Coach Development

Jerry Flannery (Harlequins Rugby Lineout & Defence Coach)

Episode 100: Ben Ashworth chats to Jerry Flannery the current Lineout and Defence coach at Harlequins Rugby. Jerry is a former Irish rugby union player who during his playing career enjoyed great success with both Munster and Ireland. As a coach Jerry ha…

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Dan Lewindon -Technical & Professional Development (Head of Performance Science & Medicine for the LTA)

Episode 99: Dr Andy McDonald chats to Dan Lewindon the Head of Performance Science and Medicine for the LTA (National Governing Body of Tennis in the UK).  He is responsible for the leadership, management and integration of sports science and medicine in…

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Jesse Wright – Soft skill development (High Performance Consultant, Founder of the Balance The Bar Initiative & Author)

Episode 90: Andy McDonald chats to Jesse K. Wright, founder of the Balance The Bar initiative, is a  high performance consultant, Amazon best-selling author, coach, and public speaker. His career has spanned over two decades in the team sport culture, in…

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Dr Steve Ingham (Supporting Champions Director And Performance Consultant)

Episode 82: Ben Ashworth chats to Dr Steve Ingham a Performance Consultant and the Director of Supporting Champions. Steve earlier in his career was the British Olympic Association Sports Science Manager and then English Institute of Sport as the Head of…

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Phil Glasgow (Performance Consultant and IRFU Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation)

Episode 77: Ben Ashworth chats to Dr Phil Glasgow the Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation at the Irish Rugby Football Union having previously held the position of Head of Sports Medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland for 14 years. He was …

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The Power of Personal Skills

I reflect on my time as a coach since finishing formal education, and try to identify what was most relevant within those teachings, to working in coaching and impacting high performance teams. I can link the underpinning physiology, methods of strength and conditioning practice and the analysis of information, all very clearly as technical impact…

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Sean Smith (Performance Coach at University of Louisville)

Episode 74: Andy McDonald chats to Sean Smith a Performance Coach at the University of Louisville. Sean heads up the internship program at Louisville so in this conversation both he and Andy discuss how he runs and organises coach development at the Univ…

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Nic Gill (All Blacks Strength & Conditioning Coach)

Episode 72: Andy McDonald chats to Nic Gill the All Blacks Strength & Conditioning Coach. Nic has been with the New Zealand Rugby Union / All Blacks for 13 years and is also an Associate Professor of Human Performance at the University of Waikato. In thi…

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Mike Friday (USA Rugby Mens 7’s Head Coach)

Episode 54: Andy McDonald chats to Mike Friday USA Rugby Mens 7’s Head Coach. Mike began his sporting career as a player transitioning from the amateur rugby years into the professional era, before becoming renowned as a coach. He has enjoyed multiple co…

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Nick Winkelman (Head of Athletic Performance & Science for Irish Rugby Football Union)

Episode 50: Andy McDonald chats to Nick Winkelman the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national…

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