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Nathan Bassett, forward coach

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Nathan Bassett cut his teeth at Norwood before being drafted to the Melbourne Football Club.

He didn't play a game for Melbourne, but later returned to South Australia as a defender for the Adelaide Crows, debuting in 1998.

Bassett didn't play in the Crows' 1998 flag, but went on to establish himself as one of the most important defenders in the West Lakes club's short history.

He was best team man for the Crows in 2005 and finished second in the club's Malcolm Blight Medal that year. 

But while he never tasted the ultimate success with the Crows, it would be as a coach that he would experience premiership triumph. 

As Norwood's coach in the SANFL, Bassett introduced AFL concepts to the local league and quickly tasted triumph. 

The Redlegs played and lost the 2010 SANFL Grand Final, but  Bassett would return Norwood to the big stage to take wins in 2012 and 2013. 

From there he was recruited by Essendon to be their forward coach, where he was an assistant to Mark Thompson and later James Hird and Matthew Egan. 

Bassett made his way to Alberton in 2016, where he is the defence coach at Port Adelaide.

With a restructuring of the coaching department after the 2018 season, Bassett will take over forward coaching duties in 2019.

at a glance

Coaching career

2019-current Port Adelaide Football Club forward coach
2016-2018 
Port Adelaide Football Club defence coach
2014-2015 Essendon Football Club forward coach
2010-2013 Norwood Football Club (SANFL) senior coach

Achievements:
Senior coach SANFL Premiership (2012)
Senior coach SANFL Premiership (2013)

Playing career

Clubs: Adelaide (1998-2008) 210 games, 25 goals

Debut: Rd 1, 1998 vs Carlton

Brownlow votes: 23

Achievements
All-Australian (2006)