Premiership coach heads back to university

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

3 February 2010: Four-time premiership coach David Parkin will feature as a guest lecturer for Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Bachelor of High Performance (Sport and Business).

Available for the first time this year at the Melbourne Campus, the course is for coaches of both AFL and elite athletes competing at national and international levels.

It is in partnership with the Australian Football League and the AFL Coaches Association.

Dean of the Faculty of Heath Sciences at ACU, Professor Pauline Nugent, said the AFL Hall of Fame coach would be a very welcome addition to the University team.

“This course brings together the University’s expertise in the areas of exercise science, high performance and business management,” she said.

“Mr Parkin, who is both a former Australian rules footballer and four-time premiership coach, has a wealth of knowledge to share with our students and I know they are looking forward to it.”

President of the AFL Coaches Association, Mr Kevin Sheedy, launched the course last year and said it would be one of the first to provide prospective coaches with the appropriate professional qualification.

This degree will also enable coaches to transfer their management and high performance skills into other industries when they retire, he said.