Nathan Burke

Retired AFL Player / Media / Commentary

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Based in Melbourne

Resilience / Teamwork / Leadership

Through Nathan’s 30 years in the elite world of AFL football, including 18 years as a professional player (5 years as Captain), 2 years as a Coach and 7 years as a Director of the St Kilda Football Club, he has gained great insight into how to extract great performance from individuals and teams.

Since leaving St Kilda he has been applying his expertise in human performance in the fields of education, business and sport.

Initially, Nathan began his career as a primary school teacher until the rigours and demands of AFL football took over. Throughout his career, he maintained touch with the workforce and managed his own retail outlet in the highly competitive sporting goods market.

Since retiring he has been an AFL Assistant Coach, Senior Consultant at leading Management Consultancy, Mettle Group and recently Chief Operating Officer and People and Cultural Manager at Call Active Pty Ltd.

In 2014 Nathan founded his own consultancy organisation specialising in the fields of personal development, leadership, culture and resilience.

Recently Nathan has focused on the world of high performance and how the lessons learnt as St Kilda and Victorian State of Origin Captain can be transferred to both sporting and non-sporting clients.

Nathan’s work builds heavily on the concepts of personal responsibility, ownership and making the most of your talents; whilst focusing on practical actions that can be employed immediately.

Nathan strives to leave a lasting impression on his clients by connecting through relevant stories of his time as an elite athlete, teacher, business owner and executive.

In 2019 Nathan was appointed head Coach of the Vic Metro U/18 women's team and is now the Head Coach of the Western Bulldogs AFLW team as well as a member of the ABC Grand Stand Commentary Team.

Nathan has a Diploma of Teaching and Diploma of Business, but most importantly is married to Fiona and has three beautiful daughters, Ruby, Molly and Alice.

SPORTING CAREER

  • 323 AFL games, 1987-2003
  • 4 x All Australian
  • 3 x Best and Fairest
  • 2 x Runner up Best and Fairest
  • 3 x 3rd Best and Fairest
  • U/19 Best and Fairest
  • Captain St Kilda FC & Victoria State of Origin
  • 11 x Victoria State of Origin
  • 2 x International Rules Aust’ v Ireland
  • All Australian Vice Captain
  • St Kilda Team of the Century

EDUCATION

  • Diploma of Teaching
  • Diploma of Business

AFL

  • Assistant Coach St Kilda F.C 2004-05
  • Director of St Kilda F.C 7 years
  • Member AFL Match Review Panel 2015-17
  • VFLW Senior Assistant Coach – Southern Saints
  • Head Coach Western Bulldogs AFLW 2020
  • Head Coach Vic Metro U/18 girls 2019
  • St Kilda FC Hall of Fame member
  • AFL Life Member & St Kilda Life Member
  • St Kilda Hall of Fame Legend 2019
  • Herald Sun Player of the Year
  • The Age Player of the Year
  • Channel 7 Sportsworld Player of the Year
  • Runner Up Brownlow Medal 1996
  • Australian Sports Medal 2000
  • Monash University Sports Hall of Fame

MEDIA

  • Inside Football Magazine Columnist
  • ABC Grandstand Radio Expert Comments
  • ABC Sunday Huddle co-host
  • Fox Sports News – Bill and Boz
  • The New Daily - columnist
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