Dr. Darren Burgess

Head of High Performance @ Port Adelaide FC

Darren is currently High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club having returned to Australia in November 2012 to take on this role. Prior to this appointment Darren was Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club, having started with the club immediately after the 2010 Football World Cup.

From 2008 till 2010 Darren was employed as Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia as well as the Australian Soccer Team’s Fitness Coach. This included the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Darren has previously worked as Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football Club (2004-2007) and Assistant Fitness Coach with Sydney Swans in the AFL (1997-2000), as well as Head Fitness Coach with the Parramatta Power in the Australian National Soccer League (2002-2004).

Darren worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University in Sydney between 1997 and 2005 and completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer in 2012. Darren has had multiple papers published in peer review journals and has spoken at many international conferences. Darren is also a Nike Trainer