Dr Adam Owen Moves to the Seattle Sounders FC

One of our faculty members Dr Adam Owen is on the move. Seattle Sounders FC recently announced the hiring of Adam Owen in a dual role of High Performance Director & Technical Advisor.

One of our faculty members Dr Adam Owen is on the move. Seattle Sounders FC recently announced the hiring of Adam Owen in a dual role of High-Performance Director & Technical Advisor.

Adam has over 15 years of experience as a fitness coach, assistant manager and manager that he brings to Seattle, where he will now oversee the sports science and performance programs for the club across all levels, additionally advising the club on technical matters.

“We are very happy to bring in Adam Owen, who comes to Seattle with a glittering resume after years of coaching in Europe” said Sounders FC General Manager & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We think he can make us better with the versatile skillset he brings to the club.”

After serving as the Head of Performance at Rangers FC of the Scottish Premier League from 2007-2013, Adam accepted a dual role of Assistant Manager and Performance Director with English side Sheffield United for the 2013-2014 campaign.

He then joined the staff at Swiss club Servette FC from 2014-2017 and the Polish side Lechia Gdańsk from 2017-2018, both in the same dual role.

Two months into his time at Lechia Gdańsk, Owen was promoted to Head Coach, where he served the rest of the season.

Following his time in Poland, Owen joined as an Assistant Coach with Hebei China Fortune FC of the Chinese Superleague, where he spent two seasons before coming to Seattle.

Dr Adam Owen and Football

Dr. Adam Owen on Joining the Seattle Sounders

I’m very excited to come to Seattle and join a championship club like Sounders FC,” said Adam.

After working for a number of clubs across Europe in my career, I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to Coach Schmetzer’s staff and helping Sounders players develop at all levels.”

Adam served on the Wales National Team management staff from 2009-2018 as the Men’s National Team Sport Science & Fitness Coach under Brian Flynn, Gary Speed, Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs. He also holds a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science from Lyon 1 Claude Bernard University in France, in addition to a UEFA Professional Coaching License.

An Exciting Club Addition

“Adam is a welcome addition to our coaching staff and I look forward to consulting his versatile expertise,” said Head Coach Brian Schmetzer.

“We are already seeing the benefits he brings to the club and look forward to more once the Orlando tournament begins.”

Prior to his coaching career, he enjoyed a decade of playing experience in Wales and Scotland, including his hometown club of Wrexham, where he began his coaching career while still playing.

He also spent time as a fitness coach and youth coach for Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday before accepting his post at Rangers, where he gained coaching experience in the UEFA Champions League and helped the Scottish giants to an appearance in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final.

“Adam has a great track record in leading club performance departments and has a coaching background, holding a EUFA Pro A License,” said Sounders FC Vice President of Soccer & Sporting Director Chris Henderson.

“We are looking forward to adding him to our experienced staff as we get back to play in 2020.”

Dr. Owen has many lectures on our platform and was a major contributor to our brand new Soccer Training Load Management Report.

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