Luke Passman – Flexible Leadership & Performance Modeling (New York Mets Strength & Conditioning Coordinator)

Episode 141: Dr Andy McDonald chats to Luke Passman. Luke has over 13 years of experience working within multidisciplinary teams and has led departments in multiple sports, across various countries and cultures. These include professional Baseball, elite level Tennis and Rugby Union, in the USA, Dominican Republic, Spain and England. Most recently Luke has been the New York Mets Strength & Conditioning Coordinator requiring him to lead a team of 11 coaches, working with 7 teams across the USA and Dominican Republic.


In this conversation, Luke discusses his approach to developing coaches and setting department goals. He emphasizes the importance of day-to-day interactions and listening to coaches’ needs. Luke highlights the significance of having clear department goals and aligning individual roles with the collective purpose. He then explains the process of performance modeling and identifying key metrics for performance in different sports. He then emphasizes the need for a robust framework and statistical analysis to determine the physical determinants of performance. Finally he discusses how he organizes his thoughts for programming and the balance between training for capacity and training for transfer


Topics Discussed


  • Listening as a leader
  • Flexible leadership
  • Goal setting/reviewing

Performance Modelling 

    • Identifying what matters
    • Aligning game metrics & physical metrics
    • Capacity v training transfer

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Andy is the Host / Co-Founder of Inform Performance and a dual qualified Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach. Andy is based in Philadelphia & works for Total Performance who provide a multi-faceted, elite level diagnostic, rehabilitation and performance service. Delivered by a team of world leading specialists to organisations in the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, the LTA and England Rugby.