Glen Jakovich was one of Western Australia’s highest profile and most respected AFL players.
West Australia’s AFL history would not be the same without the highly regarded presence of Glen Jakovich to enrich its pages. Since joining the West Coast Eagles in 1990 Glen quickly became a champion player, scooping up several accolades and premiership wins. A knee reconstruction marked an abrupt end to his field performance in 1996, but Glen’s retirement from the field didn’t mark the end of his career. Instead, Glen transferred the performer within to the media where he now holds a regular AFL commentary seat with Perth’s Radio 6PR, and national broadcaster Channel Ten.
Glen commenced his football career with South Fremantle Football Club in the W.A. Football League. In 1990 he was drafted to the WEST COAST EAGLES and made his debut for the club in 1991.
He quickly became a champion centre half back and was an integral member of the West Coast Eagles team which won AFL Premierships in 1992 and 1994. The 1992 Premiership was the first time the trophy had been won by a non Victorian team.
Glen was named West Coast Eagles Club Best & Fairest Player in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2000. He was chosen as an All Australian player in 1994 and 1995.
His 1996 season was severely hampered by a knee reconstruction in round 12 and if he had remained uninjured his career would have reached even greater heights.
Glen retired from AFL football in May 2004 having played 276 games for the West Coast Eagles and earned himself a reputation as an exceptional player and team member.
West Coast Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett said “If Glen is not the greatest player ever to play for the Club he is right up there with the champions that have represented the West Coast Eagles since the Club’s inception."
Since retiring from competitive football Glen has carved out a new career in media and is a regular AFL commentator for Radio 6PR Perth and Channel Ten nationally. He is also a regular panel member of Radio 6PR’s daily Sports Central program. He is also a much sought after speaker for corporate, government and sporting events.
After suffering a major injury in the workplace and enduring eight months of rehabilitation to return to work, he intrinsically understands the importance of safe work practices. For ten years Glen was an ambassador for Worksafe through their Thinksafe campaign, earning him the moniker “Glen Worksafe Jako". He continues his involvement with Worksafe, focusing on young apprentice safety and inspiring responsibility and awareness. Glen is well received as a departure from the usual safety spokespersons and his easygoing nature and sense of humour means he relates well to all audiences.
“Glen was very accommodating and wonderful with the audience as he signed jumpers, books & had numerous photos taken. “
Salvation Army Employment Plus
“I can honestly say that it was a true pleasure to have Glen attend, participate and make the event a truly memorable one for our guests; Glen handled himself with professionalism and in a manner that showed his passion for his chosen sport, if you did not know better you would think he was still playing. Glen's insight into his AFL background was intriguing and very informative but his ability to add some light hearted 'moments' really showed his personable side, which I think all who attended, enjoyed immensely."
WA Mechanical Services
“Glen gave a good talk for 40 minutes which kept the gathering pretty well enthralled and listening. It was great to see him arrive early and get involved with meeting the customers he also stayed after the event and mixed in well with the crowd. Overall he was great addition to the night as we were launching a new fencing profile to fencing contractors, which can sometimes not be the most interesting product. The addition of Glen allowed us to mix the event up and keep the customers well entertained whilst they enjoyed a few drinks."
“Glen was great. He rolled up to the event early and mingled with our guests and staff which was greatly appreciated his speech was relevant and demonstrated ample preparation and he finished with a funny story which connected with our audience."
Business Development Executive
“Our 2009 client dinner was a great success and Glen was a terrific speaker who was very well received by our guests. The general feedback was a great speaker, great venue and great company. Glen was also very obliging and stayed to mix and mingle with guests, sign autographs and have his photo taken."
Areva T&D Australia.