2017 Coaching News
Quinton Gleeson Steps Down as Senior Coach
Upon relegation from the Premier Division in 2013, the senior playing group were addressed by two former player of the Club, one of which was Quinton Gleeson. The message was they would do everything to get Uni Blues back to where it belonged.
Since that address and in his 3 years as Senior Coach, Quinton has been true to his word. The journey has taken in a bounce back premiership in Premier B in 2014 and more recently consecutive Preliminary Final appearances in Premier Division.
When he commenced the coaching journey in 2014, he was newly married and living the young couple life with his wife, Cas. Now they have two young children and its time to step back a little, recharge and invest in the family. The Blues are grateful for the role that Cas has also played in recent years.
Quinton is a legend of Blues, playing in excess of 170 games and Club captain from 2003 to 2007. In 2004, he was the Premier Section Premiership Captain at Blues and also won the Woodrow Medal for the Best and Fairest in VAFA Premier Grade. He also represented the Big V on numerous occasions.
Quinton will continue to be involved in the Club and, as usual, he will be extremely energetic and enthusiastic in his efforts to keep Blues in the upper echelon of the VAFA.
All at Blues offer their thanks for Quinton’s efforts and passion for the Club.
James Walker Appointed Senior Coach
James is no stranger to the Blues and to Melbourne University. He originally came to the University from the Ballarat region in 1997 where he was a resident at Trinity College. In that year he was drafted by the Fremantle Dockers where he played over 150 games for Fremantle over 10 seasons. After his AFL career; James returned to Victoria, completed his studies and has become a highly respected member of Melbourne’s utility sector.
In a football sense he joined Old Xaverians as their midfield coach in 2013; culminating in a significant role in their 2013 premiership. We were lucky to entice James to Blues as the Senior Assistant coach in 2014 and 2015 and he impressed all at Blues with his innovative and principled views on football and coaching in general.
In 2016 James stepped back from the role to concentrate on the completion of his MBA, however, he was a regular around the Club and has used the “spare” time to formalise his views on guiding the Club into the future.
James not only has a great deal of football experience, he is an excellent communicator and gets his message across in a manner which is concise and easily understood.
The Club is excited by his views on how we can contribute to the lives of our young players so that their University years can be considered as some of the most valuable of their life. We also welcome James wife, Nicole formally to the Club and we can’t wait for the coming season.
Remaining Appointments and Reserves Appointment
The formalisation of the remainder of our coaching panel remains ongoing and the Club looks forward to announcing supporting coaches with the vision and passion that James will bring to the role.
We are however pleased to announce James will be supported by 2016 Reserves Premiership Coach, Jason Bek who will continue in the role for 2017. Jason led the mighty Blues Two’s to a well-deserved Premiership in his first year at the Club and in his first year of involvement with the VAFA. Throughout this time Jason demonstrated a passionate view to coaching and great care for his players and we look forward to his contribution during the year.