Episode 255: Tom Clough - Head of Athletic Performance at Ulster Rugby

This episodes guest if Tom Clough.

Tom is currently the Head of Athletic Performance at Ulster Rugby.

On this episode Tom and I discuss:

  • Tom's background?
  • Why did Tom intern at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)?
  • How did Tom support himself financially during his internship at MBSC?
  • How did Tom deal with a year out of coaching when he got let go from Bradford Bulls?
  • Who have been Tom's biggest influences on him both professionally and Personally?
  • I ask Tom, what are the good and not so good things he currently see's within the physical preparation field, and what solutions would he offer to counteract the not so good things he currently see's
  • We discuss work-life balance and coaching burn-out
  • What is Tom's exact role at Ulster Rugby?
  • How does Tom create an interdisciplinary coaching staff at Ulster Rugby?
  • How does Tom create an environment for continually feedback?
  • How are final decisions made at Ulster Rugby?
  • How much information does Tom need to present to the Head coach on a daily basis?
  • How has Tom developed his communication and leadership skills?
  • What is a typical day and week like at Ulster Rugby for Tom currently?
  • What does Tom do for his own training currently?
  • How does Tom learn?
  • What are Tom's top and current book recommendations?
  • I ask Tom, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Tom and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Facebook - Tom Clough

Twitter - @TCloughie

Instagram - s21tac


Podcasts Mentioned:

Episode 246: Keir Wenham-Flatt - The future of coaching education

Books Mentioned:

Green lights

Never split the difference 



People and Resources Mentioned:

Huddersfield Giants

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)

Bradford Bulls

Kevin Till 

Ben Jones 

Eric Cressey

EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance)

Hull Kingston Rovers

Ulster Rugby

Mike Boyle

Francis Cummins

Jamie Peacock

Tim Sheens

Dan McFarland

Nick Winkelman 

Joel Smith 

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Jason Cowman

Matt Godfrey

Shane Carney

Mikey Kiely

Matt Maguire

Matt Daniels

Nathan Mill

Gary Vaynerchuk


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