Head Coach: Brad Thorn
Assistant Coach: Tony McGahan
Assistant Coach: Paul Carozza
Head coach, Reds Elite Youth Development: Jason Gilmore
Senior Analyst: Michael Todd
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach: Niklas Superina
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Daniel Cooper
Sports Science Coordinator: James Mann
Sports Performance Dietician: Sally Baumann
Team Doctor: Daelyn Cullen
Head Physiotherapist: Cameron Lillicrap
Physiotherapist: Gina Nelson
General Manager, Professional Rugby: Sam Cordingley
Team Manager: Thomas Barker
Player Development Manager: Matt Smith
Media Manager: Tom Kennedy
Former World Cup-winning All Blacks forward Brad Thorn has been appointed the new St.George Queensland Reds head coach ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
Thorn joined the QRU in late 2015 as Queensland Elite Development Squad forwards coach, after retiring from playing following more than two decades of unparalleled success at the elite level. He has been with QRU for the duration of his coaching career.
Thorn has already experienced success within Queensland Rugby’s pathway programs, guiding the Queensland U20s to two Super U20 Championship titles as an assistant coach in 2016 and as head coach to an undefeated season in 2017.
He was also assistant coach of Bond University Queensland Country in the 2016 National Rugby Championship and head coach in 2017, leading them to their most successful season in the short history of the competition.
Tony McGahan joined the St.George Queensland Reds as a senior assistant coach ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
McGahan brings a wealth of experience to the Reds following more than a decade of professional coaching in both the northern hemisphere and Super Rugby.
Born and raised in Queensland, McGahan’s coaching career began in his home state at the helm of Rugby nurseries Nudgee College and Anglican Church Grammar School’s First XV programs, as well as Queensland Premier Rugby side Easts.
He made the move to Irish powerhouse Munster in 2005 as an assistant coach and was involved in two Heineken Cup wins in 2006 and 2008 before becoming Director of Rugby, during which time he oversaw two Celtic League titles in 2009 and the 2011 season, as well as a famous victory over the touring Wallabies in 2010.
He joined the Wallabies as a coaching co-ordinator in 2012, before taking on the role as Melbourne Rebels head coach ahead of the 2014 season. He left the role in Melbourne at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, where he finished as the longest-serving and most successful coach in the club’s history.
Paul Carozza joins the St.George Queensland Reds as an assistant coach for the 2018 Super Rugby season, after successful support roles with the Queensland U20s and Bond University Queensland Country in 2017.
Carozza brings 18 years of experience to the role, after taking on his first coaching role with Brisbane Boys College back in 2000 – following more than a decade of playing success with Queensland and Australia.
As a speedy winger for both Queensland and Australia in the 1980s and 90s, Carozza won 94 caps for the Reds and played 15 times for the Wallabies. He scored nine tries at international level including a double in Australia's Bledisloe Cup victory over New Zealand at Ballymore in 1992.
Following a successful playing career, Carozza followed his tertiary qualifications, moving in to teaching and became Director of Rugby at Brisbane Boys College in 2000, mentoring future Queensland Reds stars, James Horwill and Will Genia.
Moving into a role at Ballymore with the ARU Talent Program, Carozza has been helping develop the future stars of Queensland Rugby since 2004, in roles with both the Reds Academy and the former ARU National Academy through to his most recent role as Reds Elite Development Coordinator.
Jason Gilmore has returned to the St.George Queensland Reds Elite Youth Development program to ensure Queensland Rugby Union continues to identify, develop and retain the best young prospects in its pathway.
Gilmore has more than a decade of coaching experience in various roles within the Queensland pathway, including most recently as defence coach of the St.George Queensland Reds.
Prior to that, Gilmore had a busy 2016 in which he led the Queensland Under 20s to an undefeated national title in the inaugural Super U20s Championship as head coach, before taking on the role of defence coach with the Australian Under 20s at the World Rugby U20 Championship and with Bond University Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship.
Gilmore also led Anglican Church Grammar School to an undefeated GPS title in 2014.
Michael Todd graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science before joining the Reds in 2012 as Assistant Analyst, before taking over as Head Analyst for the 2014 season.
Todd joined Irish Province, Munster, for the 2014-2015 season before returning to Queensland for 2016.
Niklas Superina joins the St.George Queensland Reds as Head of Strength and Conditioning ahead of the 2018 Super Rugby season.
The 2018 season will be Superina’s 15th year working in elite sporting environments, having previously worked with various European Rugby clubs and most recently the Canon Eagles in Japan’s Top League.
In addition to his experience in Rugby, Superina has worked with Italian Olympic Gold and Silver medal-winning rower Simone Ranieri and in professional boxing with Accademia boxing di Viadana in Italy.
Before entering the coaching world, Superina spent 10 years as a professional Rugby player in Europe and South Africa, including representing the Australian Barbarians in 1998.
Daniel Cooper will bring a new and unique perspective to the St.George Queensland Reds team environment, after spending the past 17 years in Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) as both a Special Forces Operator and High Performance Coach.
While Cooper’s professional history for the better part of two decades was in the Australian Defence Force, he has also worked in multiple elite sport environments in recent years, including the Australian Institute of Sport, the Fremantle Dockers and the Western Force.
Cameron Lillicrap re-joined the St.George Queensland Reds ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season as Head Physiotherapist and brings with him more than two decades of experience in the industry. A former Queensland and Wallabies prop, Lillicrap was a touring member of the 1984 Grand Slam winning Wallabies and was a member of Australia’s 1987 and 1991 Rugby World Cup squads.
Gina Nelson has a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Masters of Physiotherapist Studies. She has worked in the Queensland Rugby scene since 2009 with Brisbane club, Brothers and was McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City’s physiotherapist in their 2015 undefeated championship season of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
Sam Cordingley joined the St.George Queensland Reds’ administration staff at the end of 2013 after three seasons as the General Manager of Rugby at the Melbourne Rebels.
Cordingley moved in to the administration side of Rugby after a long and successful playing career with the Brumbies, Reds and Wallabies.
Thomas Barker is entering his third seas as Team Manager of the St.George Queesland Reds, after three years as Football Administration Officer for the Brisbane Lions Football Club in the AFL.
Matthew Smith joined the St.George Queensland Reds in 2012 after two years with the New South Wales Institute of Sport as the Athlete Career and Education Advisor.
Smith has a Bachelor’s degree of Education (PDHPE) and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling Elite Athletes.
He was also a member of the Australian Men’s Hockey Team and has 166 international caps to his name.
Tom Kennedy is entering his fifth season as the St.George Queensland Reds’ Media Manager.
He has also worked with the Australian Rugby Union and Rugby Canada.