Fremantle has finalised its match day coaching staff for season 2011.

Senior development coach Simon Lloyd has been appointed assistant coach as part of an expanded role that will see him continue to oversee the club’s development academy.

To accommodate Lloyd’s expanded role, the club has appointed an additional development coach in Steve Grace, the current coach of the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup.

Grace will join recently appointed development coaches Jason McCartney and Ashley Prescott and part-time development coach Shaun McManus in Fremantle’s development academy.

The finalisation of Fremantle’s full-time coaching staff will see Lloyd join Barry Mitchell, Todd Curley and Michael Prior on senior coach Mark Harvey’s panel of assistant coaches.

The 40-year-old father of two was appointed head of the Fremantle Dockers’ development academy in September 2009, having spent the previous decade working at Hawthorn and Collingwood in key development, leadership and coaching roles.

Between 2005 and 2009, Lloyd was Collingwood’s high performance manager.
In the six years prior to that at Hawthorn, he filled a number of roles including player development manager and development coach.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said that Lloyd’s increased responsibilities would allow him to continue in his important role as head of the development academy while at the same time complementing his role as an assistant coach with game day responsibilities.

“The establishment of our development academy has been a strategic focus of the club since 2008,” Bond said.

“Simon’s role as head of the academy is integral to its ongoing growth and improvement, particularly given his expertise in the area and the fact that since 2008 we have added 25 young players to our list.”

Bond added that the recent appointment to the development academy of AIS/AFL high performance coach Jason McCartney, former Essendon assistant coach Ashley Prescott and Steve Grace was a significant enhancement to the resourcing of the development academy.

The club announced on Monday that it had established a short list of candidates to be interviewed as a replacement for Chris Scott, after he accepted the position as senior coach at Geelong.

“It is a very positive sign that an internal candidate emerged as the best candidate to fill the vacancy,” Bond said.

“Simon’s coaching and football credentials mean that he is ideally placed to assist the coaching team with our aim of achieving sustained success.”

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