AFL is a game where coaches are judged solely on their ability to win games and it is John ‘KJ’ Taylor’s astounding win/loss ratio as coach of St Mary’s that football fans in the NT continue to talk about to this day.
He coached in the Geelong Football League, St Peters to a premiership in 1981 and after moving north in 1983 began his long and distinguished career as Coach of Saint Mary’s.
KJ’s tenure at St Mary’s began in 1983/84 and he coached Saints for a club record 13 seasons.
KJ was coach of St Mary’s for 252 games in all, won 229 of them, and lost a minuscule 23!
Taylor’s tenure as Saints coach was a veritable flag fest, as he guided his beloved Saints to an astounding 11 premierships over 14 years.
Taylor was Coach of the NT representative side an incredible 18 times winning the Division Two Bicentennial Carnival in 1988, a pivotal moment for NT Football.
Taylor was named Coach of the Back to Cyclone Tracy Team of Two Decades and received the illustrious NT Government Award for excellence in sport in 1994 and 1996.
Awarded Life Membership of the NTFL in 1997 and the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, KJ was inducted into the AFLNT Hall of Fame in 2010, in recognition for his immeasurable contribution to the NTFL.
All great teams need a great coach and the choice was unanimous as KJ Taylor is a Coach in a league of his own. The man chosen to coach the AFLNT Team of the Century is the greatest Coach of 100 years of NT Footy, the great John ‘ KJ’ Taylor.