The Brisbane Lions has appointed Chris Fagan as senior coach today, replacing Justin Leppitsch.
Fagan has served as a key member of the Hawthorn Football Club’s off-field team for all four premiership wins in 2008 and 2013-2015. Other than the Hawks, the 55-year-old has also coached Melbourne, Tassie Mariners, North Hobart and Sandy Bay.
In pursuing this position, Fagan competed against former Western Bulldogs assistant Brett Montgomery and Carlton assistant coach John Barker. Fagan was chosen by a five-person selection committee, which included Lions’ football manager David Noble, CEO Greg Swann, list manager Peter Schwab, former player Simon Black and psychologist Matti Clements.
A senior assistant will also be appointed to work under Fagan, with a number of assistant coaching positions also to be filled.
Leppitsch was sacked at the end of the season due to poor performance.