by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
Chris Scott, twin brother to North Melbourne's Brad Scott, has been appointed as the new coach of Geelong. Scott has edged out assistant coach Brenton Sanderson, who was favored by departed coach Mark Thompson, and Ken Hinkley. Hinkley played 11 games with Fitzroy (1987-88) and 121 games for Geelong (1989-1995) and coached in country local leagues for several years before joining St Kilda as an assistant to Malcolm Blight in 2001. He then coached Bell Park in the Geelong Football League before returning to the Cats as an assistant to Mark Thompson. Hinkley joined the Gold Coast coaching staff last year. Sanderson started his career with Fitzroy (six games) and Collingwood (four games) before playing 199 games with the Cats.
It is believed Scott has been offered a three year contract. Scott, a defender alongside his brother, played 215 games for the Lions 1994-2007 and was a member of the 2001 and 2002 premiership teams. He missed the 2003 Grand Final due to injury. He joined Fremantle as an assistant in 2008 and helped reshape the backline. Although Scott says it was the call of Coach Mark Harvey to shift forward Chris Tarrant to defense, some credit Scott with that move.
Next season will be just the third time in AFL history that brothers will be coaching against each other. The others were Len Smith (Fitzroy) against his brother Norm (Melbourne) 1958-62 and Kevin Rose (Fitzroy) against Bob Rose (Footscray, now the Western Bulldogs) in 1975. However, this will be the first time twin brothers will be opposed to one another in the coaching boxes.
Currently, Scott's former Brisbane teammates Nigel Lappin and Blake Caracella are still on the Cats' coaching staff.
Article last changed on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 11:32 AM EDT