The 4th annual National Coaches Conference will be held at Ballarat Grammar School October 2 and 3 and one the most successful coaches in VFL/AFL history David Parkin has been added to an impressive suite of presenters.

A member of the AFL Hall of Fame, Parkin played 211 games with distinction with Hawthorn before coaching 518 games at Hawthorn, Carlton and Fitzroy, claiming four premierships as a senior coach along the journey.

Considered one of the doyens of coaching and coach education, he has committed countless hours guiding and mentoring coaches across all sports and is a lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science at Deakin University.

Parkin will present a keynote on day two of the conference, joining another respected coaching mentor Patrick Hunt in speaking to the coaches about areas such as leadership, development and growth mindset.

In welcoming one of the legends of Australian coaching, Basketball Australia’s Peter Lonergan said it was a huge coup to have Parkin speak to the coaches at the conference.

“David Parkin is synonymous with coaching excellence and continues to be one of the great minds in how coaches learn, grow and develop their craft,” Lonergan said.

“To have David join Patrick at this year’s conference means coaches will have the opportunity to learn from two leaders who have made huge impacts on the coaching landscape across four decades.

Former NBL Championship mentor and Australian Opals head coach Brendan Joyce will also present at the 2019 event. The former Wollongong and Gold Coast NBL coach, Boomers assistant and Opals leader will present on “establishing the running game” on court.

Joyce is well known to coaches in regional Victoria, having led the Ballarat Miners to SEABL titles in the 90’s and is back at the helm of the Miners in the inaugural season of the NBL1 competition.

He led the Opals to the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics, adding to his Olympic pedigree after being an assistant to the Boomers in 2004 and 2008.

Coaches can take advantage of the “early bird” registration discount for what will be two days of on-court presentations, keynotes, break-out groups and the chance to share information with coaches from around Australia. Presenters include Nico Loureiro (NBA Global Academy), Dave Love (NBA shooting coach), Tracy York (Bendigo Spirit WNBL) and a host of experienced coaches and development leaders.

For more information on the presenters for the 2019 Conference, click here.

Coaches attending the 2019 Basketball Australia Coaches Conference will have the opportunity to learn from an Australian coaching icon with AFL legend David Parkin agreeing to present at the event in Ballarat.

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