Born to Marie and Raymond Malthouse on August 17, 1953 in Ballarat, Michael Malthouse began his football career at Wendouree West, then North Ballarat. Could anyone then have predicted the football journey he would embark on?
In 1972 Malthouse was zoned to and taken by St Kilda, playing 3 finals in his debut season. He played 53 games for the Saints before being told by then-coach Allan Jeans that he would struggle to get a game in the senior side due to an abundance of similar-sized players.
He left for Richmond half way through the 1976 season and never looked back. Michael and Nanette (who were married in 1974) had their first daughter Christi at the end of 1976, followed by Danielle two years later.
The 1980 Richmond Premiership win over Collingwood was one of six finals Malthouse played for the Tigers in 121 senior games. As the 'backline captain' he was noted for being a tough and solid defender, and a promising leader. He retired in 1983 due to injury.
But there was no stepping away from the game he loved. Malthouse was appointed senior coach of Footscray in 1984. By now Michael and Nanette had welcomed their first son, Cain to the family. Troy was born after the family's first season at the Western Oval.
In the years from '84 to 1989 Malthouse impressed with his dedication and professionalism and was known for his tough stance on many players.
In 1990 Malthouse moved his family from Melbourne to Perth to coach the West Coast Eagles. The move would be a huge success. In 10 years with the club he took the Eagles to the finals every season, in 1992 and 1994 winning the Premiership.
2011 was Malthouse's 12th and final season at the helm at Collingwood, after being appointed senior coach in 2000. It was his eighth finals campaign with the Magpies, including the 2010 Premiership (and drawn grand final) and the 2002, 2003 and 2011 grand finals.
After making the tough decision to retire at the end of 2011, 2012 saw Malthouse enter the world of media through television's Network 7 and 3AW radio. He also embarked on an entirely new journey as Vice-Chancellor Fellow for La Trobe University. However, after a year off from coaching, an equally important decision was made to get back into the game as the senior coach of Carlton Football Club, the challenge on offer too good to pass up. The Blues played in 2 finals in Malthouse’s first year (2013), making the Carlton Football Club the 4th VFL/AFL club he has taken into a finals series.
With his 30th year of replica watches coaching behind him, Mick entered an amazing record-breaking year in 2015. In Round 5 he coached his 715th game to break Jock McHale's outstanding & long held record of most VFL/AFL games coached. It was celebrated by the AFL and the wider football community as an inspirational achievement.
With his departure from Carlton, the milestone will now be commemorated alongside premierships, finals, epic clashes, team building, player development, coaches box antics and media battles as Mick is remembered as one of the all time masters of the game.
Michael is a proud husband, father and now grandfather to Zac, Holly, Lillia, Tom and Grace. He is dedicated to saving the environment and has a particular interest in protecting old growth forests. In his spare time Michael is a crossword and Sudoku enthusiast, with interests in history, anthropology, biology, astronomy, and paleontology, among others.
St Kilda 1972-1976 53 games
Richmond 1976-1983 121 games (including 1980 Premiership)
Footscray 1984-1989 135 games
West Coast 1990-1999 243 games (including 1991 Grand Final and 1992 & 1994 Premierships)
Collingwood 2000- 2011 286 games (including 2002, 2003 & 2011 Grand Finals and 2010 Premiership)
Carlton 2013 - Round 8, 2015 54 Games
1985 Players Association Coach of the Year
1991 Inaugural AFL Coach of the Year
1992,1994 & 2010 Jock McHale Medal
1995 JJ Leonard Medal
2000 Australian Sports Medal
2001 Centenary Medal
2005 North Ballarat Football Club Hall of Fame
2007 Ballarat Sports Hall of Fame
2008 & 2010 Australian Coach – International Rules Series
2010 AFL Coaches Association Coach of the Year
2011 West Coast Eagles Hall of Fame
AFL, West Coast Eagles and Richmond Football Club Life Member
Most VFL/AFL games coached in history – 718 games
2nd position for total number of games as player & coach – 892 games behind Kevin Sheedy (907 games)
2nd most consecutive finals appearance as coach – 1990 to 1999 (10 years)
Coached 4 different clubs to Finals Series. 52 finals in total.
Coach of the Australian team to take on Ireland in the International Rules Series in 2008 & 2010
Co Author with David Buttifant of The Ox Is Slow But The Earth Is Patient. Published in September 2011.
Subject for the book, Malthouse, A Football Life. Author, Christi Malthouse. Published in 2012.
Network 7 and 3AW Commentator 2012
Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, La Trobe University 2012 - Ongoing
Head Coach of Fox Footy’s Reality Television Program, The Recruit 2016
SEN Radio Commentator 2016