Our Great Coach on this episode is Dr David Parkin (OAM) who is a former coach, and former player in the Australian Football League.
David played 211 games for the Hawthorn Football Club captaining the club from 1969–1973, and was a part of their 1971 premiership winning side.
He started coaching with his old side in 1976, leading them to a premiership in 1978. He then coached Carlton Football Club to successive Premierships in 1981 – 1982, and again in 1995.
He is one of just six coaches to have coached over 500 games.
He is also a noted academic and author. He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013. And in 2010 was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
David is an iconic coach, with the type of deep-seated wisdom that only comes from experiencing both the highs and lows of elite sport and life. And in this interview, he talks about both.
He is philosophical and self-reflective, and yet possessive of the pragmatism needed to turn this into action. He is also a life-long learner, and sharer; always available to offer mentoring, or as he calls it, being a critical friend, to those that ask.
David is the author of 5 books on the topics of Leadership, Coaching and Teams, his seminal book looks at the lessons on leadership from the sporting arena that can be applied to corporate teams.
If you would like to send us any feedback or if you know a great coach, who has a unique story to share, then we would love to hear from you, please contact us at email@example.com.
You can also follow us and comment on all our Great Coaches here
YouTube The Great Coaches Podcast channel page
LinkedIn The Great Coaches Podcast showpage