Head Coach

Andrew Hodges

NT Thunder Coaching Debut: Rd 1 - 2017 vs Aspley Games as Head Coach: 19

Coach Bio

Born in Adelaide, South Australia the Hodges family moved to Alice Springs when Andrew was five-years-old.

While completing his schooling, Hodges took up baseball, until he was old enough to play in the local football competition. At 17-years-old Hodges moved to Darwin to pursue greater footballing opportunities and was invited to represent the NT at the Under 18 Division Two Nationals.

A modest playing career in the NTFL ensued with Hodges opting to place priority on family and work life.

It wasn’t until he began his coaching career at Southern Districts Football Club in the 2007/08 NTFL season that his real passion for coaching began.

Since then Hodges has won the inaugural AFLW premiership as the senior assistant coach with Adelaide Crows in 2017, two NTFL titles as head coach and two as an assistant, and was an assistant in NT Thunder’s 2015 NEAFL Premiership. He is well recognised for his work with the NT Thunder Academy and for developing and nurturing female and underage talent in the Northern Territory.

In August 2016 he was appointed as senior assistant of the Adelaide Football Club women’s side for the inaugural AFL Women’s season and went on to win the premiership, and in December 2016, Hodges was appointed the fifth head coach of NT Thunder on a two-year contract and in NEAFL 2018 will be his second year.

“NT Thunder is more than a footy club, it’s a representative of the Territory, our culture and our way of life. I feel extremely honoured to coach this team.

“I am passionate about instilling the right culture and attitude in the Club, where everyone has a focus on doing what is best for the team,” Hodges said.

Three Things

My nickname is: 

Hodgy or Hodgo

Favourite sport other than AFL:

Baseball (New York Yankees)

Best piece of advice my mother gave me:

'Be nice to my grandkids'!