Playing career
Geelong: 90 games, 11 goals

Coaching career
Geelong: Assistant coach (forwards). Previously assistant coach 2010-2015 and VFL assistant coach 2008-09.


James Rahilly stepped into a full time role with the Cats coaching group in 2010 after working in 2008-09 on a part time basis.

He has established himself as a key member of the coaching group, with his knowledge of the game and forthright views a critical element of the Cats successful coaching mix. He was a key member of the coaching group that masterminded the 2011 premiership win.

Rahilly’s previous two seasons saw him working as a specialist coach with the playing group and as an assistant coach with the Cats VFL unit.

Rahilly filled both roles successfully in 2008 and 2009, working mainly with the club’s young players.

He served as an additional set of eyes for the coaching staff throughout the 2009 AFL finals campaign from a behind the goals vantage point.


Rahilly spent his entire AFL career with the Cats, kicking 11 goals in 90 league games between 1998-2005.

Drafted from the Geelong Falcons, Rahilly debuted in round six, 1998 against Hawthorn. He helped the Cats reach the finals three times in his eight seasons at Skilled Stadium (2000, 2004, 2005) and was a key member of the club’s VFL premiership win in 2002. Rahilly won the Norm Goss medal as best on ground in the VFL decider against Port Melbourne.

Rahilly was named as Geelong’s best first year player in 1998 and best clubman in 2002.