Marco Bello (Head Coach)

Head Coach Marco Bello arrived at Box Hill in 1997 where he played as a Mustang  for two years before joining the Central District Football Club in the SANFL. As a Bulldog, Bello won five Premierships and two Best & Fairests from 1999-2005.

Bello returned to the Box Hill Hawks in 2008 as a player as well as an Assistant Coach which later saw him take over the role as Senior Coach of the Development side in 2011.

After coaching the Northern Knights to the Semi-Final in the TAC Cup in 2013, Bello was appointed Senior Coach of the Box Hill Hawks in 2014 and has since seen the Hawks to consecutive Grand Final appearances finishing runners-up in 2014 and 2015.


Paul Kennedy (Senior Assistant)

Starting his football career in 1997, Paul Kennedy played state-level football for Sandringham where he was a member of the 2005 Premiership side. Kennedy continued his football career with Frankston where he made the 2008 VFL Team of the Year and captained the side from 2010-2011. Since retiring from football, Kennedy has acted as a mentor and skills coach at Frankston before making the change to the Box Hill Hawks in 2015 as a Senior Assistant Coach.


Mark Hibbins (Senior Assistant)

With 18 years coaching experience under his belt, Box Hill Hawks are lucky to have Mark Hibbins join the club as a Senior Assistant Coach this season. After coaching the Wesley College 1st XVIII from 1998-2004, Hibbins moved to coaching the Old Collegians from 2005-2015. Coaching the Collegians to two Premierships in 2011 and 2012, Hibbins was voted VAFA Coach of the Year in 2012.

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Nathan Foley (Senior Assistant)

Nathan Foley joined the Box Hill Hawks’ coaching staff in 2016 after playing 154 games and kicking 44 goals for his former club, the Richmond Tigers. Starting his football career with the Geelong Falcons, Foley was pick number three for the Tigers in 2003. He continued his career at Richmond until injury forced him to retire in 2015. After being labelled one of the AFL’s best on-ballers in 2007, he was selected in the squad for the All-Australian Team, and was also Runner-Up in Richmond’s Best and Fairest count in the same year.

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Matt Adolph (Development Head Coach)

Matt Adolph spent two years playing in the QAFL and eight years in the EFL 1st Division. Adolph kicked off his coaching career in the EFL as a Senior Assistant Coach with Scoresby Football Club before eventually moving to Williamstown. While at Williamstown, Adolph spent two years as a Development Assistant Coach and one year as a Senior Assistant Coach before moving to the Box Hill Hawks in 2015. Adolph took his side through the season undefeated before an agonising golden point loss in the Grand Final.


Damien Yze (Development Assistant)

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Michael Shmerling (Development Assistant)

As a previous coach for the Ajax Junior Football Club Michael Shmerling moved to the Albert Park Falcons Football and Netball Club. Having recently acquired his Level 2 AFL Coaching Accreditation, Shmerling joined the Box Hill Hawks coaching staff in November 2015 to enhance his skills and prove another invaluable asset to the Box Hill Hawks coaching staff.


David Knight (Development Assistant)

Having played U18, U19 and Reserves at Box Hill Football Club from 1985-1988, David Knight began his coaching career with the Forest Hill Football Club in 2008 coaching the U9 and U15 sides before moving to the EFL Interleague as Assistant Coach of the U15 side in 2014. 2015 saw Knight coach the Vermont Football Club’s U19B side acquiring his Level 2 Coaching Accreditation that same year, joining as Assistant Coach for the Development Side for the Box Hill Hawks in 2016.


David Banfield (Specialist Coach)

Life Member David Banfield has a long history with the Box Hill Hawks Football Club. Awarded Club Champion in 1990, Banfield was also awarded Best and Fairest in 1993 and Captained the side in 1994, 95 and 96. Banfield kicked off his coaching career with Vermont, taking the side to four 1st Division Premierships before moving across to Box Hill as a Senior Assistant Coach in 2002. Banfield took up the position of Specialist Coach at Box Hill in 2012, a position that he still holds today marking his 18th season as a player and a coach with the Box Hill Hawks.