Stuart Dew appointed as new Gold Coast SUNS coach

UPDATE @ 11.00am: It’s official – Stuart Dew has been appointed as the senior coach of the Gold Coast SUNS for the next three years.

The club made the major announcement at a news conference at their home ground in Carrara at 11.00am today.

Dew, who has been a development and assistant coach at the Sydney Swans for the last eight seasons, said he was looking forward to the opportunity of coaching in his own right.


“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and look forward to moving to the Gold Coast with my family and getting stuck into the challenge ahead,” Dew said.

“I would like to acknowledge the Sydney Swan’s for the development and experience they have given to me to help me secure this position.”

SUNS Chairman Tony Cochrane welcomed Stuart to the Gold Coast.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have signed Stuart Dew as our senior coach,” Cochrane said.

“Our Chief Executive, Mark Evans, ran a very thorough process to identify and secure the best person to take us forward.

“Stuart boasts the qualities required to be a successful coach and I am confident our team will grow with Stuart over the coming years.”

Sydney Swans coach John Longmire released a statement following Dew’s appointment, thanking him for his service to the club.

“Stuart has been a tremendous asset to our football club and I’m thrilled to see him take the next step in his coaching career, I know he will embrace the challenge with the same enthusiasm he has brought to our club every day,” Longmire said.

“Over the journey, he’s established trusted relationships with players and staff right across the club.

“We would like to thank Stuart for his contribution to our team and we wish him, Sarah, Frankie and Jack all the very best for the future.”

Dew retired at the end of the 2009 season after being drafted to Port Adelaide in the 1996 National Draft. He played a total of 206 AFL games, 180 for Port Adelaide before spending his final two seasons at Hawthorn. He won a premiership with Port Adelaide in 2004 and another with Hawthorn in 2008.

EARLIER @ 7.15am: Speculation is rife that Sydney Swans assistant Stuart Dew is set to be announced as the Gold Coast SUNS new coach.

The club confirmed they would be making a “major announcement” at a news conference at their training ground in Carrara at 11.00am today.

Both Fairfax and Newscorp report Dew as the chosen man.

The 38-year-old played 180 games for Port Adelaide before retiring in 2006. Two years later he launched back into his playing career at Hawthorn before again retiring in 2009.

Dew’s appointment comes following the sacking of former SUNS coach Rodney Eade in August.