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List of notable or famous coaches from New Zealand, with bios and photos, including the top coaches born in New Zealand and even some popular coaches who immigrated to New Zealand. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Kiwi coaches then this list is the perfect resource for you. These coaches are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known coach from New Zealand is included when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including John Kirwan and Mike Hesson.

This historic coaches from New Zealand list can help answer the questions "Who are some Kiwi coaches of note?" and "Who are the most famous coaches from New Zealand?" These prominent coaches of New Zealand may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Kiwi coaches.

Use this list of renowned Kiwi coaches to discover some new coaches that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (38 items)

Aaran Franklyn Lines is a retired New Zealand association football player and current head coach of the Western New York Flash, the 2010 W-League champions, 2011 Women's Professional Soccer Champions, the 2012 Women's Premier Soccer League Elite Champions, and 2013 National Women's Soccer League ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Profession: Coach

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Alan Vest


Alan Vest is an English-born New Zealand former football player and manager from Barnsley, England. He currently resides in Perth, Australia. ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Barnsley, United Kingdom

Profession: Coach


Arthur Leslie Lydiard ONZ OBE was a New Zealand runner and athletics coach. He has been lauded as one of the outstanding athletics coaches of all time and is credited with popularizing the sport of running and making it commonplace across the sporting world. His training methods are based on a ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1917-2004)

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Profession: Coach

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Brad Johnstone


Bradley Ronald Johnstone, known as Brad Johnstone, is a former New Zealand rugby union footballer and a current coach. He used to play as a prop. He first played for Auckland, in 1971, and went onto to play 122 matches for them including captaining them between 1977 to 1981. Johnstone had 13 caps ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Profession: Coach