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Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse Western Bulldogs 2009
Personal Information
Full name Michael Malthouse
Date of Birth 17 August 1953
Place of Birth Ballarat, Victoria
Original Team North Ballarat
Position(s) Defender
Playing Career
Years Club Games
1972-1976 St. Kilda 53
1976-1983 Richmond 121
Coaching Career
Years Club Games
1984-1989 Footscray 137
1990-1999 West Coast 243
2000-2004 Collingwood 108
2005-2010 Western Bulldogs 145

Michael "Mick" Malthouse (born 17 August 1953) is a professional Australian Rules Football player and coach who spent the majority of his career in the Australian Football League either playing or coaching. Although he is a Richmond premiership player, he is more well known for his vast, two and a half decade long coaching career.

Originally signed to Footscray (later known as the Western Bulldogs), he eventually found success in coaching with the West Coast Eagles who he would coach throughout the 1990's. Appearing in all finals during the decade, he would coach the team to 2 premierships (1992 and 1994) and a runner up spot in the 1991 Grand Final.

Following his leaving of West Coast in 1999, he was recruited by Eddie Maguire, the Collingwood president, to coach the club for 4 seasons. This period of his career was marred by conflicts with players and officials, as the club fell down the ladder. He left at the end of the 2004 season due to the fact that the club would not resign him.

However, in October of the same year, he would find solace with the Western Bulldogs. The Bulldogs signed Malthouse, giving him an opportunity to coach again after the previous coach, Terry Wallace left around the same time he did. Mick had an almost immediate impact on the club, lifting it to 7th spot in 2005, followed by a premiership in 2006. A slump occurred in 2007 with the team falling to 8th before returning to the Grand Final of 2008, losing to Richmond. However, two consecutive premierships in 2009 and 2010, his final year as coach, would end his career on a high note, and putting his record as Western Bulldogs coach on par with his predecessor, Terry Wallace.

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