Short Q&A with new Sandringham Coach Brett Lovett

After a few years away from coaching how have you found it since the announcement was made that you would coach Sandringham in 2011?

After two years away from coaching at this level the batteries are charged ready to go. To get an opportunity to coach Sandringham Football Club, a club with a history of being successful has given me a great feeling of excitement and hope a premiership is just around the corner. In the short time I’ve been here I can see and feel why this club is held in such high regard by rival clubs and all those who have been part of it over the years. The supportive family type environment shows to me why this club has had so much success.

You were at a stand alone club in Frankston, is it a positive coming to an aligned environment?

I’m primed ready for a new challenge in developing what I think is a very talented group of young Sandy players and linking in with the St Kilda alignment on match days. I will be working towards my main goals of earning the respect of the players, building trust within the alignment and developing a core group of Sandy players as the backbone to our next assault at a premiership. The players will now be held far more accountable for their actions as it’s not acceptable not to be playing finials footy with the support given to them by this club.

Sandringham has lots of young players, you were known at Frankston to play a big part in developing young guys, is this something you enjoy and how do you see this group shaping up?

My first coaching role was at Wonthaggi as a playing coach where I was able to play footy with my younger brother and some mates I grew up with. In that 3 years I soon realised how much enjoyment I got out of seeing young players develop as footballers and as young men. From there I had a year off which give me time to sit down and document a base game plan I wanted to play and the things that worked and didn’t work when getting a group of people working together. I was also able to come up with a list of values that I would coach into young players as part of their football and life development.  I then went on to coach Frankston using the above model tinkering with bits along the way. We were able to build a very competitive footy team over a 6 year period even though we were a stand alone club with not a lot of AFL experience. The majority of our list was made up of local players from the Stingrays and surrounding clubs. It was extremely challenging but very satisfying at the same time to see the boys not only compete but win finals against full time footballers.

The past 2 seasons I have coached Frankston YCW at junior level where my son plays. I have continued to learn heaps about managing teams and getting the best out the individuals within it.

What can we expect from Brett Lovett?

Its head down, bums up and getting the boys fitter, stronger and more together as a group up until Christmas.


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