Even though his career coaching record with the Richmond Tigers is around .500, Damien “Dimma” Hardwick has received a two-year extension to his contract because of his efforts that have seen the Tigers in the finals over the past three seasons.
The new contract will keep him at the helm through the 2018 season. The deal still requires the approval of the club board, but the board is likely to back the deal that was the effort of chief executive Brendon Gale.
Hardwick obviously brings a culture of winning and an understanding of what is necessary to be successful as the result of his days playing on premiership sides for the Bombers in 2000 and the Power in 2004. He knows the heartache of seeing a perfect season evaporate by a nine-point margin when the Bombers made it all the way to the 21st round without losing until an away game with the Western Bulldogs extinguished that dream of perfection.
At 43 years of age, Hardwick is capable of relating to young players, it being just over a decade since he was himself on the ground. He also has valuable time spent as an assistant at Hawthorn. Richmond has extended Hardwick’s contract twice previously and is in his final year of the two-year extension the club gave him in 2013.