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Gil Reyes – André Agassi’s S&C Coach for 17yrs

Tony Shield – QUT “Hamstring Group”

Damian Marsh – Queensland Reds Head of Athletic Performance

Gary Gold – USA Rugby Head Coach (former Springboks, Sharks, Bath, Falcons, etc.)

Recorded Zoom Chats

Mike Boyle – Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning

Mike chats about why he feels his degree in the 70s might be ahead of what universities are presenting now… What he has learned over the past 38 years of S&C… How he started his own business and what you should be exploring… Mike also discusses why he *never* squats bilaterally but is comfortable with hang cleans…

Kevin Foote – Assistant Coach, Melbourne Rebels

Kev chats about his transition from international player to club coach to professional, full time coach… And what he thought was important and now what he thinks is important… How he splits his (assistant) role with his head coach (not it’s definitely not traditional!)… How important love (the action and the acronym) is in his rugby teams…

Dan Howells – S&C Coordinator, Houston Astros

Dan chats about his time on the (lonely) road of the World Rugby Seven’s tour… What he has learned since being involved in Baseball… And what He can bring into the sport of Baseball… How he selects and develops his team… And what you can do to improve your chances of career success…

Sally Bailey – High School Long Term Athletic Development

Sally chats about how she started in High Performance and chose to move more into the developmental space… Why she has continued to evolve towards Wellness… What her goals were working in a high school environment… And what she has changed moving from a boys school to a girls school…

Roger Barrow – Olympic Gold Medal Coach, Row South Africa

Roger chats about his process of getting a mentor… Who yells at him (and why he wouldn’t have it any other way)… Why he feels doing well at the Olympics is actually easier than most coaches seem to think… And how he organises his performance team to maximise their talents…

Jeremy Hickmans – High Performance Manager, Queensland Firebirds

Jeremy chats about how he got into the NRL and what Wayne Bennett thought he needed to change… The differences between moving down to the Dragons compared to the moving to the Knights… And what he has learned about himself after being told “don’t come in Monday”…

Stephan Widmer OAM – 5x Australian Swim Coach of the Year (processing)

Stephan chats about his 4-tiered coach development program and how it’s “periodised”… What he learned as an athlete and why it accelerated his coaching career (it’s not what you think!)… His belief in his way or programming and how you can develop that too…

Simon Thomas – High Performance Manager, Crusaders Rugby Union

Simon chats about coaching in a low budget environment and how that helped him in a high(er) budget environment… His evolution with regards to travel and fatigue for athletes… Where he develops his ideas and his paradigms… And how his relationship with his head coach has helped the athletes he trains…

Andy Friend – Head Coach, Connacht Rugby (former Brumbies, Aus 7s, Suntory, etc.)

Andy chats about the differences between Coaching, Mentoring & Consulting… What he learned from his first sacking… And how he committed to apply his lessons as a coach… His thoughts on coaching a new sport and what he as changed in his current position…

Paddy Upton – Performance Coach (former Performance Director at South African & Indian Cricket)

Paddy chats about how he started as an S&C Coach but evolved to become a Mental Coach… How 6 months of backpacking around Asia shaped his philosophies coaching some of the most popular athletes in the world… Why he is particular about who he works with and who he works for…

Julian Jones, Performance Services Manager, AIS

Julian chats about preparing athletes for the Barcelona Olympics (that’s 1992 for you young’uns)… Where he feels weightlifting fits into athletic development… How social media affects his coaching (with one of the best BMXers in the world)… And his experience with high level swimmers…

Andrew Russell, Director of High Performance, Carlton Football Club

Andrew chats about his early start in high performance and how he suspects he was head-hunted because of where he worked, not who he was… The commitment he showed and efforts he went to to show his athletes he cared… And what he learned from winning 4 AFL premierships…

Jeremy Sheppard, Director of Performance Solutions, Canadian Sport Institute

Jeremy chats about the lessons he learned at the Australian Institute of Sport, the Queensland Academy of Sport, Surfing Australia and the Canadian Sport Institute… Why he doesn’t believe in the “stay in your lane” philosophy… And he expands on his “Mutual Ownership of Performance” philosophy…

Joseph Coyne, Director Performance UFC PI Shanghai

Joseph chats about his private facility and why he set it up… What he learned coaching two Under 10sec 100m sprinters… His process for determining what attributes he should focus on improving… What he has learned working with some of the best UFC fighters…

Charlie Higgins, Head of Athletic Performance, Leinster Rugby

Charlie chats about his 3:30am wake ups to get to his coaching… Why he was angry he was denied an opportunity but is now grateful… He reflects on his time at the Western Force… And he shares his coach development program he has at Leinster Rugby Club…

Ashley Jones, former Crusaders, All Blacks, Wallabies, etc.

Ash chats about developing his coaching eye over the reliance of coaching gadgets… The lessons he’s learned from working with the best rugby players in the world… How basketball shaped his philosophy on the relative importance of Strength & Conditioning… And why he no longer considers himself a Strength Coach…

Nick Poulos, GWS Giants High Performance Manager

Nick chats about his early days in S&C, working those long hours… His diagnosis and treatment of cancer and how that affected his future decisions… How coaching in different cultures (Tonga, Japan & Qatar) shaped his coaching philosophy… And what he has learned heading up the program at his second AFL club…

Nicolai Morris – S&C Specialist at High Performance Sport NZ

Nic chats about how she started her experience before she started her degree… And how that might not have been optimal… How she handled the disappointment of a change in structure at a professional football club… Why she felt taking a step backwards helped her leap forwards in her career.

David Watts – Strength & Power Coach, Melbourne Demons AFL

Dave chats about his early development and how having strong mentors helped accelerated his coaching and career… How we got “lucky”… The influence of CrossFit on him and his coaching… Why he is exploring setting up a side business and the discomfort he feels…

Lachlan Penfold – Melbourne Storm High Performance Manager

Lachie chats about his early days coaching anyone and everyone… His transition to preparing athletes for the Olympics… Professional football v Olympic preparation… What he learned while at the Golden State Warriors… And what he still applies one of the most successful NRL clubs…

Ben Cross – Premiership winning Rugby League Player to Brisbane Broncos Defensive Coach

Ben chats about his time at 3 NRL clubs and when he started planting the seeds to become a coach… Where he played his best football and how that affected his coaching philosophy… How he improved his coaching by moving backwards… And he made an important distinction that most don’t understand about being “comfortable”…

Brant Best – Olympic Swimming Coach & Swimming Queensland Coach Development 

Brant chats about the differences in preparing for a World Championship, Commonwealth Games & Olympics (and what is “High Performance”)… What we should be doing for our own coaching development… What he learned from interacting with coaches & sport scientists from outside his sport… What S&C Coaches need to learn about the aquatic environment…

Mark Taylor – Tennis Australia & Ash Barty’s S&C Coach

Mark chats about is progression through the S&C ranks… Why he went to university to get a degree… What he learned working with British swimmers in the lead up to the Rio Olympics… What the sport of Tennis can learn from Swimming (and vice versa)… 3 Things he’d tell a young Mark Taylor…

Brendyn Appleby – Australian Men’s Hockey S&C Coach 

Brendyn chats about how he got his first paid job at the Western Australian Institute of Sport… What he learned coaching multiple sports, both sexes and all levels… He expands on the differences he had to adjust moving into professional rugby… What he would do differently now that he has been with one the most successful Australian teams (Men’s Hockey)…

Daniel Cooper – Elite Military to High Performance Sport (& Mindset)

Dan chats about his progression through the military… His transition to High Performance Sport… What the Military can learn from HP Sport… What HP Sport can learn from the Military… How he kept learning when there was no equivalent of his position…What he has learned about fatigue… And how you can apply this knowledge…

Harrison Westbrook – Nudgee College Strength & Conditioning Coach

Harry chats about his transition from elite athlete to S&C coach… Challenges in the High School setting… What he learned preparing rugby players for the u20 World Cup… What he looks for in a young coach…

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