Chris Mundell has been announced as the head coach of the NZ Falcons as they prepare to take on the NZ All Stars in September.
Former head coach, Rob Malone has been appointed as the assistant coach for the campaign.
Chris spent three years as NZ assistant coach under Malone and took over the role in 2018.
With over eight years of professional coaching experience, Chris Mundell has become a prominent figure within New Zealand’s AFL landscape.
Initially entering into the AFL New Zealand High Performance Programme in an assistant coaching capacity, Chris has progressed to take on the head coaching role for the New Zealand Under 18 team, the Auckland Buccaneers at a National Provincial level and Auckland AFL coach with the University Blues.
Mundell was the head coach of the Northern Suns during the inaugural AFL New Zealand Premiership before moving to the Western Crows and leading them to a Premiership in 2019.
Mundell hopes to implement a coaching style centred on creating a good culture around development.
“My coaching style is very much about creating a culture and environment that breeds learning and development and as a result success. Creating standards, values and beliefs and ensuring we live up to them is vital to creating this environment.
It’s important to me that each player is being stretched to test themselves both mentally and physically and that they feel comfortable being uncomfortable.”
I feel that the game style and approach to footy that we have brought in over the last International Cup campaign has a lot of merit to the way we want to play, so I don’t see it changing dramatically in the short term.
There are elements we as a country need to improve on and continue to develop in order to be competitive on the world stage and that is my challenge.”
In a playing capacity Chris has represented New Zealand at the 2011 and 2014 International Cups as well campaigns against the AFL Academy.