Education: * UEFA Pro Licence - Football Association of Wales * MSc, Exercise & Nutrition Science - Liverpool Hope University * BSc (Hons), Sports Science - The Manchester Metropolitan University
Languages: English and Spanish
Current Company: Seattle Sounders FC
Current Position: Director of High Performance
Experience Description: * Director of High Performance - Seattle Sounders FC (Washington) (Jan 2018 - Present) * Head of Sports Science - Stoke City Football Club (UK) (Jul 2013 - Jan 2018) - Responsible for the planning, preparation, conditioning and regeneration of all first team players - Development of "One Club, One Philosophy" from First Team through to Academy. - Officially 'the Fittest Team in the English Premier League 2013-14'. - 2 Consecutive 9th placed finishes in English Premier League * Head of Performance - QPR FC (UK) (Feb 2012 - Jun 2013) - Developed & Implemented an Effective 'One Club, One Approach' Periodisation Philosophy - Integrated the Medical, Sports Science, Analysis and Coaching Departments * Head of Performance - Football Association of Wales (Jan 2011 - Jan 2012) - Developed the 'Wales Way' Approach to training with all National Squads - Officially the most improved team in the world in FIFA World Rankings 2011. - 0 injuries, 0 player withdrawals * Head of Sports Science - Manchester City Football Club (UK) (Jul 2008 - Jul 2010) - Developed the "City Way" Approach to Training to Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance. - Europa League Quarter Finals - 2 Consecutive Top 10 Finishes in English Premier League * Head of Sports Science - Blackburn Rovers Football Club (UK) (Jul 2007 - Jun 2008) - Effective Development & Implementation of Team & Individual Periodisation - Europa League Qualification & Experience - 6th in English Premier League * First Team Fitness Coach - Bolton Wanderers Football Club (UK) (Jun 2003 - Jun 2007) - Delivery of all first team physical preparation, conditioning and recovery sessions. - 2 Europa League Campaigns - 4 Consecutive Top 8 finishes in English Premier League
Damian Roden is currently Head of Sports Science at Stoke City Football Club and is one of the most experienced and well-respected fitness specialists in the Premier League.
Like many young boys Damian grew up with aspirations to become a professional footballer, and after fulfilling his goal by playing for both his home-town club Wrexham FC and Columbus FC in the USISL league in America, his focus changed to education and coaching.
He completed a Bachelors Degree in Sports Science, a Masters Degree in Exercise & Nutrition Science and became one of the youngest coaches in the UK to gain the UEFA Professional Coaching Diploma.
As a young football coach and following 6 years working with the FA of Wales where he transformed the delivery of coach education, Damian was recruited to the reputable sports science department at Bolton Wanderers FC by the very well respected Sam Allardyce where he began to introduce his philosophy “every player, fit for selection, every game”
Bolton, a fairly small town on the outskirts of Manchester achieved relative greatness. In 4 years with an ageing squad of players, they were the only team outside the “Big 4” teams to finish in the top 8 of the Premier League every season qualifying for European competition twice.
Damian was then recruited as Head of Sports Science for both Blackburn Rovers FC and Manchester City FC by one of the most forward thinking British coaches – Mark Hughes, who similar to Allardyce at Bolton steered Rovers and City into European competition using the same methods.
In 2010, having been headhunted by the Australian Football Federation to become their Head of Performance and help develop a very well established national team structure, an almost fatal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) suffered during his first training camp with the Socceroos brought the role to an abrupt end.
In 2011 however, the same role was presented to him with his home nation Wales, where he was reunited with colleagues Gary Speed (Bolton), Osian Roberts (FA of Wales) and Raymond Verheijen (Man City). Following an initial developmental period Wales became the most improved team in the FIFA World rankings highlighting the progress made during Speed’s tenure.
More recently, In Damian’s time as Head of Sports Science, Stoke City have had the fewest injuries in the Premier League, (2013-14) and have achieved the highest position and points total in the club’s history of being in the top flight.
Damian wants to inspire many coaches and practitioners and help them on the path to success by discussing his experiences, highlighting mistakes made along the way, success stories and the depth of the philosophy that so many players and coaches have bought into.