Pacey Performance Podcast

Pacey Performance Podcast #239 - Dave Howarth (Head of Athletic Development at Connacht Rugby)

May 9, 2019

In this episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast, I am speaking to Head of Athletic Performance at Connacht Rugby, Dave Howarth. This podcast sees me speaking to a member of staff from a third Irish provincial team after Adam Sheehan and Aled Walters appeared from Munster and Joe McGinley and Peter Tierney appeared from Leinster. Dave has a really interesting background having moved from Australia to the US, working for Sparta Science and onto the Oklahoma City Thunders in the NBA. From there, Dave moved over to Ireland to work with Connacht Rugby so naturally we spoke about that journey and how working in the NBA has affected his practice in Pro14 rugby.

If you enjoyed this episode you may enjoy episodes with Nic Gill, Tom BatchelorNick Winkelman.

I hope you enjoy this episode with Dave Howarth.

  • Who is Dave Howarth (education, background, current role)
  • Transition from Australia to the US to Ireland
    • Difficult decisions
    • Moving from a commercial environment with Sparta to working direct with a team
    • Cultural differences
      • Adapting to those changes
  • Monitoring systems
    • What you have decided to invest in and what you haven't
    • Implementation and differences across countries and sports
    • Dealing with different budget constraints
  • Cultural differences
    • Building a culture in different countries
    • Staff relationships up the chain
    • Information sharing
    • Managing staff - Keeping them happy

Dave can be found on Twitter @dave_h165

This episode of the Pacey Performance Podcast is sponsored by Hawkin Dynamics, the team behind the worlds only wireless force plate system. Hawkin Dynamics can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @hawkindynamics

This episode is also sponsored by IMeasureU. IMeasureU are a world leading inertial platform to precisely quantify body movement and workload metrics in the field. IMeasureU can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @imeasureu.

This episode is sponsored by BLK BOX, leaders in performance training equipment & facility design. BLK BOX manufacture and distribute a full range of strength training equipment across Europe from their Headquarters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. BLK BOK can be found at and you can follow them on Twitter @blkboxfitness and Instagram @blkboxfitness.

This episode is also sponsored by the team at Notre Dame University and Australian Catholic University who are excited to host their second annual Human Performance Summit. If you want more information on the event, see the image below, visit their information page or follow them on Twitter @UND_HPS

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