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Episode 111 - Matthew Elliott

December 9, 2018

 

My special guest is Matthew Elliott. Matt is a former professional rugby league coach and player. His playing career included 62 games for St George Dragons, while his coaching career included 404 games across Bradford, Canberra, Penrith and New Zealand and he is the youngest to coach a grand final win in the English Super League.

 

 

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TIME STAMPS & TOPICS

 

3:10 – Welcome Matt Elliott

3:19 – Thursday Island & his Father

6:00 – Growing up in Townsville and finding footy

7:36 – Coming through the ranks in Cricket with Ian Healy

9:11 – Learning from different sports

11:00 – Getting Mark Taylor out

11:33 – Finding his way to St George

13:00 – Moving to France

16:50 – Culture set by Brian Johnston & Michael Beattie

17:55 – First impression of Brian Smith

19:00 – The size of today’s players & evolution of the game

21:30 – End of his playing career

22:56 – Coaching under Brian Smith

24:46 – Being a good assistant coach

26:25 – The near Dragons & Roosters merger

28:00 – Moving to Bradford

29:56 – Winning over a playing group at only 32 years old

31:28 – Henry & Robbie Paul

32:57 – Man management vs Tactics

33:40 – Mal Meninga & personal development

37:15 – Assistant coach vs head coach

38:15 – Building a relationship with your CEO

40:43 – Recruitment and the role of the coach

41:22 – Importance of delegation

42:30 – Most rewarding times in Canberra

43:40 – Investing in juniors

45:45 – Coaching mindset & dealing with stress

47:40 – Would he coach again?

49:32 – Choosing a leader & a leadership group

53:53 – Leaders he admires outside of footy

55:00 – Innovation & Meditation

57:30 – Physical, Mental & Emotional intent

1:00:00 – The coach whisperer

 

 

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