Bombers legend Mark Harvey has announced he will be stepping away from a formal coaching role in 2021, as he transitions into the next phase of his career with the Essendon Football Club.
After 23 seasons combined as an assistant coach at Essendon (14 at the Bombers), senior coach at Fremantle and assistant at Brisbane, Harvey will transition out of coaching and move into a role at the Bombers that works across both sides of the football department and administration.
With his extensive experience in the AFL industry, the triple premiership player will be heavily involved in pro scouting and opposition analysis in the football department, while also working with the commercial department to engage and connect with key coterie and corporate stakeholders.
Harvey said the time was right to move into his next phase of his career at Essendon, where he played 206 games with Essendon including flags in 1984, 1985 and 1993.
“After 35 years in both a playing and coaching capacity, the time feels right to step away from the day-to-day football department, and move into a dual role which allows me to meaningfully contribute to the club more broadly,” Harvey said.
“I’m passionate about driving this football club forward. Clearly it’s been a key part of my life and I want to see it achieve the success we’re all after, and while we need to finish this season strongly, I’m really excited for the next phase of our journey into 2021 onwards.”
MARK HARVEY'S FOOTBALL TIMELINE
1984-1997 – Essendon player, including three flags
1998-2005 – Essendon assistant coach
2006-2007 – Fremantle assistant coach
2007-2011 – Fremantle senior coach
2012-2013 – Brisbane assistant coach
2015-2020 – Essendon assistant coach