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Darren Burgess, Head of High Performance


Darren Burgess returned to the Port Adelaide Football Club in October 2012, five years after his first stint at Alberton and with an enhanced international reputation for guiding and building elite athletic performance.

With a Doctorate in movement analysis in Australian Football and Soccer, Burgess is a highly regarded high performance manager not only in Australia but internationally as well.

Burgess lectured at the Australian Catholic University in exercise science between 1997 and 2005 while working as an assistant fitness coach at Sydney, with the Australian Olympic soccer team as a video analyst in Athens, and then as the head fitness coach of the Paramatta Power in the National Soccer League.

He joined Port Adelaide following its 2004 premiership and would hone the fitness ability of the playing group as its head of high performance over three season, eventually helping the club to a second grand final in 2007.

Burgess then joined the Football Federation of Australia as the governing body's head of sport science, and worked with the Socceroos during its 2010 World Cup campaign. 

He then joined the world-famous Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League as its head of fitness and conditioning for three season between 2010 and 2012, before rejoining Port Adelaide along with new senior coach Ken Hinkley in 2013. 

at a glance

Professional Career

2013 – current Port Adelaide Football Club (AFL) high performance manager
2010 – 2012 Liverpool Football Club (EPL) head of fitness and conditioning
2008 – 2010 Football Federation of Australia head of sports science, including 2010 World Cup with Australia.
2005 – 2007 Port Adelaide Football Club (AFL) head of high performance
2002 – 2004 Parramatta Power (National Soccer League) head fitness coach
2004 Olympics with Australian soccer team (video analyst)
1997 – 2000 Sydney Swans Football Club (AFL) assistant fitness coach
1997 – 2005 Australian Catholic University lecturer in exercise science

PhD in movement analysis in AFL and Soccer