David Parkin – Retired Australian Rules Player
David Parkin was one of the most decorated players of Hawthorn Football Club. He earned the Order of Australia.
Born on September 12, 1942, David Alex Parkin was not only a fine player but was also a great coach. Before he started his VFL career in 1961, he was the vice-captain and then captain of Melbourne High School where he received his education.
1961-1974: Hawthorn Football Club
Parkin started his VFL career with Hawthorn Football Club in 1961. He played in back-pocket position and continued to play at the same position until the end of his career in 1974. He stayed with the same club throughout his career and played a total of 211 games out of which he kicked a total of 21 goals. He was appointed as the captain of the club team in 1969 and held the position until 1973. During his career as a captain, he managed to lead his team to a premiership victory in 1971. He won the Best and Fairest award of the club in 1965 and also represented the Victorian State Team on 5 occasions.
Career As a Coach
In 1975, David Parkin went to Western Australia and became the captain-coach of the Subiaco. The following year he came back to Hawthorn as an assistant coach. By the end of the 1976 season, the club promoted him to the position of senior coach. He coached the team from 1977 to 1980 and led the team to a premiership victory in 1978. He was known as a very innovative coach. From 1981 to 1985, Parkin coached Carlton and leads the team to two consecutive premiership wins in 1981 and 1982. In 1986, he was appointed as the coach of Fitzroy and continued in his position until 1988. This time he had little success. In 1991, he returned to Carlton, coached the team until 2000, and led the team to another premiership win in 1995. Carlton supporters consider him as the greatest coach the team ever had. Parkin was also named as the Coach of the Century for Carlton. In 1999, he guided the team all the way up to the Grand Final but unfortunately, the team lost to North Melbourne.
David Parkin retired from coaching career at the end of 2000 season. By that time, he had coached three teams for a total of 518 games with 306 wins, 210 losses, 2 draws and 4 premiership wins. Currently he works as a media commentator. He appeared on Seven Network’s Talking Footy. He is also a panellist of Fox League Teams by Fox Footy. He is also an ABC radio commentator. Parkin also works as a lecturer at Deakin University. He provides lectures on Sports and Exercise Science.
Awards And Achievements
David Parkin was not only a decorated player but was also a decorated coach in VFL/AFL. His awards and achievements are briefly listed below:
- 1965: Best and Fairest of Hawthorn.
- 1969-1973: Captain of Hawthorn Club.
- 1971: Captain of Hawthorn Premiership Side.
- 1975: Captain-Coach of Subiaco.
- 1978: Hawthorn Premiership Coach.
- 1981, 1982 and 1995: Carlton Premiership Coach.
- 1995: All-Australian Coach.
- 2000: Winner of Australian Sports Medal.
- 2002: Inducted into Australian Football Hall of Fame.
- 2010: Inducted into Sports Australia Hall of Fame.
- 2013: Received Medal of the Order of Australia.
David Parkin’s contributions to VFL/AFL will remembered for eons and his fame will outlive him. Parkin will continue to be an inspiration for players and coaches of this game.