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Brown aboard as new coach
Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Sat 8 Aug 2020, 11:59 AM

Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George has today confirmed the vastly-experienced Nathan Brown as the club’s new head coach.

The 47-year-old former St George Illawarra and Newcastle coach has been secured on a three-year deal to the end of the 2023 NRL season.

“We couldn’t be more delighted to have Nathan as our new head coach,” said George.

“He has had an extensive involvement in the game as both a first-grade player and then as a coach in the NRL and the Super League.

“He already has a relationship with our players, football staff and our club after being with us as a coaching consultant working with our hookers this season.

“Nathan’s a terrific person who brings tremendous qualities to the role in every sense.”

Brown has a career total of almost 450 matches coaching NRL clubs St George Illawarra and Newcastle as well as Huddersfield and St Helens in the English Super League. As a hooker, he made 172 first-grade appearances for St George and St George Illawarra before becoming an NRL coach at the age of 29.

“I’m a career coach. I just love coaching and this job with the Vodafone Warriors is a fantastic opportunity,” he said.

“I spent time in Auckland during the preseason and was really impressed with the whole set-up, the players and the staff throughout the organisation.

“The Vodafone Warriors are hugely important to the competition. We’ve seen that this year with the sacrifices they’ve made to keep the NRL going. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

During his playing career, Brown played in three grand finals in 1993, 1996 and 1999.

After coaching St George Illawarra for six seasons, he spent six seasons in the Super League where he took the Huddersfield Giants to the Challenge

Cup final and guided St Helens to grand final success over Wigan in 2014.

NATHAN BROWN
Born: July 31, 1973
Birthplace: Maclean, New South Wales
Coaching Career:
Club:
St George Illawarra Dragons coach 2003-2008


 

eudebrito

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May 21, 2013
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oh no, i do believe it. I have had nightmares about him standing on high, telling the team how to play and watching reruns of 'The Bus Driver 2.0'
I have never felt so poorly about a coach recruitment as i do this time around. God I hope I am wrong

Why do you think he’s so bad though? His knights just didn’t have the players, until last year at least, and as we saw on the weekend, are they really that different with a new coach?

St George was a long time ago and super league is a variable barometer

I’m not that excited for Brown, but bit hard to say he will be a dud
 

gREVUS

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May 8, 2012
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Why do you think he’s so bad though? His knights just didn’t have the players, until last year at least, and as we saw on the weekend, are they really that different with a new coach?

St George was a long time ago and super league is a variable barometer

I’m not that excited for Brown, but bit hard to say he will be a dud
You could say the same about the warriors players, on paper the knights are significantly better than them. But a good coach finds a way. On the back of SK having another coach who has just won 2 wooden spoons take over the role, leaves me feeling depressed. Look i dont hate the guy, But as coach his responsibility was to get his team up to play no matter what. SK failed at that here. As such he got the boot. So what do they do they replace him with someone who failed with the very same problem at a different club.

Like i said earlier, I want to be proved wrong. I really do, but even with the way the team is tracking atm, i am pessimistic about next year,.

The Hiku situation provides the best example of what may go wrong in future. As an individual, hes not the full package, but combined with a half decent winger he turns into a mega transformer and so does his winger. So its just as well its not a game for individuals, but instead a team game. A half arsed coach would look at stats and say on stats he shouldnt be there, too much downside. A top coach considers how someone like Hiku affects the team as a whole and says something different perhaps. The comment about him not talking to anyone at the warriors is telling in my mind, its like he already has his mind made up and knows what he will do, not allowing for the dynamic changes that have happened or are happening atm.
 

ja_weez

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Apr 3, 2018
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I hear Brown on the Triple M show before the Warriors game that he was going home to watch the game by himself and would miss the first 10 minutes. He also said he hasn't been calling anybody about the team. (Don't believe that)

Some of the things Brown says on Triple M lead me to believe he will be a good coach for the warriors. He comes across as pretty humble, always talks about continuously needing to develop as a coach, being the right coach at the right time for a club and the importance of having a good coaching team around you that cover your weaknesses.

In reality you can say whatever you like in the media and how you actually act could be completely different but at the moment thats all we really have to judge him on. His record so varied based on situation.
 

Worried2Death

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Mar 6, 2016
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I'd like to know what Iro has or hasn't done wrong before I condemn him to be fired into the sun, we might be overreacting to a video clip of two guys who spend all day with each other and appear to be a successful coaching unit. Are we even certain that our miracle form turnaround isnt because Tones bet Kodi 50 bucks he wouldn't run?

I suspect Tony Iro will be here long after the next coach is shown the door. He's like the Warrior's doorman, he shows you around when you arrive and after that you never really notice him, he's just always been there.
 
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Worried2Death

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Mar 6, 2016
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If you can't read the body language between Peyten and Iro then you really have no idea.

It is blatantly obvious they can't stand each other.

Iro is the common denominator of all that stinks at the club
It's the same body language I have with my ex wife, until my wife leaves the room. I don't read too much into it, they could be best mates for all we know.
 

Bushman

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Aug 12, 2016
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If you can't read the body language between Peyten and Iro then you really have no idea.

It is blatantly obvious they can't stand each other.

Iro is the common denominator of all that stinks at the club
Kearney was pretty conservative, you reckon he was listening to Iro over Payten, supposedly pretty close?
Iro done alright with the cookies, but who knows what he brings, reckon Todd told Nathan, Iro has to go, or perhaps he pinched his last potato chip?
 

#robbiemears

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Sep 1, 2015
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I'd like to know what Iro has or hasn't done wrong before I condemn him to be fired into the sun, we might be overreacting to a video clip of two guys who spend all day with each other and appear to be a successful coaching unit. Are we even certain that our miracle form turnaround isnt because Tones bet Kodi 50 bucks he wouldn't run?

I suspect Tony Iro will be here long after the next coach is shown the door. He's like the Warrior's doorman, he shows you around when you arrive and after that you never really notice him, he's just always been there.

For what it's worth, I asked one of my contacts at the club recently about Tony Iro as I also believed that he was a poisoned chalice but apparently the rub is that Iro knows his stuff, is a good presenter and a good man. So there you go! Hence why he's survived so many regime changes at the Warriors.
 

Worried2Death

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Mar 6, 2016
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For what it's worth, I asked one of my contacts at the club recently about Tony Iro as I also believed that he was a poisoned chalice but apparently the rub is that Iro knows his stuff, is a good presenter and a good man. So there you go! Hence why he's survived so many regime changes at the Warriors.
Not surprised at all, I've never heard a bad word about him apart from speculation.
 

Falcon

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May 29, 2012
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For what it's worth, I asked one of my contacts at the club recently about Tony Iro as I also believed that he was a poisoned chalice but apparently the rub is that Iro knows his stuff, is a good presenter and a good man. So there you go! Hence why he's survived so many regime changes at the Warriors.

Was waiting for you to bag him ...Robbie Smears
 

Off The Bench

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Jan 26, 2014
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If you can't read the body language between Peyten and Iro then you really have no idea.

It is blatantly obvious they can't stand each other.

Iro is the common denominator of all that stinks at the club
Iro has been involved in coaching an recruitment at the club .

My read on it is managment would have got him to sound out Payton
For the job .
To see if he was interested .
It's standard practice in companies .That meeting with a manager who
Asks You how you would feel about taking on a position .
We have to go through a application process but we would like you to
Apply ..sort of convo
Then he's been offered the job an well we know the rest .

It's fair to say Iro is pissed at him .They are professional they don't have to be mates .An yeah as soon as this seasons over .My thoughts are
Piss off Payton don't want to be part of our team . .Fine .who are you again
 

Miket12

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Apr 20, 2012
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Rugby league: Meet the new Warriors coach Nathan Brown - Surfer, painter, four kids, tough coach

Coaching was in the blood for Nathan Brown.

The 47-year-old, who takes over at the Warriors next season, is the son of a notoriously tough New South Wales bush footballer who was a very successful coach at two small town clubs.
Brown says that through this, he was always interested in becoming a coach.

And an NRL first grade coach he became, at lightening speed, after the St George Illawarra hooker's 172-game career was ended by a neck injury at just 27. By 29, he was in charge of a Dragons side stacked with his former teammates.

After a one-club playing career, Brown and his wife Tanya have come to treasure life on the coaching road.

His coaching journey has involved a 150-game run at the Dragons, stints with English clubs Huddersfield - the birthplace of rugby league - and St Helens where he won a title, a rocky few years back in the NRL with the underpowered Newcastle Knights, and now the Warriors.

Brown has already had a taste of life with the Warriors, working as a specialist assistant under former coach Stephen Kearney.

Turning the Warriors into a permanent NRL force is a task which as proved beyond every one of their many coaches so far. And Brown faces an extra hurdle, with the club unsure if it will be based in Auckland or Brisbane next year because of Covid-19.

Nathan Brown chats to the Herald from Sydney.

You've got plenty of time to school up on the current Warriors…

In this occupation you always make time but not working with a club fulltime at the moment does make it easier to get my head around things. The most difficult thing is dealing with Covid, not knowing if the borders will be open, and if we can travel between New Zealand and Australia.

The Warriors have become a reliable and winning outfit under Todd Payten…is it changing your view of next year?

Not really. I always felt Steve Kearney had in place a group of blokes who were keen, and willing to listen and work. That's to Steve's credit. The staff and this playing group have certainly done some good things.

And (wing) Adam Pompey is a positive example of what can happen when a player gets given a chance. He's starting to reward his coaches, not only through scoring tries but with other parts of his game developing.

Will you come to Auckland with your family?

Yes…we've got four children and a dog now as well.

We've got daughters aged 17, 15 and 12, and a son aged nine. We've done plenty of travelling and it can be disruptive in some ways for the kids. But you get great life experience and new friendships, things you would never get living in the same town, the same street, the same house.

We're looking forward to moving to Auckland if we can - it is a beautiful city. The travel is something we really enjoy.

You started first grade coaching so young…

Yes, and that can be a disadvantage. But it also means I've experienced a lot of different things already at the age of 47, so I see it as a bit of a bonus. I feel I'm coming into the best years of my coaching.

Current staff such as defence coach Justin Morgan seem to be doing a great job under Todd Payten…are you looking at making big staff changes?

Some coaches like to come in and get rid of everyone, bring in their own people, but I think you've got to be mindful of people who are already doing a good job. If people are doing good work and achieving stuff, I don't see the point of changing them. But there are always one or two people you have worked with over the journey who do things you like. So it's a case of getting the balance right.

We're still working through stuff and Covid has had an effect on all sporting organisations across the world…rugby league has cut the budget for staff.

There are some issues which could affect your squad next year, including reports that Roger Tuivasa-Sheck might go to rugby union if the Warriors are forced to set up camp in Australia again.

In terms of Roger and other players, time will tell as to what options we have, in relation to whether we are based in Auckland or Australia. But I would certainly love to coach Roger.

Who were your childhood heroes?

A guy called Tom Carroll, who was a world champion surfer. I used to surf but when I hurt my neck playing footy I had to give surfing away. I loved surfing and still love going to the beach.

In rugby league, my hero was Peter Sterling…and anyone who played for Cronulla. I was a mad Cronulla fan. St George and Cronulla didn't like each other at all. And my soft spot ended up being with the Dragons where I spent most of my career.

Is there anything you would love to change in rugby league?

It's already come in…the new rules allow the smaller player to have an opportunity to attack. The thing I didn't like was that the smaller bloke was getting picked on by these big blokes without the opportunity to pick back.

I've would also like to see an 18th man on the bench able to replace someone who couldn't keep playing because of foul play…especially because of the seriousness of the head knock and the laws around it. This only seems fair but it hasn't got off the ground, so maybe I'm the only one who thinks it would be fair.

You were on the smaller side as a player…does it give you a special empathy for the little players?

Players like Peter Sterling, smaller players who were smart, were the ones who made the game so great to watch all those years ago.

What were your best and worst moments as a player?

Just playing week to week was exciting, but playing in the finals and grand finals is unreal. The worst moments are losing grand finals. Unfortunately I lost three of them but the road to them, the friendships you build on the way, the excitement of playing in front of big crowds, are still highs.

What's the best advice you ever received?

I've got a lot over the years. When I was a kid, my dad told me to listen to everyone, even the town drunk. You never know what you might learn. Once you get good at listening, it's then about what filters through…listening is great, but knowing what to take in is another thing.

If you weren't a professional sportsperson…

I'm not sure what I would have done. The old man was a painter, so I would probably have ended up doing that. Fishing was the big thing at home, and I always loved fishing…but probably a painter.

What's your dream for the Warriors?

Every coach's dream is to win the ultimate prize. That's why we do what we do.

What's the magic formula?

There's no magic wand but everyone at the club is working very hard on it.

The Warriors' most successful years under Daniel Anderson and Ivan Cleary involved a lot of good local players coming through their system, with some good Aussie recruits sprinkled in. That seems to be what works for the Warriors.

Recruitment is not as easy as everyone thinks it is. You can have the best plan in place and don't land the target, while sometimes you can have a bit of luck and they fall out of the tree into your lap. You might even need some luck in developing your own players. Sometimes there are factors way out of your control.

But we've certainly got a good plan in place. We know what style of player and type of people we want. We'll keep working hard and see if we can make some things happen.

 

BeastMode

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Mar 7, 2015
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I wonder if Brownie is feeling any pressure?

Huge expectations now for next year with the AFB signing and what Payten has achieved

I'm really hoping its top 8 min next year with NO EXCUSES

There are only 16 teams in the comp, so technically you've got a 50% chance to make the finals which is more than reasonable

I'm now ready for CG public announcement that next year will be our year!
 

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