The 2020 AFL Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year Award has been awarded to Daniel Giansiracusa for his work at the Western Bulldogs in 2020.
Giansiracusa was set to continue his role as Footscray’s VFL head coach in 2020, leading the team that he took to a finals berth in his first year at the helm in 2019. But with the disruption of the season Giansiracusa’s role shifted and he coached the Western Bulldogs’ match simulation games and worked on opposition analysis.
Giansiracusa has coached at the Western Bulldogs since 2015 when he made the immediate transition into coaching following his retirement. From 2015-2016 he took on the forward line assistant coach role, before moving into the stoppages and set plays portfolio in 2017 and 2018.
For the second year Geelong’s Nigel Lappin finished in second place, with Carlton’s Luke Power third.
2020 AFL COACHES ASSOCIATION ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
1. DANIEL GIANSIRACUSA – WESTERN BULLDOGS
2. NIGEL LAPPIN – GEELONG CATS
3. LUKE POWER – CARLTON BLUES