David Parkin has over thirty years experience in teaching and coaching education. Originally trained as a primary teacher, he obtained a Diploma of Physical Education from the University of Melbourne in 1971 and a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Western Australia in 1975. He has been a lecturer at Deakin University since 1992, having earlier experience at Burwood Teachers College, State College of Victoria and Victoria College. He is a level 3 Australian Coaching Council accredited coach in Australian Football.
David’s accomplishments as a football player and coach are outstanding. He played 212 for Hawthorn Football Club, captained the team for six years, leading them to the 1971 premiership. He has coached Hawthorn, Carlton and Fitzroy and is one of only fi ve coaches to have coached more than 500 VFL/AFL games. He coached premiership teams in 1978 at Hawthorn and in 1981, 1982 and 1995 at Carlton. He was also Victorian state coach four times and All Australian coach once.
In 2002 he was included into the Australian Football League’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and was an inaugural member of the Hawthorn Football Club ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2003.
David was responsible for the development of Deakin’s Sport Coaching course, the first of its kind in Australia. The course gives students the theoretical and practical skills to coach the sport of their choice. David’s lectures take students to the advanced coaching level, looking at tactics, how human behaviours affect performance, analysing the student’s own coaching performance and conducting performance testing. David invites elite coaches in a variety of sports to give lecturers in the course, widening the perspectives of students.
One of David’s special interests is physical activity in children and he has served on the Board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and is a member of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
He is a great advocate of leadership and mentoring and the transference of sporting leadership skills into the corporate sector and everyday life. Released in 2004 by Pan Macmillan, David coauthored ‘What Makes Teams Work’ which explores the reasons for and the lessons from the highly successful business and sporting teams. He has written or contributed to more than a dozen books on the areas of Australian football, coaching, team work, children’s sport and leadership.
Although no longer coaching actively, David maintains his involvement in sport through providing special comments on ABC radio football broadcasts, acting as an AFL Coach Ambassador mentoring young coaches throughout Australia, providing ongoing mentoring to many past students and motivational speaking in the sporting and corporate sectors. David is a member of the AFL Research Board.