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Head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union

Nick Winkelman is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. His primary role is to oversee the delivery and development of strength & conditioning and sports science across all national (Men and Women | XV’s and 7’s) and provincial teams (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, and Ulster).

Prior to working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education and training systems for EXOS (formerly Athletes‘ Performance), located in Phoenix, AZ. As the director of education, Nick oversaw the development and execution of all internal and external educational initiatives.

As a performance coach, Nick oversaw the speed and assessment component of the EXOS NFL Combine Development Program, and supported many athletes across the NFL, MLB, NBA, National Sport Organizations, and Military.

Nick completed his PhD through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a dissertation focus on motor skill learning and sprinting. Nick is an internationally recognized speaker on human performance and coaching science, and has multiple publications through the UKSCA, NSCA, IDEA Health and Fitness, Human Movement Science, and Routledge. Nick’s new book, The Language of Coaching, is scheduled to be released late 2019 by Human Kinetics.