Born to Marie and Raymond Malthouse on August 17, 1953 in Ballarat, Michael Malthouse began his football career at Wendouree West before moving to North Ballarat. Could anyone then have predicted the football journey he would embark on?
In 1972 Mick was zoned to and taken by St Kilda, playing three finals in his debut season. He played 53 games for the Saints before being told by then-coach Allan Jeans that he would struggle to get a game in the senior side due to an abundance of similar-sized players.
He left for Richmond half way through the 1976 season and never looked back.
The 1980 Richmond Premiership win over Collingwood was one of six finals Mick played for the Tigers in 121 senior games. As the ‘backline captain’ he was noted for being a tough and solid defender, and a promising leader. He retired in 1983 due to injury.
But there was no stepping away from the game he loved. Mick was appointed senior coach of Footscray in 1984.
In 1990 Mick moved his family from Melbourne to Perth to coach the West Coast Eagles. The move would be a huge success. In 10 years with the club, he took the Eagles to the finals every season, in 1992 and 1994 winning the Premiership.
2011 was Mick’s 12th and final season at the helm of Collingwood, after being appointed senior coach in 2000. It was his eighth finals campaign with the Magpies, including the 2010 Premiership (and drawn grand final) and the 2002, 2003 and 2011 grand finals.
After making the tough decision to retire at the end of 2011, 2012 saw Mick enter the world of media through television’s Channel 7 and 3AW radio. He also embarked on an entirely new journey as Vice-Chancellor Fellow for La Trobe University. However, after a year off from coaching, an equally important decision was made to get back into the game as the senior coach of Carlton Football Club. The Blues played in two finals in Mick’s first year (2013) making the Carlton Football Club the fourth VFL/AFL club he has taken into a finals series.
With his 30th year of coaching behind him, Mick entered an amazing record-breaking year in 2015. In Round 5 he coached his 715th game to break Jock McHale’s outstanding and long-held record of most VFL/AFL games coached. It was celebrated by the AFL and the wider football community as an inspirational achievement.
In 2016 Mick, who is now considered one of the all-time masters of the game, signed on as Head Coach for the second season of FOX8’s The Recruit. His job on the show is to lead, motivate, teach and mentor the young contestants. Mick will bring to this role the same level of dedication and professionalism that has made him a record breaking coach. But the Recruits won’t have it easy – Mick is renowned for his tough stance on players and will be expecting them to give 100%.
Mick currently lives in Melbourne. He is a proud husband, father and now grandfather to Zac, Holly, Lillia, Tom, Grace and Denver.