GAINcast Episode 131: The journey (with Lachlan Penfold)

Lachlan Penfold is one of those coaches that has been at the top in multiple sports. In the past few decades he has worked with professional clubs and athletes in the NBA, NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, Rugby 7s, Olympic softball, javelin, baseball, and much more. Currently he is the director of performance for the defending champions Melbourne Storm of the National Rugby League. With most guests on the GAINcast we talk about their coaching journey and then focus on a key point of interest. Lachlan’s journey has been so diverse that on this episode we focus entirely on the journey itself, with a step-by-step look at the things he learned along the way.

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Notes and quotes

As mentioned, Penfold is currently with the Melbourne Storm. He also worked with the Golden State Warriors as they set the NBA record for most wins in a season, helped the Sydney Roosters to an NRL title, supported Australian softball winning Olympic silver, as well as many other top teams along the way.

To hear more about these topics you can listen to the full episode above. If you like what you hear on the GAINcast, don’t forget to give us a review and subscribe on iTunes.

Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:

  • If you liked this episode, you can learn more from Penfold in the HMMR Classroom. Members can watch his GAIN 2014 presentation reflecting in more detail about his time with the Sydney Roosters and how he approaches athlete monitoring.
  • Don’t forget to join HMMR Plus to get full access to our video, article, and podcast archive here on HMMR Media. Our August theme is rugby, with input from some of the world’s best coaches. Just this week we interviewed James de Lacey of Romanian Rugby, and wrote about breaking down the sport. Stay tuned for more.
  • You can find Penfold on Twitter at @lachlanpenfold. He was also a guest on Episode 63 of the HMMR Podcast, where we focused on his transition to working in the NBA.
  • Also don’t miss our latest book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches for more in-depth insights on training from some of the world’s top coaches.