June 9, 2016
Breakers name performance specialist
Julian Haigh has been named the Boston Breakers’ Head of Sports Science and Player Performance, the team announced Thursday.
Haigh was the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Liverpool Ladies FC from 2014 and 2015 and served for Everton FC as a sports science intern. Haigh worked for Widnes Vikings RL in England’s professional rugby league as the first team assistant and head of academy sport science and strength and conditioning.
“This is a positive step for the organization,” Breakers general manager Lee Billiard said. “Player welfare is of the utmost importance to us. Adding a head of sports science and player performance will benefit our players from an overall welfare standpoint relating to health, and aid development of their game through the statistical analysis we can provide players individually and collectively. As we continue to grow as a business, we are able to focus on providing our players with the best environment possible, on and off the field, to aid their progress and overall success. We welcome Julian to the Breakers Family.”
Haigh, a Liverpool native, is a UKSCA accredited Sport Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach and earned a Sport and Exercise Science degree at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011.
“For me, I feel like this is one of the most important appointments on the backroom staff because they can manage the players’ welfare and keep the players fit,” Breakers coach Matt Beard said. “We’ll benefit from having Julian here and the relationship we have with Stadium Performance.
“I worked with him for a short period at Liverpool while I was there. Obviously he’s got great experience working at Everton with the 21s and their academy and also working with the rugby league. He’s going to bring a wealth of experience. He knows the game.”