As a strength and conditioning coach you have not only one, but many roles that are not stated on the job description.  Although we facilitate much more the question often arises how much does the strength and conditioning coach really have a right to take in terms of their percentage of the high performance athlete pie?

And the athlete pie has a lot of ingredients.  When I talk about pie, I talk about the facets of the high performance athlete.


And in truth there are many other components that I have not mentioned, these are only a few major components of what it really takes to be or become a high performance athlete.

With strength and conditioning in mind I use the bang from buck approach. For all the athletes who I work with, my approach is simple: I begin as a teacher hoping to help them to master the craft of self-awareness and self development.  If I can instil in an athlete the capability to tune into their body, and allow for them to understand how to move to function at an optimal level, then my job is more than half way done.   And my proportion of the pie is magnified as the results come, even when not working directly with the athlete.  Our time is limited with any athlete so if you can provide them the tool of self-mastery this will optimise the output for when you are a ‘coach’ and for long after you're gone.

Strength and conditioning is only a single aspect of what is required to truly be an athlete. Coaches have the ability to influence athletes and give them greater tools to take and apply in their chosen discipline. 

It is much more than simply lifting weights.

Darren Rowland

Darren Rowland joined ESS in 2013 after being accepted as one of twelve interns in the ESS Coaching Mentorship Program. Darren showed great enthusiasm and promise as a coach and after successfully completing the twelve month internship, secured the role of Assistant Coach for the ESS Athlete Development Program.

In 2014, Darren was appointed a full time role as Strength and Conditioning Coach for ESS and was promoted in 2015 to a Senior Coaching Position working alongside the Head of High Performance for the Athlete Development Program. Currently Darren manages the AFL, cricket, fencing, and snow sports programs together with assisting high grade motorsport and athletics programs. Combining the knowledge gained through his education background, with his practical experience and expertise as a coach, Darren takes a strong approach to biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control as well as exercise rehabilitation. Darren is committed to ensuring his knowledge and practices are cutting edge by regularly keeping up to date with the scientific literature and continuing education programs. His commitment to continued self-development as a coach ensures he is at the forefront of performance programming for athletes. This commitment has enabled Darren to work with an extensive list of athletes from grass roots level to national and international representatives.

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