BIO: CHRIS CONNOLLY
Chris was born into football. His father Barry played for Footscray and became a legendary figure in Country football. Barry coached Ardlethan, Nathalia, Waaia, Invergordan, Shepparton and Shepparton United football clubs. He formed junior football competitions in Ardlethan and Nathalia. He was president of the Shepparton United football club and Goulburn Valley football leagues for over twenty years.
Chris followed in his fathers foot steps to play, coach and administer in Australian rules football.
Chris ( born 25 March 1963 ) has played, coached and administrated in the Australian football league.
He played played 84 games and kicked 38 goals as a midfielder for the Melbourne football club.
Chris was senior coach of the Fremantle football club from 2002 to 2007.
PLAYING CAREER TIMELINE
1978 Captain of Goulburn Valley schoolboys side.
Under 15 state champions.
1979-80 Victorian Under 17 teal cup representative.
Vice captain in 1980.
1980 Senior premiership Shepparton United.
1981 Melbourne football club Under 19 premiership.
1982 Melbourne Under 19 Captain and Club Champion.
1982-90 Melbourne football club senior player.
1983, 1985, 1986 Fourth in Club Championship.
1987 and 1989 Knee reconstructions.
1991 Made a life member of Melbourne football club.
COACHING CAREER TIMELINE
1991 Assistant coach at Melbourne football club.
1992-1995 Inaugural coach of Under 18 Eastern Ranges side.
AFL senior players produced included David Wirrpunda, Chris Scott, Brad Scott, Rayden Tallis, Kane Johnson, Adam Kingsley, Jess Sinclair and Mark Bolton.
1996-97 Hawthorn reserves coach.
AFL senior players produced included Ben Dixon,Angelou Lekkas, Luke McCabe, Jade Rawlings. Johnathon Hay Rayden Tallis and Brad Scott.
1998-2001 Hawthorn senior assistant coach.
Round 17 2001 senior coach vs Carlton ( MCG)
2002-2007 Senior coach of Fremantle football club.
2002 Won 9 games finishing 13th.
2003 Won 14 games finishing 6th.
2004 Won 11 games finishing 9th.
2005 Won 11 games finishing 10th.
2006 Won 15 games finishing 3rd.
Awarded Con Regan medal which recognises those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the Fremantle football club.
2007 Won 6 of 15 games.
MANAGEMENT CAREER TIMELINE
2008-11 Melbourne football club football manager.
2012-13 Melbourne football club development manager.
2002 - 2007 Newspaper Column with Sunday times WA.
2008 - present Radio ABC grandstand special comments.
2014 - present Radio AFL live / Croc media special comments.
2014 - present AFL media / AFL record.
2014 - present Television Croc media / Channel 9 WA footy show.
1981 - 84 Bachelor of education. ( physical education / science ).
1985 PE teacher at Sholem Aleichem primary school.
1986-91 PE teacher at Northcote Technical school.
1992- 97 PE teacher at Pembroke secondary college.
2014 - present Founding director of Advanced High performance