After taking the seniors to the 2018 prelim final in his first year with the club, Brendan Allen is back in charge in 2019 with a new look coaching squad. Luc Matthews moves up to coach the Development team, last year’s U19 coach Brendan Fulton comes up as the senior assistant midfield coach, and Dave Bartlett continues in his role as the senior assistant defensive coach.
BFC SENIOR COACHES
SENIOR HEAD COACH
Following a distinguished football career in the Country, Amatuers and Southern League, Brendan commenced his coaching career in the Southern League with Murumbeena and Canterbury Football Clubs. For 6 years Brendan was involved at VFL level with the AFL aligned Sandringham, where he was the Senior Assistant Coach and midfield coach for the past 4 years.
Brendan lives in Kew, is married to Naomi, and has 4 children. During the week, Brendan runs his own construction business, Maverick Constructions.
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HEAD DEVELOPMENT COACH
Luc played his junior football at Vermont, moving into the seniors winning 2 u18’s premierships and 3 reserves premierships including 15+ senior games. Moved to the BFC in 2000, played in the 2002 div2 premiership and played over 150 games. Was given the vice captaincy of BFC for 3 years and was honoured to captain the club for 3 years along side my great mate Chris Wilson. Played 2 seasons as playing assistant coach at Upwey football club winning the senior premiership in my first year.
Luc is a single father to a very energetic 8 year old girl, and is a bricklayer during the week.
The seniors Forwards Coach will be named very soon.
Dave’s playing days cover juniors with the Glen Waverley Hawks, representing the VIC Metro side, and playing U19s with South Melbourne/Sydney Swans. He then went on to play AFL Reserve grade footy with the Sydney Swans and Richmond.
For the past 6 years, Dave has been heavily involved with the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup. During this time Dave has coached and developed lasting relationships with a number of current young AFL stars including Tom Liberatore, Mitch Wallis and Brandon Ellis. In 2016 Dave did some development work with the Western Bulldogs under Luke Beveridge. Dave is currently involved with the AFL Women’s State Academy as an assistant coach.
Dave is a detective with Victoria Police with 30 years experience. Currently involved with major crime investigations. He is a single father with 2 adult kids. In the off season Dave loves to get away to Bali where he has a villa and enjoys the warm weather, relaxation and experiencing the different culture.
After playing over 150 senior games in the Southern & Amateur Leagues (and retiring prematurely after multiple knee injuries), Brendan spent 2 years at Chelsea Heights as their senior assistant and development coach. In 2017 he came to the Burners and took up the role of the U19’s coach, taking the boys to the grand final in 2017 and 2018.
In 2019 Brendan is moving up into the senior coaching ranks with line responsibility for the midfield. During the week Brendan works with Subaru Australia as the After Sales Manager.
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KEN “FIREY” EDWARDS
Ken “Firey” Edwards played over 100 games of footy with St. Marys FC in Glen Iris in the A grade churches comp. Soon after retiring, “Firey” started his trainer career with the Hawks (21 years) and went on to become their assistant head trainer, with a highlight being picked to go to Ireland in 2000 with the AFL side. “Firey” then spent 8 years at Mitcham as head trainer, before being poached by Garry Connolly to cross over to Blackburn as head trainer in 2010.
Firey worked for the MFB for over 40 years, and was given his nickname by the infamous Hawthorn head trainer, Bobby Yeomans, over 35 years ago. Married for over 40 years to Susan, “Firey” is the proud father of 2 and grandfather of 2.
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DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT COACH
The seniors Development Assistant Coach will be named very soon.