Famous Australian Coaches

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 1 Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell
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Famous As: Football coach and former Football player -Winger
Birthdate: September 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Smithfield, Australia

 2 Alan Jones

Alan Jones
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Famous As: Former radio broadcaster, Rugby union coaches
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakey, Queensland, Australia

 3 Penny Taylor

Penny Taylor
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

In her 19-year stint as a basketball player, Penny Taylor has mostly represented the WNBA team Phoenix Mercury. She also won gold medals as part of the Australian women’s national team. Though she had a heterosexual marriage earlier, she is now openly lesbian and married to fellow basketball player Diana Taurasi.

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 4 Allan Border

Allan Border
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia

Legendary Australian cricketer Allan Border, also popularly known as AB, remains to be regarded as one of the best batsmen the game has ever had. Under his captaincy, Australia didn’t just win a World Cup but also brought back the Ashes in 1989. He is also one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

 5 Jelena Dokić

Jelena Dokić
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Famous As: Tennis player who was world No. 4, in August 2002
Birthdate: April 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

Yugoslavian-born tennis star Jelena Dokic had once been world number 4 in singles. While she represented Serbia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia, and Australia in international events, post-retirement, she has mostly been associated with Australian tennis as a coach, author, and sports commentator. She accused her father of abuse in her memoir.

 6 Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett
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Famous As: rugby league player
Birthdate: January 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allora

Wayne Bennett, or Benny, is regarded as NRL’s most successful coach. The rugby coach is known for his stint with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the national teams of Australia, New Zealand, and Britain. He also earned the nickname Skeletor for his lack of facial expressions while watching matches.

 7 Darren Cahill

Darren Cahill
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: October 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian tennis coach and former player Darren Cahill is best known for mentoring renowned players such as Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and Simona Halep. He was also the Australian Davis Cup coach. Known by his nickname Killer in the tennis circuit, he also works as a tennis analyst for ESPN.

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 8 Thomas Masson Moody

Thomas Masson Moody
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Birthdate: October 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra

Australian former cricketer and coach Thomas Masson Moody, better known as Tom Moody, excelled in other sports, such as Australian football and high jump, too. Also known as Big Tom, for his 6’6” frame, he won two World Cups for his country and now serves as the director of Sri Lanka Cricket.

 9 Shane Gould

Shane Gould
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould was 15 when she participated in the Munich Olympics. She stunned everyone with her early retirement at 16 and stayed away from the limelight for 25 years, eventually re-emerging after raising her four kids on an Australian farm and then breaking records at the 2000 Sydney Games.

 10 Ivan Cleary

Ivan Cleary
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Famous As: Former Rugby league footballer Fullback position
Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 11 Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards
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Famous As: Rugby league player
Birthdate: October 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wigan

Rugby coach and former player Shaun Edwards now leads the French national team as its defense coach. He has won 8 Challenge Cup titles with the Wigan Warriors and has also represented the English and Irish teams. He has also served the London Wasps as their head coach.

 12 Tony Roche

Tony Roche
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wagga Wagga, Australia

Tony Roche had started playing tennis at age 9 and joined the Wagga Wagga Tennis Club at 13. He was part of the Handsome Eight of tennis, joining the league with players such as Cliff Drysdale and Roger Taylor. Post-retirement, he coached Australia’s Davis Cup team.

 13 Peter Carter

Peter Carter
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Died: August 1, 2002

Remembered as the coach of tennis legend Roger Federer, Peter Carter had started off as a player but moved to coaching after his playing career was cut short due to injuries. He tragically died in a car accident at the Kruger National Park, where he was supposed to be holidaying with his wife.

 14 Ron Barassi

Ron Barassi
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Famous As: Former Australian rules football player and Coach
Birthdate: February 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castlemaine, Australia

 15 Johnny Warren

Johnny Warren
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Famous As: Football player, Coach
Birthdate: May 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: November 6, 2004

Johnny Warren was an Australian football player, coach, writer, broadcaster, and administrator. Nicknamed Captain Socceroo, Warren is best remembered for his work to promote and popularize soccer in Australia. The award presented to the A-League's best player is named after Johnny Warren. His life and career inspired the 2006 documentary film Johnny Warren’s Football Mission.

 16 Bob Brett

Bob Brett
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Famous As: Tennis Coach, Tennis Player
Birthdate: November 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: January 5, 2021

Australian tennis coach Bob Brett initially worked as a ball boy for Arthur Ashe. Though he didn’t have much of a professional career, he later turned into a coach, while working part-time as a postman. He gradually rose to coach tennis legends such as Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic.

 17 Ric Charlesworth

Ric Charlesworth
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Famous As: Sports Consultant, Field Hockey Player
Birthdate: February 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Subiaco

Apart from coaching the Australian women's hockey team, former Australian MP and professional cricket and field hockey player Ric Charlesworth has also served as a consultant for the New Zealand national cricket team and the Fremantle Football Club. Charlesworth has also penned books such as Shakespeare the Coach.

 18 Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie
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Famous As: Rugby union player
Birthdate: June 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

Known for his successful stint with the Australian national rugby team, or the Wallabies, Ewen McKenzie also won a World Cup for his country. He has also coached the Australian team and won honors such as the Super Rugby Coach of the Year. He also wrote a column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

 19 Jim Dymock

Jim Dymock
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Famous As: Former Rugby league five-eighth or lock position
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 20 Stevče Aluševski

Stevče Aluševski
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Famous As: Handball player
Birthdate: October 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Though born in Australia, Stevče Aluševski later represented Macedonia in handball. Starting his career with the Bitola club RK Pelister, he is a 13-time Macedonian First League champion and an 11-time Macedonian Handball Cup champion. He now serves the club Þór Akureyri as its manager.

 21 Stephen Fairbairn

Stephen Fairbairn
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Famous As: Rower
Birthdate: August 25, 1862
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toorak, Australia
Died: May 16, 1938

Born to an affluent grazier in Australia, Stephen Fairbairn excelled in not just rowing but also in cricket and Australian football. He was also talented in math. Growing up to be a talented rower for Cambridge, he later established the Head of the River Race and coached iconic British rowing clubs.

 22 Nicole Richardson

Nicole Richardson
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Famous As: Softball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Australia

Part of the bronze-winning Australian softball team in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Nicole Richardson was named to the Softball Australia Hall of Fame, too. She also won Australia a gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. She has also coached netball teams such as the Collingwood Magpies.