Luke Beveridge was signed by the Melbourne Demons from the St. Peters Football Club in 1989. He was a quality rover who had a strong goal sense and very effective disposal skills by hand and foot on both sides of his body. Beveridge won the Demons Best First Year Player Award in 1989 and went on to play 42 Games, kicking 41 Goals during the 1989 to 1992 Seasons.
The Melbourne Demons traded Beveridge to the Footscray Bulldogs in the 1992 AFL Draft. He played 31 Games, kicking 29 Goals for the Bulldogs during the 1993 to 1995 Seasons. At the end of the 1995 Season Beveridge was traded to the St. Kilda Saints, where his father John was Recruitment Officer. He was a successful member of St. Kilda’s 1996 Pre-Season Cup winning team.
Luke Beveridge played 45 Games, kicking 37 Goals for St. Kilda during the 1996 to 1999 Seasons, before retiring as a player. He was part of the powerful St. Kilda teams of the day, which included stars like Lockett, Harvey, Loewe, Burke, Winmar etc. which finished on top of the AFL Ladder in 1997. There is no doubt that this star-studded Saints outfit should have won the ultimate glory during this period.
Beveridge showed high quality coaching prowess when he initially coached in the Victorian Amateur Football Association. In successive years he coached the St. Bedes Mentone Tigers to the C, B, and A Grade Premierships. The Collingwood Magpies ( Luke’s Grandfather Jack had been a star for the Mapies in the 1930’s ) had identified the Beveridge Coaching talent and appointed him Player Development Manager for Seasons 2009 and 2010. His role proved to be most influential in the Magpie’s 2010 Premiership victory.
He took a year off from football in 2011, before being appointed as an Assistant Coach at the Hawthorn Hawks for the 2012 Season, where he specialised in working with the Team’s defensive unit. Once again his highly effective strategies could be seen to the fore during the Hawthorn back- to- back Premierships of 2013 and 2014. Following the 2014 AFL Season, Luke Beveridge had agreed to become the Director of Coaching at the St. Kilda Saints Football Club.
However, on 14th November 2014, the Western Bulldogs announced Luke Beveridge as their new Senior Coach, following Brendan McCartney’s decision to step down from the role. Beveridge has the quality of succeess stamped throughout his Coaching Pedigree, and has inherited a vast array of youthful talent and exhuberance. The Bulldogs supporters should be ecstatic that they have contracted Luke Beveridge to drive their potential to the highest level. Finals Football will once again become a regular fare for the Bulldogs faithful.