Former captain West Coast Eagles, leadership speaker
Darren Glass is a former Australian Rules footballer who was one of the West Coast Eagles all-time great players and was highly regarded for his leadership abilities during his playing career. He was a champion defender for the Eagles and played 270 games for the club during his 14-year career. Today, Darren is highly sought after and highly respected as a leadership speaker at corporate, government and sporting events.
Originally from Western Australia, Darren began his career with Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), before being recruited by West Coast Eagles with the 11th pick in the 1999 National Draft. He made his debut for the Club the following season in Round 4, 2000 against Adelaide.
Playing mainly as a full back, Darren was named in the All-Australian team on four occasions (2006, 2007, 2011), and as Captain of the 2012 team. During his extensive career with the Eagles he played in a team of well-known stars including Chris Judd, Daniel Kerr and Ben Cousins.
On 9 November 2007 Darren was announced as the new Captain of West Coast Eagles following the departure of Chris Judd who returned to Victoria. Darren was appointed to lead the recovery of the club after a series of off-field scandals.
Darren was captain of West Coast Eagles for 129 matches and is widely acknowledged as an outstanding leader - with only his former coach, John Worsfold (138 games), leading the club into battle more often.
After a successful season playing all 22 matches in 2009, Darren won his second Club Champion Award ahead of fellow defender Shannon Hurn. He followed this up two years later in 2011 when he won his third Club Champion Award and fourth All Australian selection. Darren was also named West Coast Eagles Best & Fairest Player in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
On 12 June 2014 Darren announced his retirement from competitive football due to injury effective immediately. The highly respected club captain said he was physically unable to play another game, battling hip and ankle injuries.
At the announcement of his retirement West Coast Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett hailed Darren as one of the club's most important figures in this era. He believes that Darren's contribution to the club off the field is possibly his greatest legacy and that his leadership held the club together.
In late 2014, Darren joined Adelaide's coaching panel, taking on a part-time role with the Crows' leadership program, working under new head coach Phil Walsh.
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Darren arrived at the event early and spent time with our guests prior to his presentation. He spoke brilliantly and was very engaged with the audience allowing an extended time for questions and answers which was well received by our guests. Darren also stayed for networking post the formalities. Excellent speaker.