Victoria University is delighted to appoint 2016 premiership-winning Western Bulldogs AFL coach Luke Beveridge as an adjunct professor.
Luke will be involved in a number of activities related to the University's sport science, coaching, and management courses.
After leading his team to their first Grand Final victory in more than 60 years, he was named coach of the year by the AFL Coaches Association for the second year running.
VU College of Sport & Exercise Science Dean Hans Westerbeek said Luke's many contributions to sport and beyond will be invaluable to the University's students and staff.
"There is no better way for students to engage in their chosen professions than by working with people at the top of their game such as Luke.
The many perspectives on leadership and managing teams that Luke can bring to the table will also offer staff – teachers and researchers – the opportunity to develop their own approaches to being leaders."
Luke was last year named a VU Companion of the University for exemplifying the best of sport through his leadership, deeds and words. He said he looked forward to working alongside VU staff and students, and strengthening the Bulldog's relationship with the University.
"The Club and Victoria University have a strong and healthy partnership, and I'm honoured to be able to continue to develop that with this appointment," he said.
Professor Westerbeek said VU is proud to count among its adjunct professors the coach and manager who brought premiership-pride back to Melbourne's West.
"Australian Rules Football became so much more than a game on that Grand Final day in 2016," he said. "Luke surprised and delighted the rest of Australia with a brand of football and team spirit that captured the hearts of millions."