David Parkin

David Alex Parkin, OAM[1] (born 12 September 1942) is a former Australian rules footballer and four-time premiership coach.

David Parkin
Personal information
Full name David Alex Parkin
Date of birth (1942-09-12) 12 September 1942
Original team(s) Melbourne High School
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1961–1974 Hawthorn 211 (21)
1975 Subiaco 8 (2)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria 5 (?)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1977–1980 Hawthorn 094 00(57–37–0)
1981–1985 Carlton 120 00(79–40–1)
1986–1988 Fitzroy 069 00(30–39–0)
1991–2000 Carlton 235 0(140–94–1)
Total 518 (306–210–2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1974.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2000.
Career highlights



Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Pre-football career

He attended Melbourne High School and during his time there, was the school vice-captain and captain of football.

Playing career

Parkin was a tough back-pocket player who played 211 games for the Hawthorn Football Club (and kicked 21 goals) in a career spanning from 1961 to 1974. He won the Best and Fairest award for Hawthorn in 1965, and was captain of the club from 1969–1973, including Hawthorn's 1971 premiership winning side.[2] He represented Victoria 5 times at interstate football.

Coaching career

Parkin went to Western Australia and captain-coached Subiaco in 1975. He was back at Hawthorn as Assistant coach to John Kennedy in 1976. Kennedy retired at the end of 1976 and Parkin was promoted to senior Coach.

Parkin was an innovative coach, first with Hawthorn (1977–1980), becoming only the second person to coach Hawthorn to a premiership in 1978.[2] He coached Carlton in his first stint from 1981–1985, winning back to back premierships in 1981–1982. He coached Fitzroy from 1986–1988, making the preliminary final in his first season at the Lions, but failing to reach the finals in the following two years, returning to Carlton for another stint between 1991–2000. He was named Carlton's Coach of the Century, and is regarded by Carlton supporters as the club's greatest ever coach, during this second stint he won the 1995 premiership. He also took Carlton to Grand Finals in 1993 and 1999 which they lost to Essendon (1993) and North Melbourne (1999),[3] at the end of the 2000 season he retired as Carlton coach and handed the coaching reins to Wayne Brittain.

Parkin then returned to Hawthorn in 2001 as director of coaching under coach Peter Schwab. In 2003 he wrote a controversial article in the Herald-Sun labeling six Hawthorn players as Mummy's Boys because of their lightweight frames. Parkin believed players should be bigger, heavier and stronger. Three of those he listed, namely Michael Osborne, Rick Ladson and Chance Bateman went on to play in Hawthorn's 2008 Premiership.


Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
1961 Hawthorn 33100N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.00.0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0
1962 Hawthorn 271030N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.30.0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A3
1963 Hawthorn 272100N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.00.0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0
1964 Hawthorn 271320N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0.20.0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A0
1965 Hawthorn 2716012071121847N/A0.
1966 Hawthorn 2714052051922443N/A0.00.414.61.416.03.1N/A4
1967 Hawthorn 2715001991721643N/A0.
1968 Hawthorn 2718322431425741N/A0.
1969 Hawthorn 2714322091822726N/A0.
1970 Hawthorn 2719002653029566N/A0.
1971 Hawthorn 2722003133735083N/A0.
1972 Hawthorn 2720002543328767N/A0.
1973 Hawthorn 2715352104225247N/A0.20.314.02.816.83.1N/A9
1974 Hawthorn 271378942912321N/A0.
Career 211 21 23 2199 250 2449 484 N/A 0.1 0.1 13.2 1.5 14.7 2.9 N/A 51

Coaching statistics

 W  Wins  L  Losses  D  Draws  W%  Winning percentage  LP  Ladder position  LT  League teams
Season Team Games W L D W % LP LT
1977 Hawthorn 25187072.0%212
1978 Hawthorn 25196076.0%212
1979 Hawthorn 221012045.5%712
1980 Hawthorn 221012045.5%812
1981 Carlton 24195079.2%112
1982 Carlton 26196175.0%312
1983 Carlton 231310056.5%512
1984 Carlton 241311054.2%312
1985 Carlton 23158065.2%412
1986 Fitzroy 251510060.0%412
1987 Fitzroy 22814036.4%1114
1988 Fitzroy 22715031.8%1214
1991 Carlton 22814036.4%1115
1992 Carlton 22148063.6%715
1993 Carlton 23157167.4%215
1994 Carlton 24159062.5%215
1995 Carlton 25232092.0%116
1996 Carlton 24159062.5%516
1997 Carlton 221012045.5%1116
1998 Carlton 22913040.9%1116
1999 Carlton 261412053.8%616
2000 Carlton 25178068.0%216
Career totals 518 306 210 2 59.27%

Post-coaching career

Parkin is currently a media commentator who has appeared on Talking Footy on the Seven Network and is now a panellist Fox Footy's Fox League Teams and a commentator for ABC Radio.

He is a lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at Deakin University, Melbourne campus. In honour of his significant contribution to Australian society in leadership, sport and education, Deakin University also established the annual David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Australia.[6]

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery in March 2009.[7]


He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2013.[1][8] In 2002 he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[9] He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2010.[10]


  1. "Parkin, David Alex: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  2. Carter, Ron (2 October 1978). "Parkin's Grand Finale". The Age.
  3. Reed, Ron (1 September 2012). "David and the 1993 Grand Final they lost to Essendon. Parkin led a player revolution". Herald Sun.
  4. "AFL Tables - Rodney Eade - Stats - Statistics". afltables.com.
  5. "David Parkin's coaching profile". AFL Tables.
  6. "Australia Day Ambassadors:David Parkin". Archived from the original on 20 April 2013.
  7. Sheahan, Mike (23 March 2009). "David Parkin: My cancer fight".
  8. "Parkin, David, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  9. Connolly, Rohan (21 May 2002). "Five join Australian football's elite". The Age.
  10. "David Parkin". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
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