Former Hawthorn midfielder Chance Bateman joined West Coast as a development coach ahead of the 2019 season.
Originally from York, about 100 kilometres east of Perth, Bateman played his junior football for the Perth Demons before being drafted by Hawthorn in 1999. He spent 13 season with the Hawks and played 177 games, including the 2008 premiership, before retiring in 2012. After retiring from AFL football he returned to Perth, playing three injury-affected seasons with the Demons.
Bateman spent three years as a line coach with Perth, combining those duties with his work at the Wirrpanda Foundation. He was appointed as a development coach at West Coast ahead of the 2019 season, working with the forward line under assistant coach Jaymie Graham, combining his coaching duties with a role in indigenous welfare.
- ↑ Dale Miller, The West Australian (17 July 2015), "Demon Bateman pulls the pin": https://thewest.com.au/sport/wafl/demon-bateman-pulls-the-pin-ng-ya-125893
- ↑ Marc McGowan, afl.com.au (16 December 2018), "Flag Hawk gets his chance with dual role at Eagles": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-12-15/flag-hawk-gets-his-chance-with-dual-role-at-eagles