MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Alastair Clarkson the coach of the Hawks looks on during the second AFL semi final between Hawthorn Hawks and Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will jet off overseas during the pre-season, leaving his assistants in charge for the final two matches.

Clarkson will take the helm for the first match against Geelong in Tasmania, but will then head to the States to undertake a leadership course at Harvard University.

Cameron Bruce will take over the reigns in the Hawks game against North Melbourne, Adam Yze will coach the side when they face Port Adelaide in Noarlunga, SA.

Football Operations GM Jason Burt says the pre-season competition is a good time to promote growth across the football club.

“While it is a great platform to get some experience into our younger players, we also see it as a chance to help our leaders and assistant coaches develop their skills and experience,” Burt said.

“It gives our assistant coaches exposure to the demands of coaching not only on game day but in the week leading in and taking charge of the football program.

“We’ve felt it’s really beneficial for the growth and development of the guys.”

Hawthorn will also rotate their captain during the JLT Community series, but the rotations are yet to be decided.