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Crows Finalise Coaching Structure

The Adelaide Football Club has appointed James Podsiadly as an Assistant Coach.

Podsiadly, who retired from playing at the end of this season, will oversee the Club’s defenders.

The strong-marking utility had a unique AFL journey debuting at the age of 28 before playing in a premiership with Geelong in 2011.

The 34-year-old finished his career after 104 games, including 21 for the Crows.

Podsiadly, who has shown great leadership during his two seasons at the Crows, said he was thrilled to remain at West Lakes.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Club and am excited to continue my journey here by transitioning into a coaching role,” Podsiadly said.

“I always wanted to stay involved and this opportunity was too good to ignore.

“I look forward to working with the Crows’ exciting and developing backline.”

Crows Head of Football David Noble said Podsiadly’s football experience on the field plus his life experience off it would be invaluable to the Club.

“James is an outstanding person and his qualities will fit well into our coaching group,” Noble said.

“During his time at the Crows he was a true professional and he did a lot of mentoring work with our younger players.

“His ability to communicate clearly and directly is a trait those players valued highly.

“Outside of football he has interests in leadership, health and well-being sectors which have helped hone some of his coaching skills.”

Podsiadly’s appointment completes the Adelaide coaching panel for 2016 after Paul Thomas was recently announced as a new development coach.

Crows Coaching Structure 2016

Senior Coach – Don Pyke
Midfield Coach – Scott Camporeale
Forwards Coach – David Teague
Rucks Coach – Matthew Clarke
Defensive Coach – James Podsiadly
Development Manager (SANFL Coach) – Heath Younie
Midfield Development Coach – Ryan O’Keefe
Forwards Development Coach – Tate Kaesler
Defensive Development Coach – Paul Thomas

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