Our Team - Advanced Kick Coaching

Dr Kevin Ball

Fremantle AFL Kicking Coach
AFL/AIS (U17/18) Kicking Coach

Coaching Director

Good kicking technique means better performance and fewer injuries


1999 - 2005
Doctor of philosophy
1997 - 1999
Master of Applied Science - Biomechanics
1986 - 1989
Bachelor of Applied Science - Human Movement


1991 -1997
Biomechanist at the AIS involved in Biomechanical Testing and Technique Analysis


2006 - Present
Kevin is a senior Teacher at Victoria University


2007 - Present
International scientific committee board member
2001 - 2009
Editor of Online Coaches information service implemented by the ISBS
Wigan Rugby League Club UK - Kick Coaching / Biomechanical analysis


Kevin commenced his AFL kick coaching career at Hawthorn in 1999 under senior coach Peter Schwab. He coached at Hawthorn through to the end of 2002 developing a science based ( Biomechanical ) analysis of each individuals kicking and a training program

Fremantle football club coach Chris Connolly recruited Kevin at the end of the 2002 season to become the first full time AFL coach / sports scientist specializing in Kicking

In his full time capacity Kevin advanced his coaching becoming more individually specialised in his training programs. These programs involved technical analysis, game analysis of all kicks, specific volume training, decision making training ( practical and film based ), specialised conditioning for kicking, sports psychology and assistant coach education.

Results based on goalshooting accuracy:
Fremantle 16th ( 2003 ) to 1st ( 2005 )
Mathew Pavlich improved from 50% to 75%

During the period of 2007 to present Kevin has worked as a kicking consultant/ coach for the Fremantle, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Richmond and Carlton football clubs.


2007 - Present
AFL / AIS Kicking and Tackling Coach

This role involves performing a biomechanical analysis, implementing a technical and conditioning programme to improve deficient areas and retest at the end of the scholarship time. It also involves educating players principles of kicking and how that fits in with their own kicking style.


2006 - 2010
Kicking Coach ( Melbourne Storm )
Biomechanical analysis of kicking technique, Performance analysis of kicking in games and Designing kicking training program.

2012 - Present
Kicking Coach ( South Sydney Rabbitohs )
Biomechanical analysis of kicking technique, Performance anaysis of kicking in games and Designing kicking training program.

Chris Connolly

84 games Melbourne FC
Fremantle FC Head Coach
Hawthorn FC Asst Coach
Melbourne FC Asst Coach
Eastern U18 Head Coach

Coaching Director

At Advanced Kick Coaching we improve performance by focussing on correct technique, deliberate learning and growth mindset

Chris was born into football. His father Barry played for Footscray and became a legendary figure in Country football. Barry coached Ardlethan, Nathalia, Waaia, Invergordan, Shepparton and Shepparton United football clubs. He formed junior football competitions in Ardlethan and Nathalia. He was president of the Shepparton United football club and Goulburn Valley football leagues for over twenty years.

Chris followed in his fathers foot steps to play, coach and administer in Australian rules football.

Chris ( born 25 March 1963 ) has played, coached and administrated in the Australian football league. He played played 84 games and kicked 38 goals as a midfielder for the Melbourne football club. Chris was senior coach of the Fremantle football club from 2002 to 2007.

1978 Captain of Goulburn Valley schoolboys side.

Under 15 state champions.

1979-80 Victorian Under 17 teal cup representative.

Vice captain in 1980.

1980 Senior premiership Shepparton United.
1981 Melbourne football club Under 19 premiership.
1982 Melbourne Under 19 Captain and Club Champion.
1982-90 Melbourne football club senior player.
1983,85,86 Fourth in Club Championship.
1987,89 Knee reconstructions.
1991 Made a life member of Melbourne football club.

1991 Assistant coach at Melbourne football club.
1992-95 Inaugural coach of Under 18 Eastern Ranges side.

AFL senior players produced included David Wirrpunda, Chris Scott, Brad Scott, Rayden Tallis, Kane Johnson, Adam Kingsley, Jess Sinclair and Mark Bolton.

1996-97 Hawthorn reserves coach.

AFL senior players produced included Ben Dixon,Angelou Lekkas, Luke McCabe, Jade Rawlings. Johnathon Hay Rayden Tallis and Brad Scott.

1998-01 Hawthorn senior assistant coach.

Round 17 2001 senior coach vs Carlton ( MCG)

2002-07 Senior coach of Fremantle football club.
2002 Won 9 games finishing 13th.
2003 Won 14 games finishing 6th.
2004 Won 11 games finishing 9th.
2005 Won 11 games finishing 10th.
2006 Won 15 games finishing 3rd.

Awarded Con Regan medal which recognises those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the Fremantle football club.

2007 Won 6 of 15 games.

2008-11 Melbourne football club football manager.
2012-13 Melbourne football club development manager.

2002 - 07 Newspaper Column with Sunday times WA.
2008 - now Radio ABC grandstand special comments.
2014 - now Radio AFL live / Croc media special comments.
2014 - now AFL media / AFL record.
2014 - now Television Croc media / Channel 9 WA footy show.

1981 - 84 Bachelor of education. ( physical education / science ).
1985 PE teacher at Sholem Aleichem primary school.
1986 - 91 PE teacher at Northcote Technical school.
1992 - 97 PE teacher at Pembroke secondary college.

2014 - now Founding director of Advanced High performance

Wayne Oswald

AFL Development Coach Geelong FC
AFL Education/Welfare Manager Melbourne FC
AFL Recruiter Essendon FC
Region Manager Sandringham Dragons

Relationship Director

If you are serious about improving your kicking we are the perfect partner for you

Wayne turned his hobby into his job. While working as the CEO of Deakin Sports Association at Deakin University, Geelong campus, Wayne was invited to join the Geelong Football Club fitness staff. This part time role quickly lead to a more significant opportunity in player development - particularly with players between 17 and 20 years of age. Wayne was there to witnessed the end of the AFL Seconds and Under 19's. In 1991 he was offered the role of Region Manager with the Sandringham Dragons - one of the 6 new teams participating in the TAC Cup (the competition replacing the AFL Under 19's) - he spent the next 20 years working with AFL recruiters preparing young men to present for the AFL draft.

1989 - 91 Geelong FC – Strength & Conditioning Instructor

U19 Development Coach

1991 - 09 AFL VIC/Sandringham Dragons - Region Manager
1994 - 04 Victorian Metropolitan (Aust Football Championship)

Tour Manager/Selector/Welfare Manager

2006 - 08 Scotch College - Elite Sports Person Mentor

Development Coach

2009 AIS/AFL Academy - Tour Manager
2010 Melbourne FC - Education & Welfare Manager
2010 Old Scotch(VAFA) - Development Coach
2012 Essendon FC - Recruiter(P/T)
2013 Uni Blues(VAFA) - Development Coach
2014 Caulfield GFC(VAFA) - Development Coach
2015 Caulfield GFC(VAFA) - Head Coach

1978 - 84 Victorian Education Department Outdoor - Education Specialist
1984 - 91 Deakin University Sports Association - CEO
1991 - 09 AFL VIC/Sandringham Dragons - Region Manager
2010 Melbourne FC - Education & Welfare Manager
2011 Disability Sport & Recreation - Manager Sport & Recreation
2012 - now Interactive Sports Consultancy - Founder/Director

Mark Campbell

Creative Director

At Advanced Kick Coaching we embrace innovations in technique and technology that improve performance

At half time of the 1972 VFL second semi final at VFL Park, a 15 year old wearing his brother's footy boots fell flat on his back in front of a capacity crowd in the final of the 'Sun Kick' Under 16 long kicking competition. After averaging 65 metres kicking in his own boots in the heats, Mark Campbell was only able to kick 53 metres. The winner kicked 58 metres.

Forty years later, Mark's son, Tom Campbell, joined the Western Bulldogs as a ruckman. He, too, can kick it a long way.

In the years between, Mark declined Neil Crompton's offers of a place on the Melbourne U19 list in favour of a surfboard and a film camera, and went on to make a place in the screen production industry as a writer and director.

Making his way from a start as a stagehand at Channel 9 in Melbourne, Mark worked with a who's who of Australian and international talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Striking out as a freelancer saw Mark directing hundreds of TV commercials, documentaries and short films for Australia's leading brands and corporations, as well as a range of government and industry bodies. His work has won national and international awards for excellence.

Martin Sperring

Technical Director

Our technology supports coaches and athletes perform to the best of their ability

Martin has been developing bespoke software applications for over 25 years. He is the founder and director of M2 Corporation, a software development company based in Melbourne with a highly skilled team of developers focused on building state-of-the-art solutions for a diverse customer base.

Martin has undertaken a variety of volunteer roles in the community, in areas such as sport, education and emergency services. It was during this time that he began to develop software applications to enable the clubs he worked with to operate more efficiently, and importantly, provide the generous volunteers of these clubs with a helping hand and a more time-efficient experience.

The knowledge gained during these roles, coupled with Martin’s vision of simplifying technology, provides TDS with a solid platform to deliver the benefits that community sport is crying out for.