2018 Head Coach Lindsay Scown Interview

During the first week of pre-season training, I had the opportunity to speak with the new head coach of the East Coast Eagles Lindsay Scown.

It was great to get an insight into Scown, who is committed with ambitions to lead the clubs charge towards finals football across all grades; in 2018 and beyond.

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Lindsay Scown
Age: 33
Family: Wife and two dogs
AFL Club followed: Collingwood
Junior Club: North Shore Seagulls (Geelong Football League)
Fun Fact: “I was more of a cricketer growing up, playing 150 games of grade for North Melbourne Cricket Club. During my experiences I became exposed to elite sporting systems such as the Victorian Bushrangers Cricket Organization.”

Q: How was the first night of pre-season?

A: Great turnout, the boys have come back pretty fit, excited and ready to go.

Q: How important is a big preseason’s contribution to a successful season?

A: Crucial. Pre-season is where you lay the foundations for a big year ahead. From a coaching point of view you’re looking to improve skill level and ball movement and you begin to implement game plans and methods. From a players perspective you’re conditioning the body to withstand the rigours of an 18 round season plus finals. 

Q: What are your experiences in football?

A: I grew up playing footy from the age of 6 in Geelong. I have been lucky enough to have had some great and experienced coaches during my time. Starting with my Dad, he has been a great teacher of the game to a number of ex-AFL players – Peter Riccardi, Wade Chapman, Adam Contessa, Daniel Harris; that have each been fantastic in their own right.  

Q: What attracted you to become a part of the East Coast Eagles Football Club?

A: Since being in Sydney over the past 4 years, the Eagles have been the bench mark with a proud history of success. Working with ‘Sanks’ [Michael Sankey] , ‘AT’ [Andrew Turner] and Phil Bester; as well as getting to know a number of the players who were part of that program, you can feel that the drive and hunger to win is embedded into their mindset. Then moving through the recruitment process with the board you can see the passion and professionalism that they bring to the club. 

Q: What are your expectations of your leadership group?

A: Not just of a specific ‘leadership group’ but of any players that considers themselves a leader. The leaders drive the culture of the club and what it stands for. That doesn’t come from the coaching group.

Q: What do you think you can bring to the football club and where do you hope to take the club in 2018 and beyond?

A: Hopefully I can bring fresh ideas to the group and get the club back playing finals footy and contending for premierships across all grades.

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I thank Lindsay for his time and dedication to this interview. The East Coast Eagles Football Club look forward to a successful 2018 season; with Scown at the helm.

Will Cashmore