Damien Patrick Hardwick (born 18 August 1972) is an Australian rules football coach and former player. He has been the senior coach of the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) since 2010. His playing career as a defender comprised 153 games for Essendon (1994–2001) and 54 games for Port Adelaide (2002–2004). He won premierships with each club, in 2000 and 2004 respectively. He coached Richmond to the 2017 premiership, its first in 37 years. In 2019, he led the Richmond Tigers to a second premiership.
Hardwick in June 2017
|Full name||Damien Patrick Hardwick|
|Date of birth||18 August 1972|
|Original team(s)||North Melbourne U19's/Springvale F.C|
|Draft||No. 87, 1992 national draft|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|2002–2004||Port Adelaide||54 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2019 AFL Grand Final.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
- 1 Early life
- 2 AFL playing career
- 3 AFL coaching career
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Honours and achievements
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Hardwick was a key player in the school's football side, which was highly competitive against other private schools in the EIS sports program.
In football, Hardwick was usually on the field for most of the game and known to be a tough, hard working, and versatile player who kept stability in play for his side.
Although he was often outclassed by others on field, his all round abilities were vital to the side.
AFL playing careerEdit
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.
AFL coaching careerEdit
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.
In March 2012, Hardwick agreed to a two-year contract extension.
In 2016 Hardwick agreed to a two year contract extension to the end of the 2018 season.
In 2017, Hardwick coached Richmond to their first premiership since 1980 and their 11th overall with a 48 point victory over the Adelaide Crows.
In 2019, Hardwick coached Richmond to another Premiership and their 12th overall. Richmond beat GWS Giants by 89 points.
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 (142) since records began in 1987, and kept Port Adelaide to their lowest ever score. 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.
Richmond over the next 2 seasons continue to show improvement winning 8 games and draw in 2011 improving that to 10 wins and draw in 2012.
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 the elimination final after the Tigers led by 26 points at half-time, eliminating Richmond from the finals series.
In 2014, Hardwick's team started the year very poorly, having a win-loss record of 3-10 at one stage. But remarkably, the Tigers went on to win their last nine matches of the home and away season to just make it into the finals. Richmond were however beaten convincingly by Port Adelaide by 57 points in the Elimination Final, finishing the season in eighth place.
Hardwick began the 2015 season under pressure to make amends for their past two failed Elimination Finals. It didn't start well, losing 4 out of the first 6 before recovering to finish the season in 5th place with 15 wins, same ladder position and win-loss record as 2013. Richmond came up against North Melbourne in the Elimination Final, but once again failed and Hardwick's team suffered their third consecutive first week finals exit.
2016 was not a successful year for Hardwick as the Tigers finished the season with just 8 wins from 22 games. The highlight was the round 8 win against the Sydney Swans when Sam Lloyd kicked a goal after the siren. They finished 13th on the premiership ladder, their worst ladder position in four seasons.
In 2017, Hardwick coached Richmond to their eleventh VFL/AFL premiership, defeating the Adelaide Crows by 48 points. After becoming the first coach in 37 years to guide Richmond to a Grand Final win in the 2017 AFL grand FInal, Hardwick was chosen as the AFLCA Coach of the Year. He joined a very small group to win three AFL premierships with three clubs as player and coach and ending a 37 Year Drought.
In 2018, Damien Hardwick followed up his successful 2017 season by coaching Richmond to their first minor premiership since 1982. However, Richmond fell short in the Preliminary Final by 39 points at the hands of Collingwood.
In 2019, Damien Hardwick became a two time premiership coach by guiding Richmond to their second premiership in three years and twelfth overall with a resounding 89 point win over GWS Giants.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season
|W||Wins||L||Losses||D||Draws||W%||Winning percentage||LP||Ladder position||LT||League teams|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- North Melbourne Under-19s premiership side 1990, 1991
- Essendon best and fairest 1998
- Essendon premiership side 2000
- All-Australian 2000
- International rules series 2000, 2001
- Port Adelaide premiership side 2004
- Hawthorn assistant coach premiership side 2008
- Richmond premiership coach: 2017, 2019
- Jock McHale Medal: 2017, 2019
- AFLCA Coach of the Year 2017
Hardwick is married to Danielle and they have three children, two girls and a boy.
- "Staff Members". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- 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.
- Vaughan, Roger (26 August 2009). "Hardwick appointed Richmond coach in three-year deal". Perth Now. News Ltd. Retrieved 12 December 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "Tigers re-sign Hardwick to new deal". ABC News. ABC. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "Damien Hardwick gets two-year contract extension". The Age. Fairfax Media. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
- "Most Tackles In A Game (1987–2012)".
- Tigers maul Power Archived 1 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- 2010 results from AFL tables
- Finals-bound Richmond has plenty to prove says coach Damien Hardwick, The Herald Sun, 16 August 2013
- Carlton knocks Richmond out of finals with 20-point MCG win to qualify for AFL semi-final, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 8 September 2013
- McFarlane, Glenn (26 September 2017). "Damien Hardwick caps amazing Tiger turnaround by being named AFL Coach of the Year, following up with victory in the 2017 grand final against the Adelaide Crows". Herald Sun.
- Damien Hardwick's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Damien Hardwick's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
- Connolly, Rohan (19 June 2010). "What have I got myself in for?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 April 2014.