David Parkin played 211 games for the Hawthorn Football Club (and kicked 21 goals) in a career spanning from 1961–1974. He won the Best and Fairest award for Hawthorn in 1965, and was captain of the club from 1969–1973. He represented Victoria 5 times at interstate football, and also played in Hawthorn’s 1971 premiership.
Parkin was an innovative coach, first with Hawthorn (1977–1980), winning a flag in 1978. He coached Carlton in his first stint from 1981–1985, winning back to back premierships in 1981–1982. He coached Fitzroy from 1986–1988 with little success, and then returned to Carlton for another stint between 1991–2000. He was named Carlton’s coach in their Team of the Century, and during this second stint he won the 1995 premiership. He also took Carlton to the Grand Final in 1999 which they lost to Kangaroos, at the end of the 2000 season he retired as Carlton coach.
David is a Hawthorn Football club life member. In 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. He is a lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at Deakin University, Melbourne campus. He holds a BEd from the University of Western Australia.
David is a very popular speaker; he uses all of his life experiences, as a player, coach, mentor and teacher to inspire people from all walks of life. His messages and keys to success are very clear… passion, commitment, drive and determination.