Two-time premiership coach Malcolm Blight has taken on a part-time role as director of coaching with Gold Coast.
The Suns have had a dismal 2012 campaign, losing all 13 games to sit bottom of the AFL ladder.
The club re-signed coach Guy McKenna for a further two seasons in May, at a time when their record was 0-8.
Blight will stand down from his position as a director on the Suns' board in order to accept the position, and the 1978 Brownlow medallist said he was excited by the challenge of turning around the club's on-field fortunes.
''I'm looking forward to helping Guy out,'' Blight said.
''Hopefully we can get a feel for what we need in terms of a structure for the football department going forward.''
Blight coached Geelong in three losing grand finals, before winning back-to-back flags with Adelaide in 1997/98.
His last involvement in coaching was an ill-fated stint at St Kilda in 2001.