Brown named Power coach

LEIGH Brown has been named as Gippsland Power’s new under 18 coach and development manager.

The 31-year-old, originally from Heyfield, retired from AFL football at the end of the 2011 season after 246 career games and 138 goals.

He was taken at number five by Fremantle in the 1999 national draft and played 63 games there before moving on to North Melbourne where he played a further 118 games. He finished his career on a high note at Collingwood, playing in both their 2010 premiership and 2011 grand final sides and playing another 65 games.

During his final AFL season Brown became just the second player in VFL/AFL history to play 50 games for three clubs.

He was awarded life membership at Collingwood in 2011 and also won its best clubman award that year.

Brown has spent the past two seasons as the Melbourne Football Club’s forward line coach.

Brown was extremely excited with his appointment and the related opportunity to coach at elite TAC Cup level.

As a TAC Cup player in 1999 he won both Gippsland Power’s best-and-fairest award and its prestigious coaches award.

Taking over as Power coach from Nick Stevens, Brown said he intended at Power to install a football program which will focus on a culture of improvement in all areas of club operations.