After 21 seasons and 383 games with St. Kilda, dual Brownlow Medalist and AFL Hall of Famer Robert Harvey turned his attention to coaching and is an Assistant Coach with Collingwood.
A zone selection from Seaford, Robert Harvey made his debut for St. Kilda in 1988. A tremendous athlete and competitor, the highly respected Harvey had a career that spanned 21 seasons and 383 games playing in the midfield. Harvey left the Saints at the end of 2008 a legend of the game who achieved multiple individual accolades – a dual Brownlow Medalist (1997 & 1998), an eight-time All Australian representative, a four-time Best & Fairest winner, an AFLPA MVP, a St. Kilda Hall of Fame member and eventually AFL Hall of Fame member. Sadly, despite three pre-season flags, the ultimate prize, a premiership, eluded Harvey in his playing career.
Following his retirement, Harvey transitioned into coaching, taking up a Development role with Carlton in 2009 where he served for two seasons. He returned to St. Kilda to be the Midfield Assistant Coach under Ross Lyon in 2011, and found himself as the sides’ interim Senior Coach after Lyon sensationally resigned. Harvey moved to Collingwood at the end of the 2011 season to work under new coach Nathan Buckley. Harvey has served in a number of roles at the Pies, including Midfield Assistant Coach, Senior Assistant Coach, Senior Assistant Backline Coach and Midfield and Transition Assistant Coach. He was rewarded with the AFLCA Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2013.