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Western Bulldogs Development Coaches

Rohan Smith - AFL Dev Manager

Rohan Smith was promoted to Assistant Coach role in season 2013 and has since been responsible for the Bulldogs' backline, after previously fulfilling the role of Skills Aquisition Coach in 2012.

Smith repsonsible for the Bulldogs backline that helped steer the Club to its historic second AFL premiership in 2016, before assuming responsibility for the Club's AFL Development program ahead of the 2017 season.

Smith played 300 games and kicked 254 for the Bulldogs before retiring in 2006.

Smith was named an All-Australian on two occasions (1997, 2003) in his 16 year AFL career.

He also won the 1998 E.J. Whitten Medal as the best Victorian player in the State of Origin clash against the Allies.

Jordan Russell - Dev Coach

Russell commenced a Development Coaching role at the Kennel in 2014, combining it with playing duties for the the Footscray Bulldogs.

Russell has been a part of both Footscray's VFL Premierships, holding the captaincy in 2016, and claimed the VFL best and fairest in the same season.

Playing 125 senior games, Russell had a nine-year AFL career at Carlton and Collingwood.

Steve Grace - Senior VFL Coach

Steve Grace joined the Western Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2016 season, recruited to take on the role of Senior VFL Coach for the 2017 season.

Arriving from the Collingwood Football Club, Grace previously filled a number of development coaching positions at Fremantle Football Club from 2011 to 2013 before moving to the Holden Centre in 2014 as Defence Development Coach, and then Assistant Coach – Forwards in 2015 and 2016.


Jamie Maddocks - Dev Coach

Arriving at the Kennel ahead of the 2016 AFL season, Maddocks took on the Opposition and Development Coach role and was part of the Club's AFL and VFL premierships.