The adopted doyen of coaches in Queensland, he was named Queensland Coach of the Century in 2003 after a massive contribution at club and state level. A 72-game AFL player at Fitzroy from 1968-74, he began his coaching career with Fitzroy Reserves in 1978-79. Moved to Queensland in 1980 and tasted premiership success with Kedron in his first season. After two years at the helm of the Redlegs he moved to the Gold Coast in 1982 ahead of Southport’s entry to the then QAFL competition in 1983, and in six years with the club coached them to three premierships in 1983-85-87.
Was also Queensland coach from 1980-84, leading the Maroons to two mighty Escort Cup victories in 1983-84 and a famous State of Origin win over Victoria at the Gabba in 1991.
He joined the Brisbane Bears as assistant-coach in 1989 and in 1990 served as the club’s senior coach before voluntarily stepping down to make way for Robert Walls. Stayed on as an assistant coach with the Bears from 1991-93 and served as Southport Football Manager in 1995 before he was lured back into the AFL system. Was an assistant-coach at North Melbourne from 1996-2000, sharing in two premierships under Denis Pagan, and at Geelong from 2001-03.
The man credited with a key role in elevating the status of Queensland football, he returned to his adopted state in 2004 and added another flag to his list in 2005 before retiring from football.