North Melbourne has appointed Shane Watson as backline coach and Jason Lappin as a development coach.

"Both appointments are very much in line with our philosophy to create the best learning and development environment in the AFL," North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said.

"Shane comes very highly regarded and has a tremendous ability to coach young players.

"Jason was extremely impressive throughout the interview process and he brings an intimate knowledge of AFL footy through his experience at the Western Bulldogs. [He] brings a terrific mix to our football club."