Michael Malthouse born August 17, 1953 in Ballarat began his football career at Wendouree West, then North Ballarat.
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.
Fast forward to 2011 which marked Malthouse's 12th and final season at the helm at Collingwood, after being appointed senior coach in 2000. After making the tough decision to retire at the end of 2011, 2012 saw Malthouse embarked on an entirely new journey as Vice-Chancellor Fellow for La Trobe University and an entrance to the world of media through a variety of media channels. However, after a year off from coaching, an equally important decision was made to get back into the game as the senior coach of Carlton Football Club, the challenge on offer too good to pass up.
With his 30th year of coaching behind him, Mick entered an amazing record-breaking year in 2015 where he coached his 715th game.
The milestone will now be commemorated alongside premierships, finals, epic clashes, team building, player development, coaches box antics and media battles as Mick is remembered as one of the all-time masters of the game.
Michael is a proud husband, father and now grandfather to Zac, Holly, Lillia, Tom, Grace and Denver.
Why Mick drives a Lexus from Lexus of Brighton?
"When it comes to performance I expect nothing but the best. That's why I drive a Lexus from Lexus of Brighton". Michael's values both on and off the field represent the essence of what Lexus of Brighton aim to achieve day in and day out. Our mission is to continually strive to meet or exceed the world's best practice in every function, in every department of our dealership.
We stand for the highest ethical standard that guides everything we do. The development of our people is essential to our growth and future success. It is, as Michael says "Whether you are a coach of a team of athletes at any level, or a leader of a business team, you must get to know the different personalities of your charges. You must respect the individual." At Lexus of Brighton we reflect on this value and we will provide training and education to encourage team work and professional advancement of all our staff.
It is our continuous encouragement, forward thinking, long term relationships and continuous improve of our people and our company that stems us ahead of others.