The Glenelg Football Club wishes to advise of the departure of Senior Coach Mark Stone, who has accepted the role of Senior Assistant Coach with the Brisbane Lions.
Whilst Mark was contracted and committed to the remaining two years of his contract with Glenelg, the recent appointment of David Noble to the North Melbourne Football Club triggered a restructure of Brisbane’s football department, for which Mark was approached by Brisbane to join their Club in this senior role.
Tigers CEO Justin Scripps said “whilst our members and fans will be disappointed with losing our 2019 premiership winning coach at the commencement of our 2021 campaign, Mark has left a legacy at our Club that will transcend his time here. Mark has provided our playing group with real clarity on what a high performing environment looks like and the values that will help continue to build our culture.”
“While it’s reassuring to know that the SANFL State League competition and the people at our Clubs are held in high regard within the AFL system, we won’t compromise our pursuit of attracting and retaining the best quality people into our Club.”
Mark now joins a list of key Club personnel that have progressed their careers in the AFL over the past three years, after previous Coach Matt Lokan and Head of High Performance Brad Keller were approached by Port Adelaide and Fremantle Football Clubs respectively.
Departing Coach Stone said “I’d like to thank the Glenelg Football Club for giving me the opportunity to be their Senior Coach for the past three years. Together, we’ve experienced some tough times and also the highest of highs the game has to offer and this experience has been extremely fulfilling.
“My family and I have always felt a sense of belonging here and we’ve forged some great working relationships, strong friendships and personal bonds that will remain long into the future.
“I would like to wish the players and the Club every success in the future and hope that they can again taste the ultimate success in their 100th year.”
The Club would like to publicly thank Mark for his contribution and wish him, Kerry and his family the very best of luck with their new journey.
The Club will commence the recruitment process immediately in preparation for 2021, our 100th year in the SANFL.