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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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.
- 3:00 – Introducing Lachlan
- 6:00 – Australian baseball
- 10:00 – Visiting Vern and learning from a mentor.
- 15:00 – Moving from baseball to athletics and endurance sports: “Track and field is ultimate challenge for the performance coach: it is about you, the athlete, and what you do with them. “
- 17:00 – Learning to be flexible with training plan.
- 21:30 – Meeting Kelvin Giles: “Kelvin taught me weaving the threads of training together. Training doesn’t have to be separatist. And also that delivery is key, you don’t need a fancy program if you have good delivery. “
- 24:45 – Queensland Reds (rugby union): “Sometimes you only get experience by making dumb mistakes and learning from it. You read something in a textbook, but until you do it you don’t learn it. “
- 30:30 – Coaching Joanna Stone and the javelin. “She was always overcoming setbacks, so I assumed she was a mentally strong athlete. And she was in many ways, but she had a moment of vulnerability. You have to train different scenarios. “
- 38:00 – Australian softball: “You can have the most talented players in the world, but if they don’t want to work hard you won’t have success. “
- 45:30 – Brisbane Lions (AFL): “As a head of performance I did a poor job because I was trying to do everything; I had good staff but I didn’t allow them to show their skills and abilities. You can define the philosophical framework, but let people do their job under it. “
- 54:15 – Sydney Roosters (rugby league): “GPS can form the basis of a program, but it shoulnd’t dictate the program. “
- 1:05:00 – Australian 7s Rugby
- 1:06:30 – Golden State Warriors (NBA)
- 1:09:45 – Melbourne Storm (rugby league)
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- 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.
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- 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.