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2014 Review: Jonathan Simpkin

After playing in two premierships in two weeks last year, Jonathan Simpkin was the unlucky Hawk to miss out on this year’s triumph.

4:45pm  Oct 20, 2014

2014 Review: Angus Litherland

Season 2014 loomed as a critical one for Angus Litherland after three years on the list without earning a senior debut.

2:31pm  Oct 17, 2014

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Read a wrap of another busy trade period for the Hawks.

2:33pm  Oct 16, 2014

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Alastair Clarkson - Senior Coach

Coaching career

Regarded as one of the best coaches in the AFL, Clarkson has coached the Hawks to two premierships, in 2008 and 2013.

He arrived at the Club at the end of 2004 following a long apprenticeship that included time spent as a runner with Melbourne in 1998 and as an Assistant to Tim Watson at St Kilda in 1999.

In 2000, he coached VFL side Werribee before coaching SANFL side Central District to a premiership in his first year, 2001.

He returned to the AFL in 2003, where he was served as an Assistant to Mark Williams at Port Adelaide before landing the Senior Coaching role at Hawthorn at the end of 2004.

Never afraid to make the hard decisions, it took Clarkson just two years to take the Hawks back to the finals in 2007, before tasting the ultimate success a year later.

A master tactician who loves to innovate and learn from other sporting codes, Clarkson has in many ways changed the game of AFL through the development of zones and "clusters" and leading the way in developing versatility among players.

In 2013 he became the third longest serving coach of the Club, behind John Kennedy (299 games) and Allan Jeans (221).

Brendon Bolton - Assistant Coach

Coaching career

After spending two seasons with the Club's VFL affiliate, Box Hill Hawks, Bolton was appointed Assistant Coach at Hawthorn.

The former Tasmanian has spent most of his time at the Club working with the midfield and has enjoyed great success by becoming a key part of the Club's coaching make-up.

He is highly regarded by the Hawks.



Cameron Bruce - Assistant Coach

Coaching career

Bruce joined Hawthorn first as a Development Coach in 2013, following his retirement from football during the 2012 season.

He impressed as one of the Club's development coaches and was moved into an Assistant coaching role at the end of 2013.

He enjoyed a successful AFL career with Melbourne and Hawthorn, playing 234 games from 2000-2012 and was known for his exceptional kicking skills.



Brett Ratten - Assistant Coach

Coaching career

Ratten joined the Hawks as an Assistant Coach in 2013, following his position as Senior Coach of Carlton.

A highly regarded football person, Ratten brings with him a wealth of knowledge of the modern game and has been lauded for his tactics and ability to relate to players.

He spent two years at Melbourne before returning to his former club, Carlton as an Assistant Coach in 2007. In that same year, Ratten took over the coaching reigns at the Blues as caretaker, before being appointed as the official Senior Coach at the conclusion of the 2007 season.

He took the Blues to the finals in 2009 - his second season at the helm and the first time that club had seen September action in seven years.

Carlton reached the finals between 2009-2011 under the tutelage of Ratten before an injury-plagued season in 2012 ended that run.


Damian Monkhorst - Ruck Coach

Coaching career:

Monkhorst joined the Club as Ruck Coach in 2010, following a stellar career at AFL level.

Known as one of the league's best and toughest ruckmen to play against during his career with Collingwood, Monkhorst has passed on his knowledge to Hawthorn's ruck stocks since his arrival at the Club.


Damian Carroll - Football Academy Development Coordinator

Coaching career

Damian Carroll was appointed Box Hill Senior Coach in 2010 after establishing a strong resume both as a player and coach.

He is the Casey Scorpians games record holder, having played 233 games with VFA/VFL club and was named in the 1990 VFL team of the decade.

His coaching career began with TAC Cup side Gippsland Power in 2008, taking them to the finals in his second and final season as coach in 2009 before becoming senior coach of Box Hill.

Adem Yze - Development Coach

Coaching career

Yze was appointed as one of the Club's Development Coachesat the end of 2013, following two successful years as a specialist coach with the Club.

He brought with him knowledge of a variety of positions on the field and worked as a specialist goal kicking coach with some of the players.

Yze enjoyed a successful 14-season career with Melbourne that spanned from 1995-2008. In that time, Yze spent his footballing career showing his versatility, playing in a number of roles including half back, midfield and forward.

He played 271 games and kicked 234 goals for the Demons.



Brent Guerra - Part-time Development Coach

Coaching career

Guerra was appointed Part-Time Development Coach in November 2013, following his reirement from AFL football after the premiership win.

The dual premiership player brings with him a wealth of experience having played 255 games with three AFL clubs - Hawthorn, St Kilda and Port Adelaide.

In his final year as a player, Guerra completed a Level 2 coaching accreditation course and a diploma of management to complement his experiences with TAC Cup side Oakleigh Chargers where he worked over the past few years.

He will be a valuable addition to the development coaches with plenty of knowledge to pass on.



Marco Bello - Box Hill Senior Coach

Coaching career:

Bello was appointed Box Hill Senior Coach after coaching the Northern Knights to the Semi Final in the TAC Cup in 2013.

He played three seasons with Box Hill as a playing assistant coach from 2008-2010 before becoming Senior Coach of Box Hill’s Development side in 2011 where he also worked with Hawthorn’s development coaches.

He held that position for two years and coached the side to successive Grand Final appearances in which the team won the premiership in 2011.