Alex Hampton – Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars

Alex is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Jacksonville Jaguars in the National Football League. Prior to working with the Jaguars, Alex worked with 2013 Orange Bowl Champions, the Florida State University Football Team.

Educated at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, Alex interned at the Richmond Tigers Football Club and the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Contact Alex at or follow him on Twitter: @AlexWHampton

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Andrew Small – Exercise Physiologist & Physiotherapist at SportsLabs NYC

With Volleyball Australia, Diving Australia & the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on his resume, and having successfully trained and treated elite athletes in Australia and New York we are proud to have Andrew contribute to

Follow Andrew on Twitter: @Andrew_Akira 

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Brad Stoffers -Nashville Junior Predators Hockey Coach

Brad Stoffers is a hockey coach in Nashville, TN and has been coaching for over 7 years with athletes from youth to professional. Since graduating from Boston University’s Institute for Athletic Coach Education in 2010 he has also spent time working to help educate coaches of all sports as an Assistant Professor at Ohio University, the Institute for Sport Coaching, Metro Boston Coaches Academy, and Up2Us. In addition to his coaching he enjoys playing all sports and being active outside.

Follow Brad on Twitter @CoachEducation

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Brendyn Appleby – Head of Conditioning, Australian Men’s Hockey

Brendyn has worked in elite strength and conditioning with a diverse range of athletes, having spent seven years at the Western Australia Institute of Sport and eight years at the Western Force Super Rugby team.  Currently, he is the Head of Conditioning with the Australian Men’s Hockey team, the Kookaburras.  He is also pursuing a PhD in the transfer of bilateral and unilateral resistance training to athletic performance through ECU.

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Chad Pearson – Associate Director of Football Strength & Conditioning, University of Minnesota

Prior to working with Golden Gopher football, Chad was an Assistant Sports Performance coach at Northern Illinois University (2008-2010) assisting with Football and directing Baseball, Softball, Wrestling, and Women’s Basketball.  He earned his Master’s Degree as a Graduate Assistant at Southern Illinois University.

Chad was a two-sport athlete in college, playing Football and running Track at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

Contact Chad at or follow him on Twitter: @chadpearson42

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Dan Palmer – Super Rugby, Wallaby & French Top 14 Rugby Prop

As a player, there are few better resumes than Dan’s.

  • NSW Waratahs (Super Rugby)- 2008-2010
  • ACT Brumbies (Super Rugby) – 2010-2013
  • Wallabies – 2012
  • FC Grenoble (French Top 14) – 2013- present

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Darren Roberts – High Performance Manager RedBull UK

Darren was a military parachutist from 1989 to 1998, before leaving to pursue a career in strength & conditioning.  Darren worked his way from fitness instructor in a gym, through personal training eventually working with premiership rugby and football teams.

In 2002, Darren began to work with Red Bull UK on various high performance projects with its athletes.  In 2008 he established and ran the Red Bull UK High Performance Programme until 2013.  He was responsible for delivering and facilitating all high performance services to the vast range of athletes, from medical to strength & conditioning.  In 2013 he was awarded ‘High Performance Team of  The Year’ at the Innovation Enterprise Global Data Summit.

Darren joined the Harris & Ross team in January 2014 and is now delivering the high performance services to elite action sport athletes from all over the world, using our state of the art facilities. He provides and facilitates elite performance management services; physical, medical, technical, and psychological for extremely demanding and unique athletes doing extra-ordinary feats.

Alongside his work with athletes Darren regularly presents at performance and medical summits all over the world.  He has presented on performance and rehabilitation to NASA, Nike, British Association of Sports & Exercise Medicine, European College of Sports & Exercise Medicine and many others.  He also writes for various action sports magazines and websites on his work with extreme sports.'

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David Hodge – High Performance Coach

David Hodge is experienced enough to have made the mistakes you’re about to make. As a career coach he loves competitors, sport, getting better and winning.

Previously, as the Head National Tennis Coach – Queensland he oversaw elite player development and the National Academy in the state from 2007 to 2012. In that time, the program produced 42 National Champions, 38 Australian representatives, and 11 Australian Institute of Sport players.

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David Watts – Strength & Conditioning Coach, Queensland Academy of Sport

A well respected Strength & Conditioning Coach, David Watts has reach Level 3 (the highest in level in Australia)  in the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association accreditation system.

Having achieved success in training Athletes in a wide range of sports, from hockey to volleyball, golf to diving and football to softball, David is also an engaging presenter who was asked to speak at both the ASCA Conference and the Junior Sport Science Symposium.

David has consistently tried to make a point of applying theoretical knowledge into practical application. This skill was recognised at the 2015 ASCA Conference where he received the “Best Senior Investigator Poster” award for his investigation of the physical determinants of success in elite female hockey players.

Follow David on twitter @DaveWattsAU.

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Dick Gould – The John L. Hinds Director of Tennis, Stanford University

Dick was the Men’s Tennis Coach at Stanford University for 38 years from 1966–2004. His Stanford men’s tennis teams won 17 NCAA Men’s tennis Championships, and 50 of his players earned All-American honors. He was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s “Coach of the Decade” both for the 1980s and the 1990s.

During Dick’s tenure as Head Coach at Stanford, 9 of his Stanford players, including John McEnroe (17 Grand Slam Singles titles), went on to be ranked among the top 15 in ATP world singles rankings. He also coached 14 players who have reached the top 10 in ATP world doubles rankings, including No. 1 ranked doubles players, John McEnroe, Jim Grabb, Jonathan Stark, Alex O’Brien, Jared Palmer and Bob and Mike Bryan. Stanford players have won 56 Singles and Doubles Grand Slams.

Contact Dick at or follow him on Twitter: @Dick_Gould

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Dr Martin Toms – Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching

Martin Toms is a senior lecturer in Sports Coaching in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Martin has been involved in sport coaching and development for a number of years, and has experience of teaching in schools, as well as coaching (professionally) prior to undertaking posts at University. He has researched, presented and published in the area of the sports experiences of young people, and talent and participant development.

As well as working on an European and International scale with sports organisations, Martin has maintained his links with grass roots sports clubs in the UK as well. Follow him on Twitter @DrMartinToms.

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Emily Nolan – AIS Strength & Conditioning Coach

Ms Emily Nolan has been a coach within the Australian Institute Network for the past decade.

She has worked with a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports from development through to the elite level including the Olympic Taekwondo Team, Track & Field – Throws, Judo, Field Hockey, Netball and Soccer.

She is a Level 3 S&C Coach, an “Elite” coach in the ASCA pro-scheme, as well as being an accredited Weightlifting, Sports Power, Track & Field (Throws) and Boxing coach.

In 2014 Emily was awarded the Bruch Walsh award, which is the highest accolade for S&C coaches in Australia, for her services to the industry, in particular her leadership in establishing a Women’s Coaching Network to raise the profile and create opportunities for female S&C coaches within the Australian system.

Follow her on Twitter @MizmLe.

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Eric Krause – Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Eric is a passionate Strength & Conditioning Coach who uses his range of skills to improve the physical capacities of the athletes in the women’s basketball, volleyball and golf teams; as well as the athlete in the men’s soccer, tennis & golf teams.

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Glenn Ottaway – CEO, Mackay Cutters

Glenn Ottaway is an educator at heart. he began his career as a PE teacher and he progressed to Head of Department at numerous high schools. He has coached in a variety of sport at all levels including time as a strength and conditioning coach in the QAS system. As CEO of the Mackay Cutter Queensland Rugby League Organisation he led the team to its first Championship season in 2013 as well as a healthy business position. He is known for building a strong culture and high performance environment and can be seen volunteering his time refereeing at the junior level in Mackay.

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Grant Stephensen – Head Coach, Australian Universities Rugby League

Grant is the current Australian Universities Rugby League Head Coach and has led the Kangaroos through 3 successful World Cup campaigns.

He is also the Head of Department of Physical Education at Marsden State High School. He oversaw two leading Rugby League programs at Marsden and Harristown all while leading his staff in Health and Physical Education as the Head of Department, Year Level Coordinator and School Sports Master.

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Ian McKeown – Head of Athletic Development at Port Adelaide FC

Internationally recognised in the research field (Ian’s PhD thesis is titled ‘Power development and Movement Ability in Junior Athletes‘) and in the coaching field (having successfully worked at the AIS, Sports Institute in Northern Ireland and was Head of physical preparation for Women’s FFA National team), Ian is on of Australia’s (yes, we’re claiming him!) most learned practioners.

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Jarrod Presland – Business Development Manager & Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jarrod has worked in Sport for over 15 years in Australia, England and New Zealand with development through to elite level athletes.

Personal highlights include the 2003 RWC with Manu Samoa, winning the 2006 WRWC with the Black Ferns, the Wallaroos best ever result coming 3rd at the 2010 WRWC and the experience of attending the 2013 7’s RWC in Russia.

Based in Brisbane, Jarrod currently works for technology company CSx Ltd ( who provide concussion management solutions for grassroots to professional sports teams while still keeping a hand in S&C.

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Jeff Janssen – Expert on Sports Leadership, Janssen Sports Leadership Center Founder

Widely considered one of the world’s top experts on Sports Leadership, Jeff Janssen is the founder and president of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center.

Jeff’s pioneering work on sports leadership development with student-athletes and coaches has led to the creation of cutting edge Leadership Academies at North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Arkansas, LSU, Pitt, NC State, Colorado, Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest, Baylor, Houston, Colgate, Lafayette, Holy Cross, Boston University, Loyola, Fordham, George Washington, Colby, St. Francis Xavier, Winston-Salem State, and Lehigh.

A prolific author, he has authored numerous books including The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual, Championship Team Building, Jeff Janssen’s Peak Performance Playbook, How to Develop Relentless Competitors, The Commitment Continuum™ System, and The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches.

Jeff also is the co-founder of Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC). SALSC’s mission is to catalyze and connect current and former college student-athletes who want to use the leadership skills to change the world. The organization raised over $185,000 and built or refurbished schools for impoverished communities in Kenya, Ecuador, Chicago, and New Orleans.

Jeff is passionate about his purpose of helping coaches and athletic administrators develop the world’s next generation of leaders on and off the playing fields!

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Joey Scrivano – Baylor University Associate Director of intercollegiate Tennis and Head Women’s Tennis Coach

In his 11 seasons with Baylor University Joey Scrivano has put his Lady Bears among the nation’s elite, along with being the top program in the Big 12 Conference nearly every season. He has led BU to nine Big 12 regular-season titles, a current string of six out of eight Big 12 Tournament titles, and nine consecutive NCAA Championship appearances, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 2008 and 2011.

Joey has compiled an astounding 107-10 (.915) mark in the Big 12, along with a 260-79 (.767) mark overall as the leader of the program. In his time at BU, he has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year four times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2013) and the ITA Regional Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2008, 2010).

Joey arrived at BU from the University of South Alabama, where he led the women’s tennis team to three-straight conference championships, a 60-18 record, and a like number of NCAA Tournament berths in his first three years as a head coach.

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Jorge Cavajal – Sports Performance Coach

Having worked as an Assistant Strength Coach at the University of Florida (back in the 80′s) and a Graduate Assistant Coach at the University of Nebraska (in the early 90′s), Jorge broke away and set up his own private training. With over 20 years of experience, when he talks we should listen.

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he has prepared athletes for the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NHL & NBA.

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Justin Keogh – Associate Professor & Strongman Competitor

Justin Keogh is an Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Bond University and has adjunct appointments with Auckland University of Technology and the University of the Sunshine Coast.  He has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Board of Directors of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports for many years.  He has supervised about 20 Honours, Masters and PhD students to completion on strength and conditioning topics for performance enhancement/injury prevention in athletes as well as in improving health and quality of life of older adults and cancer patients.

At the ripe old age of 40, he still competes in strongman competitions, with his favourite events being the truck pull, farmers walk and log clean and press.

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Lachlan Penfold – Premiership winning Sydney Roosters High Performance Manager

Lachlan has been involved in elite sports performance for 20 years, having worked with many athletes and teams across a wide variety of sports.  He has worked with over 80 Olympic athletes over 4 different Olympic Games, with many of these athletes achieving medal success.

Within the Professional sports arena he has been in charge of the Physical Preparation for 3 of Australia’s major football codes of Rugby Union (Reds), AFL (Lions), and Rugby League (Sydney Roosters).  Most recently he was the Head of Performance for the Sydney Roosters as they took out the 2013 NRL Premiership and Minor Premiership.

He is always seeking ways to become better and learn from others.

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Matt Howley – Strength and Conditioning Coach, Notre Dame University

Matt has worked for years for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Athletic Department in all sports.

Howley has received a Bachelor’s of Exercise and Sports Science from Deakin University in 2009, and achieved his Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University in 2010.

Prior to goming to Notre Dame, Howley worked at the Easter Ranges Football Club (Australian Football) as a Strength and Condition Coach from 2007-2009, and then was a High Performance manager from 2009-2011. Howley started at Notre Dame as an intern within the Strength and Conditioning department in 2011, and previously volunteered as a strength and conditioning assistant at the Hawthorn Football Club (AFL).

Contact Matt at or follow him on Twitter: @MattHowley

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Pete Wilkins – Queensland Reds Assistant Coach

Originally from the UK, Peter has worked for Queensland Rugby since 2007. Having held the roles of Regional Rugby Manager and State Education Manager at QRU, he progressed to the position of Performance Analyst with the Queensland Reds in 2011.

In his current role of Assistant Coach, Peter’s responsibilities include Defence, Individual Skill Development, and the Reds Wider Training Squad. Away from the Super 15, Peter coached Queensland ‘A’ to an unbeaten 2013 Pacific Rugby Cup campaign, and the Premier Grade squad at the GPS club in Brisbane to the 2013 Grand Final.

Passionate about ongoing coach development and exploring examples from other codes as well as non-sporting organisations, Peter is constantly pursuing not just ‘what’ to coach, but especially ‘how’ to coach.

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