David Whitaker OBE
BEd in Physical Education, 1971
David Whitaker, former hockey international, made over 100 appearances for England and Great Britain. He also coached the Great Britain men’s hockey squad that won gold at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.
David trained at Loughborough in Physical Education, after which he became Head of PE at the prestigious Marlborough College.
After spending 14 years in leadership roles in the education sector, he has since enjoyed a successful coaching career, spanning more than 20 years, and served as Chairman of Sports Coach UK. He is also the author of three books for hockey players and coaches.
In 1989, he co-founded Performance Consultants with David Hemery (Olympic 400m hurdles champion, 1968) and Sir John Whitmore (author of five books, including Coaching for Performance).
He was the National Coaching Foundation’s Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1988, and was awarded an OBE in 1989.
But the 1988 Olympics in Seoul is David’s crowning glory. After winning the bronze medal from the previous Games Whitaker masterminded a successful campaign, that culminated in a famous 3-1 victory over West Germany, winning Team GB’s first hockey gold medal for 68 years.