Performance Coaching Webcast

in partnership with PLAE

July 2019

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Teaming Up With PLAE

Setanta College is delighted to announce an exciting partnership with PLAE. This partnership sees us working closely with the VP of Performance and Education for PLAE, Ron McKeefery.

We share PLAE’s vision of equipping, educating, and inspiring coaches and athletes around the world. And by partnering with industry-leading organisations, we’re ensuring our students are always at the cutting edge of performance coaching. Through this partnership we will welcome two PLAE coaches to our Master of Science in Performance Coaching, which ensures we will refine our delivery to achieve practical, industry-relevant standards, and answer the requirements of those in the field.

The PLAE Perform staff, led by McKeefery, is composed of highly experienced coaches that have worked alongside elite athletes and S&C departments across the globe. Their collective expertise and passion drives PLAE’s reputation for delivering credible, dynamic training to athletes of all skill levels.

Our goal is to produce graduates capable of making the world’s most innovative sports-tech and sports science accessible and relative to all. We look forward to working with PLAE to deliver on this.

Hear From Leaders In The Field

Dr. Liam Hennessy during his days working with the Irish Rugby Football Union.

As part of our partnership with PLAE we will begin by discussing ‘The Advance of Absolute Preparation within Performance Coaching’.

Performance Coaching: the discipline where the biological and behavioural sciences are integrated within a coaching environment to support athletes’ preparation, performance, and welfare within their chosen sport or physical activity.

Sport attainment and human performance endeavour operate within a fast-moving environment. Every sport and physical exercise related activity constantly reaches out to science and the art of coaching to enable its participants perform to their utmost.

In recent decades, we have seen the emergence of heart rate monitors and physiological sensors, the rise of GPS tracking, smart movement sensing clothing and wearables, computer analytics software, force, velocity and power output measurement, the internet of things related to performance, wellness and participant welfare, and many more innovations.

The growing presence of technology within sport and exercise performance is here to stay and this poses a number of challenges for us as coaches. We need to constantly keep abreast of changes in technology while we also seek to hone the ‘softer’ skills that are essential in communicating, managing, and coaching.

Technology aside, actual coaching skills required to make meaningful change, that result in better performance and welfare of the participant, need to be addressed. And therein lies the challenge; to bridge the gaps between the competencies to appropriately apply technology and advances in methodologies with the ‘softer’ skills to competently and effectively manage and coach.

Register your details below to hear our expert panel discuss the art, science, and craft of coaching. We will also formally introduce you to our groundbreaking Master of Science in Performance Coaching.

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Webinar Speakers

Liam Hennessy is the founder and President of Setanta College. He is a qualified physical education teacher, exercise physiologist, and strength & conditioning coach.
Liam has worked with a number of professional football teams in Europe over the last 3 decades and was the Chief Exercise Physiologist to the Irish Olympic Team at the Atlanta Games. Liam was fitness trainer to Pádraig Harrington for his three Major wins and continues to train Pádraig to the present day.
He is best known for his work within the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) where he developed a world-class system of player development and support within the areas of strength and conditioning, injury rehabilitation, sports nutrition, and medical care.

Dr. Joe Warne, Programme Director of our Master of Science, is an elite athlete, coach, and scientist. He specialises in data analytics, biomechanics, and physiology. Joe is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in the transition to minimalist footwear with respect to performance and injury risk reduction.

Coach McKeefery, M.A., MSCCC, CSCS*D, is the VP of Performance and Education for PLAE and has been working as a strength and conditioning coach at the Professional and Collegiate level for over 20 years. McKeefery was named Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in 2008 & 2016, and has had the privilege of working with over 80 players that have gone on to play in the NFL. In addition to a successful coaching career, McKeefery is also the best-selling author of CEO Strength Coach and Weight Room Wisdom.


Des is Head of Sports Medicine and Athletic Development at Arsenal FC having previously worked with the IRFU as Fitness Education Manager. Des also worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team. Des is also a tutor with the IRFU, UKSCA, and a tutor trainer with World Rugby. He has a keen interest in the area of long-term player development and is a renowned speaker at conferences around the world.

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Liam Hennessy, Joe Warne, Des Ryan, and Ron McKeefery discuss the art, science, and craft of coaching. This is a unique opportunity to hear from coaches from both sides of the Atlantic and learn from industry-leading experts.

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