a surfeit of similar-skilled players, he departed for Richmond midway through the 1976 season.


At Richmond he played 121 senior games, including six finals and the runaway premiership win over Collingwood in 1980. He was noted for being a tough and solid defender. He retired in 1983.

Coaching career

Footscray (1984–1989)

He was Footscray's senior coach from 1984 to 1989.[2] During his time at the Bulldogs he was known for his tough stance on many players, including Doug Hawkins. The teams final standings in his years in charge were 7th (1984), 3rd (1985), 8th (1986), 7th (1987), 8th (1988) and 13th (1989).[3] He impressed with his dedication and professionalism.

West Coast Eagles (1990–1999)

For ten years from 1990 he was senior coach for the West Coast Eagles. During his tenure as coach the Eagles made the finals every year, including 1992 and 1994 premierships and 1991 grand finalists.[2] Final minor premiership ladder positions were 3rd, 1st, 4th, 6th, 1st, 5th, 4th, 5th, 7th and 5th (1990–1999).

Collingwood (2000–2011)

Recruited to the Magpies in 2000 by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, Malthouse has coached Collingwood to the finals in six out of his ten seasons as coach including grand final appearances in 2002, 2003, 2010 (twice) and 2011. In 2010, after the first drawn AFL/VFL grand final since 1977, Collingwood claimed premiership success with a resounding 56-point win over St Kilda in the replay. This was the club's biggest ever win in a grand final and the first since 1990. In July 2009, McGuire produced a succession plan in which Malthouse was to hand over the coaching reins to club legend Nathan Buckley at the end of the 2011 season. In 2011, Malthouse guided Collingwood to another grand final against the Geelong Cats. After the dramatic three point win over Hawthorn in a preliminary final, he was shown on TV in tears in the coach's box after his side came from 17 points down at the final change to book their place in Malthouse's fifth grand final as Collingwood coach and his eighth overall. Collingwood lost the 2011 AFL Grand Final to Geelong by 38 points. The game was his final one as Collingwood coach. Malthouse advised that he would not be taking on the position as Director of Coaching at Collingwood after the loss and that he had made this decision six weeks earlier.[4]


Malthouse's wife is Nanette. Their daughter Christi has been a sports reporter and AFL boundary rider for Network Ten. Christi's son Zachary was born in December 2008 and is Malthouse's first grandchild. The Malthouses also have another daughter, Danielle, and two sons, Cain and Troy.


Mick Malthouse was recently quoted as saying he would like a senior coaching role with Cricket Australia.mick-malthouse-to-ponder-future-in-cricket Mick Malthouse has released an autobiography The Ox is Slow but the Earth is Patient. http://www.michaelmalthouse.com.au/

Mick will join 3AW and Channel 7 in media roles next year.

Playing and coaching achievements

  • 1985 and 1991 Players Association Coach of the Year
  • 1991 Inaugural AFL Coach of the Year
  • 1992 Institute of Sport Coach of the Year [2]
  • Richmond premiership player 1980
  • West Coast premiership coach 1992 and 1994
  • 2008 International Rules Series Coach
  • 2010 International Rules Series Coach
  • 2010 AFLCA Coach of the Year
  • Collingwood premiership coach 2010
  • 2nd longest serving coach of the Collingwood FC behind Jock McHale.
  • 2nd (all time) most games coached at AFL/VFL level.
  • 3rd most wins as coach (all time).


External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ian Hampshire
Footscray coach
Succeeded by
Terry Wheeler
Preceded by
John Todd
West Coast Eagles coach
Succeeded by
Ken Judge
Preceded by
Tony Shaw
Collingwood Football Club coach
Succeeded by
Nathan Buckley

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