Damien Hardwick

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Damien Hardwick
Damien Hardwick interviewed.jpg
Damien Hardwick (right) being interviewed by Seven Network
commentator Tom Harley during an AFL match in 2013.
Personal information
Full name Damien Patrick Hardwick
Date of birth (1972-08-18) 18 August 1972 (age 41)
Original team Upwey Tecoma YVMDFL / North Melbourne U19's Springvale
Draft 87th overall, 1992
Height/Weight 180 cm / 82 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Port Adelaide
153 (13)
054 0(1)
207 (14)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2010– Richmond 96 (41-53-2)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2004 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of Round 7, 2014.

Damien Patrick Hardwick (born 18 August 1972) is the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club and a former player with Essendon and Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League (AFL).[1]

Early life[edit]

He attended St Joseph's College in Ferntree Gully.

AFL playing career[edit]

Beginning his AFL career with the Essendon Football Club in 1994, Hardwick was known as a tough, solid defender. His aggressive nature sometimes got him into trouble at the AFL Tribunal. He was a crucial part of Essendon's 2000 premiership side.[2]

He was traded from Essendon to the Port Adelaide Football Club and played with the side in the twilight of his career, until his retirement in 2004.[2]

He played a big part in Port's premiership win of 2004, his role in the Grand Final invaluable as he won three free kicks at crucial times, including a reversal against Jason Akermanis which cost the Lion a shot at goal.

AFL coaching career[edit]

In 2005 Hardwick began working as an assistant coach under Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn.

In 2007 Hardwick was shortlisted for the senior coaching job at Melbourne Football Club, however he was unsuccessful, with the position going to Dean Bailey. Following this application he was also shortlisted for the senior coaching job at Essendon Football Club to replace the outgoing Kevin Sheedy however he was overlooked in favour of former Richmond captain Matthew Knights.

On August 25, 2009 Hardwick received his first senior coaching job when he was appointed as the senior coach of Richmond for three years.[3]

In March 2012, Hardwick agreed to a two year contract extension.[4]

On 11 December 2013, club president, Peggy O'Neal, announced that Hardwick has accepted a two year contract extension that ties him to the club at least until the end of the 2016 season.[5]

2010 season[edit]

Hardwick's first season at Richmond did not begin well, with nine straight losses to start the season as well as a few disciplinary issues arising at the club. However, in Round 10 the Tigers had a breakthrough win; defeating Port Adelaide by 47 points in extremely wet conditions in Adelaide. They also set a new record for the most tackles ever made in an AFL match since records began in 1987,[6] and kept Port Adelaide to their lowest ever score.[7] The club went on to win five more games making a total of six in Hardwick's first season. They finished the season in 15th position.[8]

2013 season[edit]

In 2013, Hardwick coached Richmond to its first finals series since 2001, and only its third since 1982. Carlton defeated Richmond by 20 points in this elimination final after the Tigers led by 26 points at half-time and they were eliminated from the finals series[9][10]

Honours and achievements[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Hardwick is married to Danielle and they have three children, two boys and a girl.[11]


  1. ^ "Staff Members". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 293–294. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  3. ^ Vaughan, Roger (26 August 2009). "Hardwick appointed Richmond coach in three-year deal". Perth Now. News Ltd. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tigers re-sign Hardwick to new deal". ABC News. ABC. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Damien Hardwick gets two-year contract extension". The Age. Fairfax Media. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Most Tackles In A Game (1987-2012)". 
  7. ^ Tigers maul Power
  8. ^ 2010 results from AFL tables]
  9. ^ Finals-bound Richmond has plenty to prove says coach Damien Hardwick, The Herald Sun, 16 August 2013
  10. ^ Carlton knows Richmond out of finals with 20-point MCG win to qualify for AFL semi-final, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 8 September 2013
  11. ^ Connolly, Rohan (19 June 2010). "What have I got myself in for?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jade Rawlings (caretaker)
Richmond Football Club coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Sean Denham
W.S. Crichton Medal
Succeeded by
Mark Mercuri