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Coach, Hawthorn Football Club.


Alastair Clarkson is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in modern day AFL. His enviable record includes guiding Hawthorn to 26 finals appearances (16 wins and 10 losses) including four premierships (2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and runners up (2012).

Current work

Having recently completed his 14th season as Hawthorn coach, Clarkson has committed to the Hawks until at least the end of 2022.

Previous experience

Premiership: Alastair is renowned for his innovation, leadership philosophies and ability to lead change in the way AFL football is played. He assumed the senior coaching role at Hawthorn in 2005 and set about building a dynasty. After taking the difficult path of culling several experienced players and blooding young talent, success came early with a Premiership win in 2008. Hawthorn has been the pacesetter of the decade including a third consecutive premiership in 2015.

Awards: In July 2017, Alastair coached his 300th game of AFL football, passing the legendary John Kennedy Sr (299 games). Hawthorn’s 2015 premiership win also elevated Alastair to become Hawthorn's most successful premiership winning coach, winning his fourth premiership with the club.

Coach: In 2014 and 2015 the AFL selected Alastair as coach of the Australian team that played against Ireland. It was a huge honour for Alastair and one of the highlights of his career - he was genuinely excited to be leading the very best players in Australia.

Player: His own playing career could best be described as ‘understated’ in comparison to his coaching career. Recruited from Kaniva by the North Melbourne Football Club in 1987, Clarkson made his VFL debut that year kicking the winning goal after the siren in the first of his 91 games for the Kangaroos. He left the Roos in 1996 and played a further 41 games with Melbourne FC.

Education: Alastair is a passionate, family-focussed person with a real interest in the community. A qualified teacher, Alastair also has university degrees in sports science and business, an MBA from Monash University and is one of the nine Leaders in B-School’s Leadership course.

His education combined with a coaching and playing career across four decades, allow Alastair to articulate an array of great learnings that transcend into everyday life.

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