Dr. Duncan French

Dr. Duncan French

Vice President of Performance, UFC Performance Institute

BIO

Dr. Duncan French has over 20 years of experience working with elite professional and Olympic athletes. Prior to joining the UFC, French was the Director of Performance Science at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Before residing in the US, French was a Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport. He has worked three full Olympic cycles, and has been the national lead for strength and conditioning to both Great Britain Basketball and more recently Great Britain Taekwondo’s Olympic program. As a strength and conditioning coach French has coached a host of Olympic, World Championship, and Commonwealth Games medalists, as well as world-record holders from a variety of different sports. For 3 seasons French served as the Head of Strength & Conditioning at Newcastle United Football Club in the Barclays English Premier League.  French has authored or co-authored 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters. He currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.

CREDENTIALS

Formerly Director of Performance Sciences and Director of Strength & Conditioning – Olympic Sports, University of Notre Dame Athletics, USA (2016)

Formerly Technical Lead for Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport (2012-16)

Formerly National Lead for Strength & Conditioning to Great Britain Olympic Taekwondo (2012-16)

Formerly Head of Strength & Conditioning at Newcastle United FC in the English Premier League (2009-12)

Formerly National Lead for Strength & Conditioning to Great Britain Basketball (2005-10)

Fellow and former chairman of the UK Strength & Conditioning Association

Author or co-author of 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters.

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Connecticut, USA (2004)

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