What makes this year different is that one of them, the more unlikely of the three given last seasons data, has broken through, and guided his team in to the AFL 'silverware' cupboard and made off with the NAB Cup.
The three coaches are of course, Michael Voss, James Hird (1996 winners) and Nathan Buckley (2003). They are also the first three Brownlow Medalist coaches since Bernie Quinlan, who won the medal in 1981, and was coaxed by his old team to coach in 1995.
So with Voss' Brisbane Lions winning the NAB Cup, this tweet question was asked...
With the exception of Malcolm Blight, how many Brownlow medallists have gone on to become great coaches? Ping @aflfootymaths @theholybootAnd with a short evenings researching, we complied the table as below;
— Brother Amos (@BrotherAmos) March 16, 2013
So, choosing to define a 'great coach', the most obvious measure is Premiership success, and Brother Amos got one of the greats in Malcolm Blight, but missed the most successful, Dick Reynolds. Three Brownlows to his name, and backed up with 4 flags and 12 Grand Finals appearances.
Further to that list, there are 20 names, and only 5 have winning rates better than evens (+50%), and another three are on 50%.
To date, the majority of Brownlow medalists have not gone on to be great coaches.
Even the other triple Brownlow medalists, Ian Stewart, Hayden Bunton and Bob Skilton have all tried their hand with little result.
The remaining Brownlow medalists listed below, have never (or are yet to) coach a VFL or AFL game.