AFL coach, elite athlete, media personality, motivational speaker, guest speaker, entrepreneur and successful businessman, Stan Alves is one of those rare individuals whose multifaceted ability has taken him from the sporting arena, into that of business management and back to sport.
Combining the skills gained over 30 years in the AFL as both player and coach with his extensive experiences in the areas of business management, development and communication and his ability to deal with personal tragedy and adversity, this truly gifted leader, motivator and communicator is dedicated to passing on his knowledge and experiences to others for them to be successful in their chosen fields of business, education, sport and more importantly, life.
Stan played 283 games with Melbourne and North Melbourne and has been awarded AFL life membership.
He captained Melbourne 1973 to 1976, won the club Best & Fairest twice, is a hall of fame inductee, and was runner up in the Brownlow Medal. Moving to North Melbourne in 1977 brought him premiership glory.
In 1994 he was appointed coach of St Kilda. The previous season they had finished 12th out of 15 sides and it was felt that apart from five very good players, they were not up to the required standard.
At the end of 1998, when Stan left St Kilda, he had taken them to two final series, won the pre-season premiership (the Saints first of any kind for 30 years) got them to their first grand final appearance in 26 years and helped the club gain respect.
For his own part Stan became St Kilda’s second longest serving coach and was rewarded with 1997 coach of the All Australian team and 1997 AFL coach of the year.
In 2008 he was awarded an OAM for service to Australian Rules Football as player , coach and commentator, and to the community as a supporter of charitable organisations.
On the personal side of life, Stan can talk about a battle with depression and the grief of losing a teenage son to an accident.
A truly gifted coach, motivator and communicator, he is dedicated to passing on his knowledge and experiences to others for them to be successful in their chosen fields of business , sport, education and more importantly, life.
Stan travels from Melbourne.