Brad Scott (Australian footballer) Biography

Bradley David Walter Scott is a former player in Australian rules football who is currently the coach of Essendon. Scott was born on May 3, 1976. In the Australian Football League, he was a member of both the Hawthorn and the Brisbane Lions teams (AFL). Between the years 2010 and 2019, he served as the head coach of the North Melbourne Football Club.

Playing career 


After being selected by Hawthorn in the national draft in 1994 with the number 60 pick, Scott did not play for the club and was delisted. Hawthorn then re-drafted him in 1996, and he went on to win the reserves best and fairest award during that season. After making his senior debut in 1997, Brad played all 22 games and was considered to be a very solid player. However, at the end of that season, he was traded to the Brisbane Lions, which allowed him to play in the same side as his brother Chris. Brad made his senior debut in 1997.

During the 1997 season, Brad Scott was a member of the Hawthorn Football Club and participated in a total of 22 games, scoring 6 goals.

Brisbane Lions 

Scott was regarded as a fearless figure in defense during his time with the Lions and was a highly reliable player over the course of a number of years. While remaining defiant, Scott suffered a number of ailments, one of which he sustained while playing in his milestone 150th game before the end of 2005.

In the same vein as his brother, Scott earned a reputation as one of the most aggressive players in the league. Both of them played significant roles in the Brisbane Lions’ first two premiership victories, which came in 2001 and 2002. As a result of injuries, he was forced to sit out the 2003 premiership and the latter part of the 2004 season.

It was speculated that Scott’s contract with the Lions would not be renewed due to his lackluster performance in 2004 and 2005; however, he remained with the club and announced on August 10, 2006 that he would retire from his playing career at the end of the 2006 season. Scott’s lackluster performance in 2004 and 2005 led to the speculation. The Round 22 match against the Saints served as Scott’s final game in the AFL.

From 1998 until 2006, Brad Scott was a member of the Brisbane Lions and participated in a total of 146 games, during which time he scored a total of 39 goals.

Coaching career 

After Scott finished his playing career, he took the position of development coach at Collingwood, where he was successful in his efforts to work closely with a variety of young Magpies and other players.

North Melbourne Football Club senior coach (2010-2019) 

Scott was also a candidate for the vacant coaching position at Richmond; however, he considered that his skill set suited North much better and was named as the senior coach of North Melbourne for the 2010 season after signing a contract for three years on August 17, 2009. After Dean Laidley stepped down as head coach in the middle of the 2009 season, caretaker senior coach Darren Crocker was elevated to the position. Scott succeeded Crocker in this role.

Scott’s coaching tenure got off to a dreadful start, with three of the first four matches ending in defeat. One of those defeats was a 104-point drubbing at the hands of the runner-up team from the previous season, St. Kilda. Since then, North has made consistent advancements, and it finished outside of the top eight in %.

Scott was awarded a contract extension as Kangaroos coach despite the fact that North Melbourne did not make the finals for the second year in a row. Club president James Brayshaw stated that he was satisfied with the club’s improvement under Scott’s leadership. Since suffering a 115-point defeat at the hands of Hawthorn in Round 10, he has led the team to an eighth-place finish and a berth in the finals at the end of the 2012 home and away season. This has been accomplished by the side winning ten of its last twelve matches, including six in a row between Rounds 16–21. After that, the club was beaten by West Coast in the elimination final match, which ended with a score of 96 points.

Nick Dal Santo was added to North Melbourne’s list as a restricted free agent at the end of the 2013 season, which provided the club with a positive outlook going into the 2014 season. This came after North Melbourne had a disappointing season in 2013, during which they lost 10 matches by 16 points or less. Despite this, the club began the 2014 season with a positive outlook. After guiding North Melbourne to a sixth-place finish in the premiership season, Scott was able to lead the club into its second consecutive finals series thanks to the accomplishments of the 2014 season. North Melbourne’s now silky midfield was a big reason for the club’s success. North Melbourne was eliminated from the finals after defeating Essendon in their elimination final match by a score of 12 points, then beating Geelong in their semi-final match to advance to Scotts’ first preliminary final as coach against Sydney, but the 71-point loss ended North Melbourne’s run in the finals.

Jarrad Waite, a tall forward, and Shaun Higgins, a medium forward who can also play in the middle, were two of the key additions that Scott made to North Melbourne’s squad before the start of the 2015 season. Despite the fact that Scott’s team finished in eighth place, he came under fire after making the extremely contentious decision to bench nine players in Round 23 of the season’s last game against Richmond. This move was interpreted by many as a form of “tanking.” After defeating Richmond in the elimination final the following week by 17 points and going on to defeat Sydney in the semi-final, the ‘plan’ that Scott had devised proved to be successful, and the team became the first-ever team to reach a preliminary final after finishing eighth in the premiership season. At Domain Stadium, West Coast’s 25-point victory over North Melbourne put an end to the Demons’ streak.

On May 26, 2019, Scott resigned from his position as the senior coach of North Melbourne.

Essendon Football Club senior coach (2023-present) 

In September of 2022, Scott was given the position of senior coach for Essendon for the 2023 season. At the conclusion of the 2022 season, Scott took over as senior coach of Essendon, succeeding Ben Rutten, who had been fired from his position.

Currently, Scott is ranked third for the most AFL/VFL games he has coached without making it to a grand final. Prior to joining Essendon, he was the only one of those three coaches to accomplish this feat while working exclusively at one club.


Personal life 

Chris Scott, Scott’s identical twin brother and current coach of the Geelong Cats, was a teammate of Scott’s at the Brisbane Lions when both were playing. In a matter of a few minutes, Brad is the younger of the twins.

Penny, who is married to Scott, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son, in September of 2014.