Darren began his relationship with Leading Teams as an Assistant Coach with the Carlton Football Club in the AFL under the facilitation of Ray McLean. Darren felt aligned to the Leading Teams model and believed passionately in its ability to produce high performance teams and high performing leaders. The work Darren was doing with the Carlton Football Club development academy involved facilitating the Trademark and behaviours which ultimately led to the decision to leave the AFL and join Leading Teams in 2012. Darren is part of the Leading Teams national expansion and is based in our Perth office. Darren has a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) from The Latrobe University, is a Supervisory Management graduate from (Leadership Management Australia), has completed a unit in Executive and Life Coaching at Curtin University in WA and is a Level 3 qualified AFL Football Coach. Darren was a Primary teacher for 10 years in both Western Australian and Victorian Primary Schools. Darren’s Australian Rules Football coaching career has included:
- Senior Coach, Wodonga Raiders FC, winning the club’s first ever Ovens and Murray Premiership
- Talent Program Manager for the NSW/AFL which incorporated Assistant Coach of the NSW/ACT Rams in the TAC Cup and the NSW/ACT Sate 18s (National Champions Division 2, 2000)
- Senior Coach, West Perth Football Club – the team he had captained to a premiership in 1995, being awarded the SimpsonMedal. Darren went on to coach West Perth to consecutive Grand Finals in 2002 (Runner’s up) & 2003 (Premiers)
He then progressed to the role of assistant coach with the West Coast Eagles and coached the forward line to the club’s 2006 AFL Grand Final success. In 2009, Darren joined the Carlton Football Club as the Development and Academy Manager, overseeing the future direction of young players, coaches and the club’s VFL Affiliate, the Northern Bullants. Darren has a proven record in Leadership, winning 7 Premierships in his career as a coach and player. His experience of team dynamics both in education and at all levels of elite sport will prove valuable to clients.
Darren left Leading Teams in March 2017.