The Brisbane Lions' stocks are a bit slimmer with assistant coaches Mark Harvey and Adrian Fletcher leaving the club.

Harvey had been with the club for the last two seasons as a senior assistant and took over as interim head coach for the final three games of the 2013 season after Michael Voss' sacking.

He has plenty of coaching experience having served as Fremantle's head coach for four years.

He was also also a deputy at Essendon for eight years and has been heavily linked with a return to the Bombers.

Adrian Fletcher is moving on after serving six years as a Lions assistant as well as a 107-game Brisbane career.

In their wake, Peter Schwab, the AFL's current director of coaching, has been handed a newly-created title as head of coaching and development at the Lions.

"It's an absolute thrill to be back in the AFL system, in particular with the Brisbane Lions and working alongside Justin Leppitsch and Dean Warren," Schwab said in a statement on the club's website.

"I've always had a desire at some point to get back in the AFL system and felt this was a great opportunity with a new coach and good young team.

"I feel really refreshed and am excited about the challenge ahead."

Brisbane's general manager of football operations Dean Warren says Schwab's coaching experience will be a boon for the club.

"We are absolutely delighted to secure Peter's service," Warren said.

"Peter has a proven track record in elite sport and his past experiences as a senior coach and most recently as the AFL director of coaching will prove invaluable.

"I was extremely impressed by Peter during the senior coach selection process and clearly the club made an impact on him.

"It's a great result for the Brisbane Lions."

Former Western Bulldog Mitch Hahn will step in to a development coaching role with the club, leaving a similar role at the Magpies.

 

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