Former NBA Coach Joins Connacht Backroom Team

Connacht Rugby have appointed David Howard as their head of athletic performance following his departure from NBA side Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Australian has been with the NBA franchise for the last three years and will link up with new head coach Kieran Keane, making the switch to rugby.

Previous to his work in the US, David was a Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Australian Rugby Academy and has a wealth of experience across different professional sports at the very highest level.

Growing up in Australia, David played with the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club from 1999 to 2007.

Commenting on the new appointment Willie Ruane, Connacht Rugby CEO said:

“We are delighted to welcome David to Connacht Rugby. He has a proven track record in strength and conditioning and a great deal of experience when it comes to getting the best out of professional sportsmen at the very highest level.
“David will be in place at the Sportsground for the beginning of the preseason period and we look forward to working with him.”


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