The Western Crows have announced the remainder of their coaching staff ahead of the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership. Chris Mundell and Gregor Kempt will assist head coach Andrew Crighton while Shane Leat will be the Playing Assistant Coach for the upcoming season.
Chris Mundell – Assistant Coach
With over six years of professional coaching experience, Chris Mundell has become a prominent figure within New Zealand’s AFL landscape.
Mundell was the head coach of the Northern Suns during the inaugural AFL New Zealand Premiership before moving to the Western Crows in 2017.
His role as head coach of the New Zealand Under 18 side for the past three years means that he has a good understanding about the young talent coming into the competition in 2018. His progression in coaching ranks also includes the Assistant Coaching role for the Senior New Zealand team.
Chris is also the head coach of the Auckland Buccaneers at a National Provincial level and currently the Auckland AFL coach at the University Blues.
Gregor Kempt – Assistant Coach
Wellington based Gregor Kempt will make his coaching debut in the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership with the Western Crows.
He is the current head coach of the Wellington City Saints and his philosophy regarding the creation of a strong team culture will be an asset he brings to the Crows. Gregor slots into the experienced Crows outfit and his knowledge of the Wellington based players in the competition will assist head coach Andrew Crighton.
Gregor has a long history with AFL in Wellington and has previously been involved with the AFL New Zealand Academy over recent years.
Shane Leat – Playing Assistant Coach
Shane was announced as a retained player for the Crows back in October but will take on a role of Playing Assistant Coach in 2018.
His coaching experience stems initially from his time teaching AFL KiwiKick within local Schools in Auckland as well as volunteering his time with the AFL New Zealand Youth competition. With over 7 years of experience in the AFL New Zealand system, Shane will be a key contributor on the field in 2018.
In 2016, Shane was a winning member of the Inaugural AFL New Zealand Premiership Cup in April, followed later that year with further success captaining his local Auckland club side, the Waitakere Magpies to the AAFL Premiership in an undefeated season.