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Ken Hinkley is an Australian rules manager who 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.
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Ken Hinkley was born on September 30, 1966 (age 56 years) in Camperdown, Australia. He is the son of Australian parents and was born and grew up in Camperdown, Victoria. He is the 7th of 10 children. As a teenager, Hinkley played for the Camperdown Football Club. He is also a cousin of Geelong player Gary Rohan.
Ken Hinkley made his VFL debut in 1987 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.
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 the 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 F inal losses.
Ken Hinkley joined Hampden Football League club Mortlake as coach, where he remained for three seasons after retiring in the 1995 AFL Grand Final. Hinkley returned to Camperdown and coached the 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 under senior coaches Malcolm Blight and Grant Thomas, but he left the club after one season.
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 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.
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. Hinkley served as assistant coach for the Suns in their inaugural season in the 2011 season and the 2012 season. during this period, Hinkley also interviewed for the Richmond, Geelong, and St Kilda senior coach positions but was unsuccessful.
Ken Hinkley was announced on October 8, 2012, as the senior coach of Port Adelaide making him the first coach who 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.
Hinkley led Port to 13 wins in his debut season, 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 as 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.
The Power disappoint ingly 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.
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. 2021 saw another Preliminary Final appearance for the Power, while in 2022 the team slipped out of the top eight, placing pressure on Hinkley for his final contracted season in 2023. Despite the pressure, club officials extended Hinkley’s contract to the end of the 2025 season, shortly after the team locked in a top-four spot and a return to finals.
Is Ken Hinkley married? Ken Hinkley is a married man as of August 2023. He had his wedding with his wife Donna Hinkley in Australia. His wife is a private person. However, the rules football coach rarely speaks about his personal life.
Ken Hinkley Net Worth
How much is Ken Hinkley worth? Ken Hinkley net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a rules coach. Ken Hinkley’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $467,320 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential rules coaches in Australia. He stands at an appealing height of 1.85m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.