Alastair Clarkson - Senior Coach

Regarded as one of the best coaches in the AFL, Clarkson has coached the Hawks to four premierships, in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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 leads the way in developing versatility among players.

He is the longest serving coach in Hawthorn history. 

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