David Teague may appear a new-age coach, but his coaching journey began in a very old-fashioned way. Unable to break into the Carlton lineup in 2007 – only three years after being named the Blues’ best and fairest – Teague was delisted, but remained affiliated with the club. At just 27, he was given the role of playing coach with the Blues’ VFL alignment partner Northern Bullants. The playing coach has gone the way of the dodo in professional football, so in one respect Teague was the last of the Mohicans.
He only spent a year as a playing coach before graduating to an exclusively coaching position for 2009. He led the Bullants into back-to-back grand finals in 2009 and 2010. Teague left Victoria at the end of 2010, taking up a position on West Coast’s coaching staff underneath John Worsfold and alongside Phil Walsh. Teague spent a year at St Kilda in 2014 before reuniting with Walsh at Adelaide in 2015, the year Walsh was tragically killed. Teague remained at the Crows until the end of 2017 before returning to the Blues to oversee the club’s ball movement in 2018.
Thursday’s media conference allowed Teague a few moments to reflect.
“I still remember the drills that I did when I started coaching,” he said.