Hawthorn Football Club is pleased to announce it has appointed Chris Fagan to the position of General Manager – Football Operations.

With 15 years’ experience in the AFL industry, Fagan has been Hawthorn’s Head of Coaching and Development since 2008, before which he headed up Melbourne Football Club’s Football department as General Manager – Football Operations from 2005-2007.

Fagan began his AFL career in 1998 at Melbourne, where he served as development/reserves coach for two seasons after a distinguished playing and coaching career in Tasmania.

He moved into an assistant coaching role in 2000 and after four years was promoted to GM – Football Operations; a position he held for three seasons.  

Fagan has been acting in the role of GM – Football Operations at Hawthorn for several months after James Fantasia took personal leave and subsequently resigned in July due to ill health.

In making the announcement, Hawthorn CEO Stuart Fox acknowledged Fagans’ service, particularly over the past few months.

“Chris has done an outstanding job stepping up to take on the responsibilities of GM – Football Operations in the interim, while maintaining some duties and tasks in his coaching role,” Fox said.

“His experience has been invaluable to the department, and his work alongside the coaches, players and administration staff has been first-class in what has been a critical time in our season.

“We have always been aware of his remarkable work ethic, quality leadership skills and football intellect and we look forward to Chris leading our Football department as the Club continues to strive for sustained success."

Chris Fagan career overview
Acting GM – Football Operations, June-October 2013, Hawthorn Football Club
Head of Coaching and Development, 2008-current, Hawthorn Football Club
GM – Football Operations, 2005-2007, Melbourne Football Club
Assistant Coach, 2000-2004, Melbourne Football Club
Development/Reserves Coach, 1998-1999, Melbourne Football Club
Head Coach Tassie Mariners and Tasmanian Football Development Foundation State Director of Coaching, 1995-1997
Primary Teacher, 1990-1994, Dominic College, Hobart
Senior Teacher, 1988-1989, Sheffield District High School, Tasmania