7 June 2010: Dr Ross Smith, former St Kilda great and Senior Lecturer at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been inducted into the Australian Football League’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Melbourne.
He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the development and growth of Australian Rules football as a player, coach and administrator.
Dr Smith lectures in exercise science at the University’s Melbourne Campus, and was inducted alongside football greats Wayne Carey, Brian Dixon, Stan Heal, Tony Shaw and Gavin Wanganeen.
He said his induction into the Hall of Fame was not just a personal honour.
“It is also one which I share with the clubs for which I played, my teammates and my coach, Allan Jeans,” Dr Smith said. “Because without them you can’t do any of those things.”
His induction marks a long and successful career, with more than 40 years service in Australian sport.
As a footballer, Dr Smith played 234 games for St Kilda AFL football club, kicked 231 goals and played in the 1966 AFL premiership.
He was also playing coach of Subiaco Football Club for two years when it won the WA premiership in 1973. Dr Smith represented Victoria on four occasions and was its captain in 1972.
He won the Brownlow medal in 1967 and went on to coach St Kilda in 1977.
In other key roles, Dr Smith served on the AFL’s national coaching committee for 16 years, served as AIS Acting Director from 1987 to 1990, and was Head of AIS Sport Science, Sports Medicine and Research from 1989 to 1990.
He has also been chairman of the AFL's Research Board since 2004, a body that has played a significant role in the education, coaching and administration of Australian football.