The LA Giltinis have further bolstered their High Performance Program with the appointment of Senior Super Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach, Michael Stephen as the Club’s new Head of Performance.
Boasting a decorated strength and conditioning career across all levels, from community to the international stage, Stephen has played key roles in performance for the Australian Sevens, Junior Wallabies, and most recently at Super Rugby powerhouse, the NSW Waratahs.
“I am incredibly excited to be joining the Giltinis and working with some of the world’s best Rugby players, as well as some of our local players and coaches” Said Stephen.
“To be joining such a highly regarded coaching cohort is a real honour and to be able to play a role in driving the next generation of US Rugby talent towards the MLR is something that really appealed to me about the role.
“Los Angeles is one of the most prominent sporting cities in the world which demands success, and we’re looking forward to doing that with our Rugby program and making the city proud.”
Recently appointed General Manager Adam Freier said the news of Stephen’s appointment has brought a real energy to the Club.
“Michael is one the games brightest and in demand performance coaches, so we feel this is a huge win for the Club and the Los Angeles Rugby community.” Said Freier.
“We specifically wanted someone in this role that was aspirational and on the rise in rugby, who had a real passion for the game and was able to nurture young rugby talent.
“Michael certainly ticks all of these boxes and having an existing working relationship with our 2021 coaches certainly allows us to hit the ground running, fast, in 2021.
“I see this is one of the most significant signings of the club, as I know his expertise will not only guide the Giltinis to many wins on the park, but will also leave a guiding legacy in our Los Angeles youth and development rugby players, to go on to be MLR and US international stars.”
The Giltinis will kick off their Major League Rugby campaign on the weekend of March 20, 2021, with the team officially forming for pre-season camp from February.