After a decorated playing career in Brisbane with the Bears & Lions that included the 1994 Rising Star Award thanks to Corey McKernan kneeing Jason Ball in the head, a Best & Fairest in 1998, plus the first two premierships of the Lions’ threepeat from 2001-03, Chris Scott, identical twin to the less fortunate coach of North Melbourne Brad Scott, replaced Mark Thompson as coach of Geelong in 2011, and with their core playing group still largely intact despite the loss of Gary Ablett Jnr, the Cats won Scotty’s first 13 games in charge of the club, in the best start to a coaching career anyone had seen since the Great Depression.
To think that Chris was also a candidate to replace Mark Williams at Port Adelaide in 2011, but Port decided to elevate caretaker Matthew Primus instead, a decision that worked out perfectly for everyone except Port.
Eventually, despite the dominance of Collingwood, Scotty’s Cats handed the Pies their only 3 defeats of the season, and the boys from Sleepy Hollow triumphantly won their third premiership in five seasons on the first Saturday in October, with Chris becoming the first and only coach of the 21st Century to win a premiership as a first year coach, and looking at that photo of Chris with the cup, you’d swear he was still playing for Brisbane.
Of course, tomorrow night against the Lions, Chris becomes the third Geelong coach to reach 250 games, joining the legend Reg Hickey on 304, plus Bomber Thompson on 260 games, and in the decade since he took over, Scotty has coached Geelong to more wins than any other club in the league, winning a lazy 172 games (With 2 draws) out of 249, a winning percentage of 69.48%, the best of any coach in league history to coach more than 100 games, let alone 200.
But, despite his team’s routine run to the finals, some Cats fans, fairly or unfairly, crack the shits at Scott for the fact they haven’t tasted glory since 2011, winning just 6 out of 19 finals since then, losing 4 Prelim Finals, a Semi Final to Brad Scott’s North Melbourne, and the 2020 Grand Final to
Richmond Dustin Martin, but instead of success, Scotty has given the folk of Sleepy Hollow something even better.
He’s given them, and us, some of the greatest coaches box reactions ever caught on camera.
Like last week, when Gary Rohan kicked that goal after the siren – Scotty may have had a facemask on, but you could tell exactly what he was saying.
The immortal ‘Shocked’ face after Geelong gave away a free kick in 2013, as Scotty randomly turned into one of those circus clowns that get balls thrown at their mouths:
It wouldn’t be the last time that happened.
Disbelieving what he’d seen after Lachie Henderson was called for a block on Todd Marshall
Preparing to spear Matthew Knights through the head with the team board after Josh Hunt gave away an arm chop free to Luke Breust
Clapping intently after a goal
Almost smacking his head on the roof of the MCG Coaches box after Tom Hawkins sank Hawthorn after the siren
Using his hands like an angry Italian as the Cats lost to Carlton
The classic “What?”
His disregard for the Kardinia Park coaches box phone
The classic slapping of the desk and knocking over the water bottle
When something didn’t go right on Easter Monday 2018
Something that happened in the 2013 Semi Final against Port that left Scotty nigh-on paralysed by disagreement
Another classic case of “WHAT!”
And when he went down to the huddle against Brisbane earlier this year, only to have an animated chat to a few Lions players before going to talk to the group he was actually paid to talk to
Chris, for your services to the Geelong Football Club, the AFL, and by and large to comedy itself, I say CONGRATULATIONS, and a big well done on making it to 250 games in that pressure cooker.
May you give us thousands more reactions in the years to come.