Biography

About Adam Owen (Ph.D, M.Phil, BSc HONS)
INTRODUCTION

Throughout his career to date, Adam has developed a unique blend of high-performance coaching experience & attainment of the UEFA Professional Coaching Licence whilst developing a very prominent & active academic profile.

Achieving a doctorate in Sport & Exercise Coaching Science as an active researcher & author in the area of ‘Football Science & Performance’ & combining this with high-performance coaching & sport science roles, Adam has been able to combine his practical & scientific understanding with his experience of the game. This combination has opened up opportunities for him to continue to work within clubs across Europe, in order to integrate a justifiable modern philosophy.

Adam’s experience & knowledge in professional football has seen him undertake & progress from elite youth academy to senior International level throughout his career. Working within & leading successful management & performance departments throughout domestic & European club campaigns (UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League), Adam has also been exposed to working abroad in a European club football setting as well as senior International level (European Championship & World Cup Qualification stages).

As a performance & coaching educator, Adam has consulted to organisations across the World & in addition delivered coach education & mentoring within many national associations. Until recently, Adam was combining his full-time role alongside his work as a Football Science & Performance consultant role for Portuguese & Champions League giants S.L Benfica.

Additionally, up until recently Adam was employed by the Football Association of Wales for between 2009-2018 the men’s senior National Teams Sport Science & Fitness Coach. He was part of the backroom coaching staff who qualified & reached the Semi-Final stage of the European Championships in France, 2016.

Having started his career at Wrexham AFC in a playing capacity & later as a youth team coach, Adam joined Celtic FC where he remained for just over 2 seasons before joining Sheffield Wednesday FC as part of their management team. Having remained at Hillsborough Stadium for over 12-months, Adam returned to Scotland to join Rangers FC mid-way through the 2006-2007 season. As part of the senior management team, he remained at Ibrox for just under 8-years initiating & developing a high-performance sport science department. Adam was described by then manager Walter Smith OBE as a key member of the backroom staff within the football club with with his methods receiving positive exposure during a successful period of the club’s history. During this period, Rangers FC achieved numerous domestic League Championships, FA Cups & League Cups in addition to numerous UEFA Champions League & UEFA Cup campaigns resulting in the UEFA Cup Final 2008 in Manchester.

Upon leaving Rangers FC, Adam took up a fresh challenge at English club Sheffield United FC in a duel role ‘Assistant Manager & Head of Performance’ armed with the task of initiating & developing a High-Performance Sport Science & Medical support network within the club. After a transitioning period at at Bramall Lane, he accepted the offer to move to European club football joining Swiss giants FC Servette based in Geneva on a 3-year contract, again in a duel capacity Head of Performance & Assistant Coach. Within the club, he initiated the well-published & highly regarded ‘FC Servette – Centre for Football Research’ through which came numerous applied ‘Football Science’ publications. Throughout his time at the club, the interaction of science & coaching played a major role in the club both on & off the pitch.

Developing from a playing, coaching, sport science & performance background, Adam has been able to combine his practical understanding & scientific research to form a modern approach.

During the summer of 2017, Adam accepted the opportunity to join SK Lechia Gdansk in the Polish Ekstraklasa after seeing out his contract with FC Servette. Again, joining the club in a duel role of Head of Performance & Assistant Manager, he was tasked with developing a modern approach within the club. Two-months into his contract, he has the privilege of accepting the Head Coach job. Having developed the club’s tactical strategy, forming a B-team structure, forging closer links with the academy and seeing the development & debuts of younger players coming through into the 1st team set-up, Adam was quoted as saying, “…there are only positives to take away from this chapter in my career… it has been an incredible learning curve.” He added, “To go into the club at a young age as head coach, in a foreign environment, to stabilise & leave the club in a better place than I found it was always important for me.” Adam left his position within the club in March 2018 citing a change of club philosophy as the reason.

Adam remains heavily involved in various research projects surrounding ‘Football Science’ & as well as holding an ‘Associate Research’ position for Claude Bernard Lyon.1 University in France, he holds visiting Professorship status as an academic at THEi, Hong Kong, China.