Ken Hinkley
Ken Hinkley 2018.1.jpg
Hinkley in April 2018
Personal information
Full name Ken Hinkley
Date of birth (1966-09-30) 30 September 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth Camperdown, Victoria
Original team(s) Camperdown
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–1988 Fitzroy 011 (21)
1989–1995 Geelong 121 (58)
Total 132 (79)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2013– Port Adelaide 178 (103–75–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 16 March 2020.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Ken Hinkley (born 30 September 1966) is the senior coach of the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and a former player with the Geelong Football Club and Fitzroy Football Club.

Early life

Hinkley was born in Cobden, Victoria. He spent his youth in Camperdown as the 7th of 10 children.[1] As a teenager Hinkley played for the Camperdown Football Club.[1]

Playing career

Fitzroy (1987–1988)

In 1987 Hinkley made his VFL debut as a forward for Fitzroy in a match against North Melbourne at Waverley Park. Hinkley did not enjoy his time in Melbourne and was approached by Geelong at the end of the 1988 VFL season.[2]

Geelong (1989–1995)

Hinkley moved to Geelong for the 1989 VFL season and it was at his second club where he played his best football as a rebounding defender. Hinkley walked out of Fitzroy in 1988 and asked for a clearance to Geelong. He stood out of football for the rest of 1988 season before being traded to Geelong for the 1989 season. A half back flanker in the 1991 and 1992 All-Australian teams, Hinkley also won a Carji Greeves Medal as Geelong's best and fairest player in the 1992 AFL season. In the same year he finished third at the Brownlow Medal count, behind winner Scott Wynd and Hawthorn's Jason Dunstall. He appeared in 12 finals with Geelong, including the 1992, 1994 and 1995 Grand Final losses.

Coaching career

Hampden senior coach (1996–1998)

Retiring after the 1995 AFL Grand Final, Hinkley joined Hampden Football League club Mortlake as coach, where he remained for three seasons.[citation needed]

Camperdown senior coach (1999–2000)

Hinkley returned to Camperdown and coached the club to back-to-back premierships in 1999 and 2000, the former as captain-coach.[citation needed]

St Kilda assistant coach (2001)

St Kilda acquired his services as an assistant coach in 2001, but he left the club after one season.[3]

Bell Park senior coach (2002–2003)

The year after leaving St Kilda he took up the role of senior coach of Bell Park in the Geelong Football League and oversaw a premiership in 2003.[citation needed]

Geelong assistant coach (2004–2009)

He resumed his AFL coaching career in 2004, as an assistant coach under senior coach Mark Thompson at Geelong, and was part of the coaching group in their 2007 and 2009 AFL premierships. Hinkley left Geelong at the end of the 2009 season.[4][5]

Gold Coast assistant coach (2011–2012)

At the end of the 2009 season, Hinkley was announced as an assistant coach at the new Gold Coast Football Club under senior coach Guy McKenna.[6][7] Hinkley served as assistant coach for the Suns in their inaugural season in the 2011 season and the 2012 season.[8] during this period, Hinkley also interviewed for the Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda senior coach positions but was unsuccessful.

Port Adelaide senior coach (2013–present)

Ken Hinkley talking to his Port Adelaide players in 2014.
Ken Hinkley talking to his Port Adelaide players in 2014.

On 8 October 2012, Hinkley was announced as the senior coach of Port Adelaide making him the first coach that has not been associated with the club before since Fos Williams. Hinkley replaced Port Adelaide caretaker senior coach Garry Hocking, who replaced Matthew Primus, after Primus was sacked during the 2012 season.[9] In his debut season, Hinkley led Port to 13 wins, which included an elimination final win at the MCG against Collingwood before being eliminated by Geelong in a close game a week later. This came to a surprise to many as Port Adelaide had only won eight games in the previous two seasons combined. For his impressive season, Hinkley was voted as the Coach of the Year by the AFL Coaches Association.

A year later, despite predictions by many that Port Adelaide would miss the finals, Hinkley led the club to a preliminary final finish; having finished the minor rounds in fifth place on the ladder, the Power defeated Richmond and Fremantle in their first two finals before losing to eventual premiers Hawthorn.[10]

The Power disappointingly missed finals in 2015 and 2016 before returning in 2017, only to be eliminated in the first week in an intense Elimination Final against the West Coast Eagles which went all the way down to a kick after the siren in extra-time. Hinkley's contract with Port Adelaide was extended in late 2017.[11]

After guiding Port Adelaide to minor premiership and a Preliminary Final appearance during the 2020 AFL season, Hinkley signed a contract extension until the end of 2023.[12]

Personal life

Hinkley is a cousin of Geelong player Gary Rohan.[13]

Statistics

Playing statistics

Legend
 G  Goals  K  Kicks  D  Disposals  T  Tackles
 B  Behinds  H  Handballs  M  Marks
Season Team No. Games Totals Averages (per game)
G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
1987 Fitzroy 48 10 20 12 79 33 112 39 8 2.0 1.2 7.9 3.3 11.2 3.9 0.8
1988 Fitzroy 22 1 1 3 15 3 18 4 0 1.0 3.0 15.0 3.0 18.0 4.0 0.0
1989 Geelong 39 1 0 0 6 2 8 0 1 0.0 0.0 6.0 2.0 8.0 0.0 1.0
1990 Geelong 39 15 27 25 149 64 213 64 10 1.8 1.7 9.9 4.3 14.2 4.3 0.7
1991 Geelong 29 24 3 10 391 110 501 114 26 0.1 0.4 16.3 4.6 20.9 4.8 1.1
1992 Geelong 29 26 8 7 443 100 543 130 32 0.3 0.3 17.0 3.8 20.9 5.0 1.2
1993 Geelong 29 16 5 7 211 89 300 56 12 0.3 0.4 13.2 5.6 18.8 3.5 0.8
1994 Geelong 29 25 2 4 306 130 436 95 26 0.1 0.2 12.2 5.2 17.4 3.8 1.0
1995 Geelong 29 14 13 14 137 59 196 37 8 0.9 1.0 9.8 4.2 14.0 2.6 0.6
Career 132 79 82 1737 590 2327 539 123 0.6 0.6 13.2 4.5 17.6 4.1 0.9

[14]

Coaching statistics

Statistics are correct to Round 18, 2020[15]
Legend
 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
2013* Port Adelaide 23 13 10 0 56.5% 5 18
2014 Port Adelaide 25 16 9 0 64.0% 3 18
2015 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 54.6% 9 18
2016 Port Adelaide 22 10 12 0 45.5% 10 18
2017 Port Adelaide 23 14 9 0 60.9% 7 18
2018 Port Adelaide 22 12 10 0 54.5% 10 18
2019 Port Adelaide 22 11 11 0 50.0% 10 18
2020 Port Adelaide 18 14 3 0 77.8% 1 18
Career totals 177 102 74 0 55.4%

*Hinkley did not coach the round 6, 2013 match due to an illness.[16]

References

  1. ^ a b Rucci, Michaelangelo (2 August 2013). "The private achiever – profile of Port Adelaide Football Club coach Ken Hinkley". The Advertiser. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  2. ^ Founten, Loukas (10 July 2020). "Blight pays tribute to Ken Hinkley as he achieves AFL life membership". portadelaidefc.com.au. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Ken Hinkley - Senior Coach". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Ken Hinkley - Senior Coach". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Geelong Cats lose Ken Hinkley to Gold Coast". 29 September 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  6. ^ "GEELONG'S HINKLEY JOINS GOLD COAST FOOTBALL CLUB". 29 September 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Geelong Cats lose Ken Hinkley to Gold Coast". 29 September 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Ken Hinkley - Senior Coach". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Port's tough sell of new coach Ken Hinkley". 7 October 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  10. ^ Mastermind season review: Port Adelaide, The Roar 3 October 2014
  11. ^ Ken Hinkley remains in charge of Port Adelaide for the next four years, Port Adelaide Football Club 19 September 2017
  12. ^ "Ken Hinkley signs contract extension with Port". InDaily. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Brownlow fancy Robbie Gray 'the best player in the competition', says coach". afl.com.au. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  14. ^ Ken Hinkley's player profile at AFL Tables
  15. ^ "Ken Hinkley's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
  16. ^ Warren, Stu (4 May 2013). "Kangaroos hand Port Adelaide their first loss of the season". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2018.