Today's Birthday 8/11

Callum Godde
Former Fremantle Dockers coach Ross Lyon has enrolled in a behavioural economics course at Harvard

Today's Birthday, November 8: Australian football coach Ross Lyon (1966 - ).

Is there another chapter in Ross Lyon's AFL story?

The veteran AFL coach appears set to sit out at least the 2020 season after being sacked by Fremantle.

The Dockers dropped the axe on Lyon in August, ending his seven-year coaching tenure.

Lyon led the club to dizzying, unprecedented heights in his first four years at the helm, including the 2013 grand final and 2015 minor premiership.

But things soured out west as Fremantle missed finals for three straight seasons, culminating in Lyon's exit with a year to run on his contract.

Lyon had spent the past 13 years as a senior coach, six at St Kilda and seven at Fremantle.

But he was non-committal when asked if he wanted to coach again, revealing he'd enrolled in a behavioural economics course at Harvard.

"It will be a fresh of breath air for me (now)," Lyon said.

"I want to keep stretching myself and growing. I feel I've matured.

"If I can keep improving, I've got something to offer somewhere. But I need to go gather myself."

He has since rejected Adelaide's advances as they sought a new head coach, with Crows board member Mark Ricciuto saying Lyon was keen to a have a "rest".

Fremantle superstar Nat Fyfe paid tribute to his former coach on stage after winning his second Brownlow Medal in September.

Fyfe said Lyon had challenged him about his pre-season training, suggesting the onballer was going through the motions.

"That was enough of a spark to really get going," he said.

The Dockers skipper predicted Lyon would be "back in footy circles in years to come" as he's "so valuable to the game".

Lyon played 127 games for Fitzroy from 1985 to 1994 and added two more at the Brisbane Bears before retiring in 1995 due to a bung knee.

He moved straight into the assistant coaching ranks.

Lyon worked under the likes of Robert Walls at Richmond, David Parkin and Denis Pagan at Carlton and finally former Fitzroy teammate Paul Roos at Sydney before being appointed St Kilda's senior coach in 2006.

He took the Saints to the decider in 2009 and 2010, but fell short of guiding the club to a drought-breaking premiership on both occasions.

Lyon has three children with wife Kirsten Woods.