John Longmire

Date of Birth: 31/12/1970

Club (as player): North Melbourne
Club (as Coach): Sydney

Games (Goals): 200 (511)


  • Sydney Premiership Coach 2012
  • North Melbourne Premiership Player 1999
  • Coleman Medal 1990
  • Syd Barker Medal 1990
  • All Australian 1990
  • North Melbourne Leading Goal Kicker 1990 – 94

John Longmire has quickly built an ultra impressive record as Senior Coach at the Sydney Swans.

Commencing his coaching career with the Swans in 2002 as a rucks/forward coach, John moved his way up through the coaching ranks continuing as an assistant until 2007 before being appointed as coaching coordinator. John held this role until 2011 when he was appointed as Senior Coach.

John has reached the AFL Finals in each year he has been Senior Coach making a Semi Final in 2011, AFL Premiership in 2012, a Preliminary Finals berth in 2013, before being beaten in the 2014 AFL Grand Final. This success reflects the culture John has helped build over a number of years which demands a high level of expectation and intensity from his playing group.

Before becoming a coach, John was a very successful player for North Melbourne. He burst on the VFL/AFL scene as a schoolboy winning a Coleman Medal, Syd Barker Medal, and All Australian Award all in the one year. He was also the leading goal kicker for North Melbourne on a number of occasions. Whilst John enjoyed great success throughout his playing career culminating in an AFL Premiership in his final game, he also endured many tough times including two knee reconstructions. One of which kept him out of the 1996 AFL Grand Final where North Melbourne beat the Swans.

Immediately following his retirement from playing, John was briefly a player manager for global giant IMG for two years before heading back into the AFL Club environment.