Denis Pagan


Denis Pagan

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Career coach. It's a term that is often applied loosely, but one that sits comfortably alongside the name Denis Pagan.

Throughout a distinguished coaching career spanning three decades, Denis has forged a reputation as a meticulous planner, an inspirational leader of men and for the relentless pursuit of excellence. Beyond dispute is the indelible mark Denis has left on the game of Australian football. He ranks 16th on the list of most senior VFL/AFL games coached and as a Premiership coach at Under-19, Reserve and Senior AFL level, he is without peer.

Following a successful playing career which spanned 146 games over 10 seasons at the highest level (120 games with North Melbourne and 26 with South Melbourne) and included State representation and a Grand Final appearance, Denis embarked on what was to prove one of the most enduring and successful of coaching journeys.

Appointed senior coach of North Melbourne on the eve of the 1993 season, virtually overnight Denis transformed a club that had seemingly been demoralised by a record defeat in the pre-season competition just days earlier. He introduced a new game plan, taught the players to believe in themselves, installed a then 21-year-old Wayne Carey as captain and was even instrumental in helping the club secure NZI Insurance as a major sponsor. By season's end North Melbourne had returned to the September action for the first time in six seasons, while Denis was duly named 'AFL Coach of the Year' in his inaugural season.

What followed were seven consecutive Preliminary Finals, three Grand Finals appearances and the ultimate success; Premierships in 1996 and 1999. North Melbourne, or the Kangaroos as they came to be known, earned the moniker of 'Team of the Nineties', The Football Record referred to Denis as "the man with the finals touch" and in 2001 he was ed ahead of the legendary Ron Barassi as the club's Coach of the Century. In a decade at the helm, Denis returned a winning percentage of 61 per cent.

Punitive draft sanctions, financial uncertainty and frequent political instability presented Denis with a myriad of challenges during his five-year tenure as Carlton coach. Through it all he remained steadfastly committed to the playing group and supporters, managed to deliver the Blues two pre-season Premierships and departed the club with his integrity and reputation intact.

As one who is able to draw on the full gamut of experiences the pressure-cooker environment of the AFL, Denis speaks with authority on the key ingredients for attaining success, leadership, team building, developing self-belief and confidence, overcoming adversity and goal setting. Likewise, his coaching philosophies - based upon communication, teaching, people management and leadership - will prove invaluable to aspiring coaches and business and community leaders alike.

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