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Western Bulldogs Assistant Coaches

Ashley Hansen - Forwards

Former West Coast Eagles forward and premiership player Ashley Hansen joined the Western Bulldogs' coaching panel in November 2012. 

Taking on the role of Development Coach for season 2013 and 2014, Hansen brought a wealth of experience having been part of an elite football program at West Coast for a decade, as well as excelling in his role of playing assistant coach for WAFL club Swan Districts.

His time in the WAFL saw him work predominantly with a young, emerging forward line group. 

At the end of 2014, Hansen was announced as the senior coach of the Footscray Bulldogs VFL side for 2015, going on to guide Footscray to its second VFL Premiership in 2016.

Hansen moved into an AFL Assistant Coaching role ahead of the 2017 season, responsible for the forward line.

Hansen holds a Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science) from Edith Cowan University and is currently completing a Masters degree in strength and conditioning. 

Chris Maple - Coaching Performance

Chris Maple coached the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup for two years prior to joining the Western Bulldogs coaching panel in 2008.

Maple has worked tirelessly in recent years on the expansion of the Bulldogs' development program after holding the position of Development Manager, before being named as the senior coach of the Footscray Bulldogs VFL side before the start of the 2014 season.

Maple led the Footscray Bulldogs to the VFL premiership in 2014 - the team’s first year back in the state league - and in late 2014 was promoted to the position of Head of Development at the Kennel.

Maple has also coached at both Tatyoon and Buninyong football clubs in the Ballarat league, and through those roles had played a major role in the Rebels Development Squad over eight years.

Following the Club's AFL Premiership success in 2016, Maple moved into the newly created role of Coaching Performance Manager and will support the development of the Club's assistant coaches whil providing direct assistance to Senior Coach Luke Beveridge. Maple also oversees performance analysis and player welfare.

Daniel Giansiracusa - Stoppages

Daniel Giansiracusa joined the Western Bulldogs coaching panel in November 2014 as an Assistant Coach, responsible for the forward line.

Following the Club's 2016 AFL Premiership success, Giansiracusa moved into the Stoppages and Set plays portfolio for the 2017 season.

After 15 years at the Kennel as a player, Giansiracusa retired at the end of the 2014 season after 265 games.

Renowned as a crafty forward and midfielder, Giansiracusa was twice named the Club's leading goalkicker, and was part of Australia's International Rules team in 2005.

Steven King - Backline

Steven King was appointed as an assistant coach at the Western Bulldogs in October 2011.

King arrived at the Whitten Oval from the St Kilda Football Club where he was the ruck/midfield coach in 2011.

After overseeing the midfield unit at the Bulldogs in the ensuing years up to and including the Club's AFL Premiership success in 2016, King moved across to the backline portfolio for the 2017 season.

King played 240 senior AFL games with Geelong and St Kilda, and was a member of the Cats 2007 premiership side.

King captained the Cats between 2003 and 2006, was a dual Club best and fairest (2000,2002) and member of the AFL All Australian Team in 2000.

Joel Corey - Midfield

Triple premiership player Joel Corey joined the Western Bulldogs in the role of Development Coach in November 2013.

Corey joined the Club after an illustrious playing career where he was an influential member of Geelong’s recent on-field success across 276 games at the top level.

Responsible for the Club's Stoppages and Set Plays in the Bulldogs' AFL Premiership winning 2016 season, Corey moves into the Midfield portfolio for the 2017 season.

Selected at pick eight in the 1999 AFL draft, Corey was awarded all-Australian honours on two occasions as well as two best and fairest awards in 14 seasons.