One of Hawthorn’s top ten goal kickers of all-time at the time of his retirement, Ben “Dicko” Dixon is now more commonly recognised for his roles within the media and impressive mentoring and coaching resume.
Recruited from Yarrawonga in 1997, Dicko announced his arrival with three goals in his third AFL game. A further 36 goals in 1998 saw the classy forward establish his place in the Hawks side. Dicko was a factor in Hawthorn’s 2000 and 2001 finals campaign, kicking 80 goals across the two seasons, a highlight being his after-the-siren goal to defeat Carlton before over 50,000 at the MCG in 2001.
Having passed the coveted 200 game milestone, Dicko was among the September action in his final year with the Hawks – a season that no doubt set the club up for its 2008 Premiership run.
Since retiring from AFL Football at the end of 2007, Dicko remains actively involved in AFL ranks having fulfilled a role with the Hawks working as a Development Coach and is currently the Goalkicking Coach at Collingwood. He also hosted Hawthorn’s own TV show, Hawks Kids, which airs on Southern Cross TV in Tasmania and on the club’s website.
Dicko’s on screen charisma picked up through Hawks Kids landed him spots as a panellist on TAC Cup Future Stars for the Nine Network, a Boundary Rider for AFL Live radio, and as a host of AFL Central on BigPond Sports Weekend.
In 2010, Dicko co-founded the now nationwide school holiday youth training camp ‘DraftStar’ with ex-teammate Robert Campbell. He is head coach of the program that provides kids with skills for AFL success.
In 2012 Dicko joined the team at FOX FOOTY where he soon became a firm favourite amongst viewers with his relaxed yet insightful work as a boundary rider on the network’s coverage of both AFL and the Foxtel Cup.
In 2014 he took his television career to the next level when he signed on as Assistant Coach on the first season of FOX8’s AFL competition reality series, THE RECRUIT.
In 2016 Dicko is returning for a second series of THE RECRUIT as Assistant Coach alongside new series coach Mick Malthouse. Once again, the Recruits will have their work cut out as they do their best to impress him in front of goal. If they’re willing to put in the hard yards, Dicko’s got the elite footy experience to take these raw talents to the next level.
Ben currently lives in Melbourne with his wife Kristie and their two daughters, Matilda and Jessie.