Ken Hinkley was appointed Port Adelaide Senior Coach in October 2012, capping a highly successful career as an assistant coach with a number of AFL clubs.
Hinkley – a dedicated and hard-working defender throughout his 132 VFL-AFL games (11 with Fitzroy and 121 with Geelong) – was destined to serve as a senior coach at AFL level.
His greatest success came at Geelong where he was a part of the coaching group in their 2007 and 2009 AFL Premierships.
He added a further dimension to his coaching, moulding the young playing group at the Gold Coast Suns in their first three years in the competition.
As a player, he was involved in the successful Geelong teams of the late eighties and early nineties - playing in the 1992, 1994 and 1995 grand finals.
Highly regarded throughout the AFL for his ability to build relationships with his players and develop their talent while maintaining a non-negotiable team-first ethos and effective game style, Port Adelaide rose from cellar-dwellers to finals contenders in his first season.
Finishing seventh on the ladder after the minor round having played a season of tough, exciting, never-say-die football, Port Adelaide executed a clinical performance against Collingwood in the Elimination Final.
In just his second year at the helm, the Power rose again to win a club record-equalling eight straight games and book another finals berth against external pre-season predictions.
Port Adelaide won its first two finals - against Richmond at the Adelaide Oval and Fremantle in Perth - to set up a preliminary final with eventual minor premier Hawthorn, losing in heartbreaking style by three points.
After a couple of disappointing years at the helm, Hinkley once again took the Power to the finals in 2017. Finishing fifth, Port hosted the Eagles at Adelaide Oval.
Power fans were once again left heartbroken when Luke Shuey kicked truly after the siren to put West Coast in front.
Hinkley and the football department were very diligent in the 2017 trade period, bringing in six mature-age recruits, while also adding five new draftees to the list for 2018.
2013–current Port Adelaide Football Club senior coach
2010-2012 Gold Coast Football Club assistant coach
2004-2009 Geelong Football Club assistant coach
2001 St Kilda Football Club assistant coach
AFL Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2013)
AFL Premiership assistant coach (2007, 2009)
Clubs: Fitzroy (1987-1988) 11 games; Geelong (1989-1995) 121 games
Debut: Rd 3, 1987 v North Melbourne (for Fitzroy)
Brownlow Votes: 43
AFL Grand Final player (1992, 1994, 1995)
Geelong co-captain (1995)
Geelong Best and Fairest (1992)
All-Australian (1991, 1992)