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Blake Caracella

Last played for Collingwood Magpies in 2006
Games: 187     Born: March 15, 1977     Origin: Northern Knights
Playing Height: 186cm     Playing Weight: 85kg     Position: Midfield
First Drafted: Pick #10 1994 National Draft by Essendon Bombers
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #2 2004 Pre-Season Draft by Collingwood Magpies
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Blake Caracella Biography

Friday, 8 April 2022
Blake Caracella, who will serve as stand-in coach for the Bombers in place of Ben Rutten who is unavailable due to the AFL's health and safety protocols, says he has his eye on a senior job in the future.

"I fell into coaching and didn't really know if I wanted to do the senior job but obviously the last four, five, six years I've really enjoyed the demands of the job. I've watched Chris Scott, Damien Hardwick and Ben Rutten and been lucky enough to have some good mentors," he said.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Blake Caracella will coach Essendon this week against Adelaide at Marvel Stadium due to senior coach Ben Rutten being in isolation as part of the AFL's health and safety protocols.
Monday, 5 August 2019
Blake Caracella and the Tigers have agreed to an amicable parting of ways.

Caracella will complete his duties as an assistant coach at Richmond in 2019 before moving on from the club.

Friday, 5 October 2018
Richmond has retained in-demand Blake Caracella as part of its coaching staff for 2019 after he signed a contract extension with the club
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Richmond assistant coach and premiership mastermind Blake Caracella remains out of contract and in hot demand for 2019.

Damien Hardwick's midfield senior assistant is yet to come to terms with the Tigers after two seasons at Punt Road with a win-loss ratio of 31-11.

Saturday, 30 September 2017
Following Richmond's 2018 premiership, Tigers coach Damien Hardwick and his assistant Blake Caracella become the first men to win flags with four clubs as players, coaches or assistant coaches.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Richmond appoints Blake Caracella as an assistant coach for the 2017 season.

"Blake has impressive credentials, experiencing great success throughout his playing and coaching career, and we're really excited that he's joining our coaching ranks," Richmond football manager Neil Balme said.

Sunday, 14 August 2016
Harry Taylor said the wisdom of Cats' goalkicking coach Blake Caracella helped him deal with his pressure set shot late in the game against Richmond on Sunday.

With his side three points behind and five minutes remaining, Taylor kicked the goal to propel the Cats to an unlikely victory.

It was Taylor's first goal for the season and the first time he has been swung forward for the year.

"His [Caracella's] face kept popping up with his little cues for kicking goals," Taylor said.

"He is our goalkicking coach so I could see him pretty clearly and what he would be telling me to do."

Friday, 2 October 2009
AFL premiers Geelong move to recruit Blake Caracella from Collingwood to join their coaching staff.

"We're thrilled to add Blake to our coaching staff," Geelong football manager Neil Balme said.

"Blake has shown himself to be an innovative and progressive thinker and we feel he will work well with our group of players and coaches."

Sunday, 23 August 2009
Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse is confident the club can cover for the loss of midfield coach Brad Scott.

"That hole, we can't just turn our toes up. Nothing is really going to change much in terms of strategies, because we are not locked in to one single system week in, week out," he said.

"We analyse the opposition, and we change our course of mid zones as well as who goes in there.

"That will still come from me, and it will go to in this case, Blake Caracella, and those three blokes that spend the most time in there."

Tuesday, 3 March 2009
Magpies assistant coach Blake Caracella believes Collingwood is "every chance" to finish in the top four.

Caracella says the hip-and-shoulder is a skill worth preserving in football.

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