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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

There is very little Peter Schwab has not done in football, except perhaps umpire games (unless you count the 2006 USAFL national tournament when he donned a whistle for several matches). He has been a player (Hawthorn), an assistant coach (Richmond and Hawthorn), a senior coach (Hawthorn), a member of the Match Review Panel, umpire director and CEO of AFL Victoria. He has now been appointed the AFL Director of Coaching. He will begin his new role once he finishes with his current duties with AFL Victoria. He has degrees in teaching and journalism.

As Director of Coaching Schwab will:

Manage broad based and high performance coaching strategies with the AIS/AFL High Performance Coach.

Review, develop and publish coaching curriculum specific to each segment of the coaching pathway.

Lead the development of courses, materials and seminars for coaching education.

Manage and mentor the AIS/AFL High Performance Coach and AIS/AFL Mentors.

Mentor States' Academy and Talent Coaches.

Develop coaching strategies to engage international, indigenous and multicultural coaches and talented players.

Work collaboratively with the AFL Coaches' Association.

In related news, former Sydney great Michael O'Loughlin has been appointed to replace Jason McCartney as the AIS-AFL Academy High Performance Coach. McCartney resigned his position to take up a development role with Fremantle.

AFL General Manager National and International Development, David Matthews is delighted with the appointments of both Schwab and O'Loughlin saying they each bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their respective new jobs. He pointed out O'Loughlin's leadership on and off the field while playing with the Swans as well as his management of other AFL programs since his retirement as a player. O'Loughlin had already been working at the Academy as a mentor and with former Brisbane player Chris Johnson on indigenous programs.

O'Loughlin, who has always had an interest in mentoring young players, said he was excited by the chance to coach the young players. He said the strength of the Academy was not only in helping participants develop their skills as players, but also to be better people. He said working with McCartney had been a great experience and he is looking forward to working with AFL Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan and Peter Schwab.

Michael O’Loughlin:
Drafted:1994 from SA club Central Districts
Debuted: 1995
Games: 303
Goals: 521
Honors: 1995 Rising Star nominee, 1998 club best and fairest, 2000-2001 club leading goalkicker, All-Australian 1997 and 2000, 2005 Premiership, 2009 Madden Medal, Indigenous Team of the Century

Source: Nick Johnston and Anna Wallin , AFL Media Release

Article last changed on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 10:18 AM EST

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