Francou, 43, will join the Crows from the Sydney Swans where he has been a midfield coach for the past two seasons.
The former tough-nut midfielder played 156 games for Port Adelaide, missing the 2004 premiership due to injury.
Francou replaces forward coach David Teague, who leaves the Crows to join Carlton.
Crows head of football Brett Burton told the club’s website today that Francou’s experience would “complement the skills and qualities that already exist within our coaching group”.
“He possesses an astute football brain, has a background in teaching and will assist in making our program better,” he said.
Francou said he had “admired the Crows from afar for being a strong and well-run club”.
“They have a talented playing list which took them to a Grand Final and I am looking forward to getting to know the players and coaches and working with them,” he said.
“The chance to bring my family home to Adelaide is also a nice bonus.”
Francou joined the Swans in 2013 after several years coaching North Adelaide in the SANFL.
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