David Rath’s strategic mind and experience in the AFL industry has him with a finger on the pulse to the game’s subtle changes and wider evolutions – and it shapes as a major benefit to the red, white and black.

David Rath isn’t a household name in general football circles.

But those who’ve met him know of his acute footy knowledge, expertise in elite AFL coaching structures and brilliant strategic intellect.

The oft-described ‘football guru’ is one of the game’s sharpest minds and observers, and joined St Kilda as its Head of Football Program prior to Season 2020.  

Rath – who at the time was working at the AFL – was also part of the Saints’ coaching subcommittee who selected Brett Ratten as the club’s next senior coach.

Ratten and Rath worked together at the Hawks for several years, with the pair pivotal figures in Hawthorn’s 2013-15 three-peat.

Now with Ratten at the helm at RSEA Park, the two have joined forces to revitalise St Kilda’s strategy and lead its surge up the ladder.

“Under Ratts’ guidance, we’ve been working on rejigging quite a few things,” Rath told SEN.