Coaching Staff

Tom Morrison | Senior Coach
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In Morrison's first year as senior coach, he guided the program to its best regular season (14 wins, 4 losses) and a preliminary final, a feat which saw him recognized as the NEAFL Team of the Year Coach and Head Assistant Coach of the 2017 NEAFL Representative Side.

Morrison is a well-respected individual throughout Sydney Uni sporting environment and will draw on his ability to lead and manage young people, as much as teach, in pushing the NEAFL Program at Sydney Uni to new heights in 2018.


Rhys McAlister | Senior Assistant Coach
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Rhys joins Growthbuilt SUANFC, bringing a wealth of football knowledge from previous coaching roles including Head Coach of the NSW/ACT Rams U/16s, Belconnen NEAFL Assistant Coach and GWS Giants Academy U/18 Program Assistant Coach.

Rhys is a level-2 accredited coach, who also spent time with the Western Bulldogs as a Pro/Talent Scout.

The Club is thrilled to welcome someone with Rhys' experience to our NEAFL coaching ranks heading into the 2018 season.


Lloyd Perris | Development & Line Coach
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Despite being just 21 years of age, Lloyd is no stranger to the coaches box.

After 2 years with the Sydney Swans, Lloyd joined Growthbuilt SUANFC for the 2016 season while recovering from his third ACL injury sustained at Swans training in August 2015.

2016 saw Lloyd become the Sydney Swans Academy Senior Assistant Coach while also coaching the Student's NEAFL backline.

Lloyd begun work as the Club's Development and Midfield Line Coach in 2017, taking advantage of the numerous strong relationships he shares with the Club's playing group.


Tim Barrett | Line Coach
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Tim is no stranger to Growthbuilt SUANFC, joining the Club as a 17-year old in 2011, winning the Club's Rising Star Award in his first senior season.

The Students entered the NEAFL the following year where Barrett continued to make his mark, earning a NEAFL Rising Star nomination after four rounds and won the club’s leading goalkicker award in 2012 and 2013. Tim was also a member of the 2017 NEAFL Representative side that defeated the Tasmanian State League side in June last year.

Tim is currently on the comeback from a knee reconstruction suffered mid-2017.

A member of the 2013 Eastern Conference Team of the Year, Barrett represented the NEAFL Under-22s against the SANFL that same year and had notched up 77 NEAFL games before his injury last year.

Tim, a Drummoyne Power junior, will take control of the NEAFL's forward line in 2018 as he continues to rehab his knee.


Tony Overall | Premier Division Coach
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Winning a senior premiership in his first season with the club in 1997, Tony Overall has juggled playing and coaching over the past 20 seasons at Growthbuilt SUANFC (with a career in high level amateur football in Adelaide before that), taking charge of the senior side for the 2004 season, before coaching Growthbuilt SUANFC’s reserve side in 2007 and 2008.

Overall returned to the senior coaching ranks in 2009,10,11 and 12 as the Senior Assistant Coach (Premier Division), before most recently undertaking the role of Club Coaching Director of the lower grades in 2013,14, 15 and working with the Sydney AFL representative side 4 times (once alongside Growthbuilt SUANFC NEAFL Coach Tom Morrison).

Along with working beside Tom Morrison, Overall has also worked with both Daniel Archer (former Eastlake and NT Thunder Senior Coach) and Roger Moten (former Sydney University NEAFL Senior Coach and current GWS Development Coach). He has finals experience second to none having been involved in some of the strongest playing groups and team cultures at the Club in recent memory.


Mike Bassett | Premier Division Reserves Coach
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Mike joined Growthbuilt SUANFC as a Premier Division Assistant Coach in 2017.

This year, Mike will take the reigns of our Premier Division Reserves side, as they look to go one better in 2018.


Joey Britton | Colts Division One Coach
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Joey is an AFL level-two accredited coach, and has been overseeing and developing the AFL program at Knox Grammar School for the last four years.

With a particular focus on skill development and leadership, he has seen playing numbers rapidly increase as well as ensuring on field success.

Joey has also previously been the Head Coach at Growthbuilt SUANFC junior-affiliated Club, Glebe Greyhounds.


Jim Beard | Division One Blues Coach
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Jim Beard will continue his role as the Club’s 4th Grade coach in 2018, managing the Club’s Division One Blues side (previously known as Reds).


Adam Clark | Division Two Reds Coach
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The Growthbuilt Sydney University Australian National Football Club is proud to announce Adam Clark as the Division 2 Reds Coach.

Adam is a life member of the Club and is a premiership winning coach.


Greg Nix | Division Three Golds Coach
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Greg Nix will continue as coach of the Division Three Golds side in 2018 (previously known as Plats).