Denis Pagan

  • Denis Pagan, AFL Speaker

    Denis Pagan has had a celebrated career that has lasted over three decades. Known as a meticulous planner and a leader who inspired men to be the best, the mark that Denis left on football is beyond dispute. Denis coached premierships at Under 19, reserve and senior AFL level. His 344 games is ranked 16th on the all-time most coached in the VFL/AFL.

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About Denis

Denis Pagan has had a celebrated career that has lasted over three decades. Known as a meticulous planner and a leader who inspired men to be the best, the mark that Denis left on football is beyond dispute. Denis coached premierships at Under 19, reserve and senior AFL level. His 344 games is ranked 16th on the all-time most coached in the VFL/AFL.

Following a playing career of 146 games over ten seasons at the elite level (120 with North Melbourne and 26 with South Melbourne), Denis embarked on one of the most celebrated coaching careers. Denis took the coaching reins at North Melbourne in 1993. He quickly transformed the club with a new game plan and by instilling a sense of belief in the players. The moves did wonders for the club, assisting with securing a major sponsorship and instilling confidence in the club. At the end of the season the club played finals for the first time in six seasons and Denis was named AFL Coach of the Year in his inaugural season.

Under the command of Denis, the Kangaroos would become known as the team of the 90s. The club appeared in seven consecutive preliminary finals, three grand finals and premierships in 1996 and 1999. Denis became known as the man with the finals touch and in 2001 he was named, ahead of Ron Barassi, as the club’s coach of the century.

In 2003 Denis moved to the Carlton Football Club and began rebuilding the side. During five years as coach he faced a range of challenges including punitive draft sanctions, financial uncertainty and political instability.

As a person with plenty of experience in the pressure cooker environment that is AFL coaching, Denis speaks on the key principles required for success; leadership, team building, self-belief, overcoming adversity and goal setting. His coaching principles of communication, teaching, people management and leadership will be incredibly valuable to both aspiring coaches and business leaders.

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