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In 1972 Malthouse was zoned to and taken by St Kilda, playing 3 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. Michael and Nanette (who were married in 1974) had their first daughter Christi at the end of 1976, followed by Danielle two years later.
The 1980 Richmond Premiership win over Collingwood was one of six finals Malthouse 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. Malthouse was appointed senior coach of Footscray in 1984. By now Michael and Nanette had welcomed their first son, Cain to the family. Troy was born after the family's first season at the Western Oval.
In the years from '84 to 1989 Malthouse impressed with his dedication and professionalism and was known for his tough stance on many players.
In 1990 Malthouse 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 Malthouse's 12th and final season at the helm at 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 his 28 years in charge at the highest level, Malthouse is currently second on the VFL/AFL most games coached list, behind Jock McHale. Although since the 1990 name change, Malthouse has coached the most 'AFL' games of all time.
Michael is a proud husband, father and now grandfather to Zac, Holly and Lillia. He is dedicated to saving the environment and has a particular interest in protecting old growth forests. In his spare time Michael is a crossword and Sudoku enthusiast, with interests in history, anthropology, biology, astronomy, and paleontology, among others.