Fremantle Dockers sign man behind Canadian Olympic rowing success to coaching staff


Tom Morris has joined Freo. Picture: fremantlefc.com.au
Tom Morris has joined Freo. Picture: fremantlefc.com.au

COULD an international rowing coach be Fremantle’s biggest pick-up of the 2016 off-season?

The Dockers have brought on board Tom Morris, the former Australian and Canadian national rowing coach, who has slipped into the new position of coaching high performance manager.

Reporting directly to football operations manager Chris Bond, his aim will be to ensure senior coach Ross Lyon, his assistants and development coaches are passing on the right information to the playing group.

“We believe that securing a person of Tom’s calibre and expertise at elite level high performance coaching will play an important role in achieving that aim,” Bond said.

“Tom has worked with coaches and sports science staff at a national level in Australia and Canada preparing athletes for Olympic competition, where coaching of the highest standard is paramount in achieving success.

“He will work closely with our coaching team to be high performance coaches in their individual areas.”

Morris was a senior coach of the Canadian national rowing team that won silver at the Rio Olympics and gold at the World Rowing Cup in Switzerland in May.

He previously had stints with the Australian national rowing team, the WA State rowing team, the Australian Institute of Sport and the WA Institute of Sport.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the coaching team at Fremantle and (adding) a positive new dimension to the program with the aim of further developing standards within the coaching group to ensure that both athletes and coaches are fully supported in the pursuit of peak performance,” he said.

Fremantle’s coaching panel

Coaching high performance manager – Tom Morris

Senior coach – Ross Lyon

Midfield – Simon Eastaugh

Forward line – David Hale

Back line – Michael Prior

Midfield – Anthony Rock

Stoppages and training co-ordinator – Mark Stone

Senior development coach – Marc Webb

Development coaches – Brent Guerra and Roger Hayden