Sheens' Prodigies

Recently saw an article where they mentioned how many current NRL coaches have been part of the Melbourne Storm. That got me thinking of this group of players, who have played a large chunk (or some) of their career under Sheens

  • Madge
  • Bellamy
  • Meninga
  • Daley
  • Ricky Stuart
  • John Morris
  • Todd Payten
  • Paul Green (Cowboys)
  • Seiboldt (Raiders)

I’m sure there is a bigger list of assistants etc since he’s coached for so many years but I feel Sheens and his education has helped shape Rugby League in a big way.

Nothing compared to the Wok…

Ryan’s players (or assistants) who became future coaches included:

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Chris Anderson

(337 games for Canterbury 1990-97; Melbourne 1998-2001; Cronulla 2002-03; Sydney Roosters 2007). Two premierships (Canterbury 1995, Melbourne 1999). Also coached Australia 1999-2003 (24 Tests)

Phil Gould

(280 games for Canterbury 1988-89, Penrith 1990-94, Sydney City 1995-99). Two premierships (Canterbury 1988, Penrith 1991). Also coached NSW 1992-96, 2002-04 (24 games)

Michael Hagan

(205 games for Newcastle 2001-06; Parramatta 2007-08). One premiership (Newcastle 2001). Also coached Queensland 2004-05 (6 games)
Steve Folkes

(288 games for Canterbury 1988-98). One premiership (2004)
Shane Flanagan

(185 games for Cronulla 2010-13, 2015-18). One premiership (2016).

Others to become future first grade coaches included:
David Waite, Paul Langmack, Andrew Farrar, Terry Lamb, Michael Potter, Jason Taylor, Wayne Pearce, Stephen Kearney, Tom Raudonikis, Steve Georgallis, Jim Dymock, Bob Lindner, Allan McMahon, Dean Lance, Ivan Henjak

Second generation coaches

(became first grade coaches after playing or assisting under those who were coached by Ryan)

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Chris Anderson
Phil Gould
Steve Folkes
Michael Hagan
Shane Flanagan
Kevin Moore
Royce Simmons
Ricky Stuart
John Morris
Dean Pay
Brad Fittler
Ivan Cleary
John Cartwright
Tony Iro
Terry Lamb
Wayne Pearce
Tom Raudonikis
David Waite
Andrew Farrar
Trent Robinson
Des Hasler
Trent Barrett
Steve Price
Craig Coleman
Nathan Brown
Steve Price
Tony Kemp
Peter Sharp
Allan McMahon
Jason Taylor
Bob Lindner
Dean Lance
Trent Barrett
Tony Kemp

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/the-godfathers-of-coaching-and-how-they-shaped-the-modern-game-20200709-p55adh.html

last edited by Geo

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