Geelong assistant coach Nigel Lappin at training.

Playing Career
Brisbane: 279 games, 174 goals

Coaching Career
Geelong: Assistant coach since 2009.


Nigel stepped straight from the field to the coaching box in 2009, and his first taste of coaching resulted in another premiership. 

Lappin was also instrumental in the 2011 premiership as midfield coach. He continued as an assistant coach before moving into a development coaching role in 2013. He returned to the AFL program for the 2015 season working with the Cats midfield group.

Lappin was named as an assistant coach with the Cats in October 2008 just weeks after finishing a brilliant playing career, and has added two flags as an assistant coach to the three he won as a player.


Lappin made his name as one of the AFL's elite midfielders while helping the Brisbane Lions turn into a powerhouse.

Lappin was co-captain of the Lions and won the club's best & fairest in 2004, helping Brisbane past the Cats in the preliminary final that year. He also finished in the top three of Lions voting in 1997, 2000 and 2001 and is a four time All Australian (2001-2004).

Nigel was a catalyst to the Lions hat-trick of premierships (2001-2003), famously showing his courage by playing in the 2003 decider with broken ribs.

Over a career that spanned 15 seasons, Lappin played 279 games, gathered 5,911 possessions and kicked 174 goals.