The Hawthorn Football Club is pleased to announce that Alistair Clarkson has been appointed senior coach for the next two years.
Clarkson will start his tenure at Glenferrie Oval immediately.
The Club will hold a media conference in the Crimmins Room today with Clarkson, president Ian Dicker and interim CEO Jason Dunstall.
Clarkson, 36, has served an enduring coaching apprenticeship with VFL side Werribee, St Kilda, Central Districts in the SANFL and most recently two years at Port Adelaide, where he was responsible for the midfield in 2003 and the forwards in 2004.
Clarkson coached Central Districts in the SANFL from 2001-2002, taking them to a premiership in 2001 and finishing runner-up in 2002.
In 2000 he coached Werribee as well as being the club’s marketing manager.
He spent the 1999 season as an assistant coach at St Kilda.
A strong and aggressive half-forward, Clarkson played 93 games with North Melbourne from 1987-95 before being traded to Melbourne, where he added a further 41 games from 1996-97.
After retiring from AFL football, Clarkson stayed at Melbourne as conditioning coach and runner in 1998.
Clarkson has a Diploma of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Sport Science from Deakin University and was a PE teacher at Wesley College from 1990-94.
He also has a Masters in Business Administration from Monash University.
Clarkson is married with two children and is expecting his third child any day.