Steve Hocking’s association with the Geelong Football Club dates back to the early 1980’s when he joined the club as a hopeful teenage player. He has gone on to be one of the most influential people in the club’s long history, and he was appointed as CEO in 2021.
Hocking rejoined the Cats after a four-year stint as the General Manager of Football for the AFL, a role that encompassed the AFL and AFLW competitions, the laws of the game, mental health, umpiring, talent pathways and the match review panel.
A veteran of 199 games in the navy and white hoops, Hocking retired following the 1994 season. He played in two AFL Grand Finals, and was awarded the club’s most determined player four times.
After a period working in private business, Hocking returned to the club at the end of 2003 as match committee chairman. He went on to fill multiple critical roles during the most successful period in the club’s history, including Football Operations Manager, General Manager Team Performance, General Manager Commercial Operations and General Manager Football.