Ken Hinkley

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

Ken Hinkley
Hinkley in April 2018
Personal information
Full name Ken Hinkley
Date of birth (1966-09-30) 30 September 1966
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 159 (88–71–0) 55.35%
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of Round 23, 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Playing career

Hinkley, recruited from Camperdown, started his league career as a forward at Fitzroy but played his best football with Geelong, where he was used 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 trade 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

Retiring after the 1995 AFL Grand Final, Hinkley joined Hampden Football League club Mortlake as coach, where he remained for three seasons. He then returned to Camperdown and steered his former club to back to back premierships in 1999 and 2000, the former as captain-coach. St Kilda acquired his services as an assistant coach in 2001 but the following year he took up the role of senior coach of Bell Park in the Geelong Football League and oversaw a premiership in 2003. He resumed his AFL coaching career in 2004, as an assistant to Mark Thompson at Geelong. At the end of the 2009 season, Hinkley was announced as an assistant at the new Gold Coast Suns Franchise. Hinkley has also interviewed for the Richmond, Geelong and St Kilda senior coach positions but was unsuccessful.

Port Adelaide Football Club (2013–present)

On 8 October 2012, Hinkley was announced as the senior coach of the Port Adelaide Football Club making him the first coach that has not been associated with the club before since Fos Williams. In his debut season, he 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.[1]

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 is set to expire at the end of the 2021 season, after extending his contract for another three years after 2018[2]


Hinkley is the cousin of Geelong Cats player Gary Rohan.


Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1987 Fitzroy 4810201279331123982.
1988 Fitzroy 2211315318401.
1989 Geelong 39100628010.
1990 Geelong 391527251496421364101.
1991 Geelong 2924310391110501114260.10.416.34.620.94.81.1
1992 Geelong 292687443100543130320.30.317.03.820.95.01.2
1993 Geelong 2916572118930056120.30.413.25.618.83.50.8
1994 Geelong 29252430613043695260.
1995 Geelong 29141314137591963780.
Career 132 79 82 1737 590 2327 539 123 0.6 0.6 13.2 4.5 17.6 4.1 0.9

Coaching statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[4]
 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 231310056.5%518
2014 Port Adelaide 25169064.0%318
2015 Port Adelaide221210054.6%918
2016 Port Adelaide 221012045.5%1018
2017 Port Adelaide 23149060.9%718
2018 Port Adelaide 221210054.5%918
Career totals 137 77 60 0 56.2%

*Hinkley didn't coach the round 6, 2013 match due to sickness.[5]


  1. Mastermind season review: Port Adelaide, The Roar 3 October 2014
  2. Ken Hinkley remains in charge of Port Adelaide for the next four years, Port Adelaide Football Club 19 September 2017
  3. Ken Hinkley's player profile at AFL Tables
  4. "Ken Hinkley's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
  5. Warren, Stu (4 May 2013). "Kangaroos hand Port Adelaide their first loss of the season". Bigpond. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
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