The Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks are pleased to add Dr Stephen Bird PhD, BHMvt(Hons), CSCS, RSCC*E, ASCA-L3, AEP, RNutr. into our Performance Staff as a Senior Performance Science Advisor.
Dr Bird comes with a wealth of experience in international sport, and will be working alongside our existing Strength Coach Kurtis Ashcroft, who returns for a third season with the Rocks.
And he is welcomed to the organisation with a few familiar faces in Gareth Murray, Jonny Bunyan, Ali Fraser & Fraser Malcolm having been the Senior Performance Scientist for Basketball Scotland during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in which the Rocks core lead the team to the medal rounds.
He also worked with Former Scotland Coach Rob Beveridge during his time with the Illawarra Hawks, as well as having worked with the Townsville Crocodiles & Perth Wildcats.
Currently, Dr Bird is the Senior Performance Consultant for the Indonesian Olympic Committee & simultaneously, Director of Strength & Conditioning at the University of Wollongong.
Coach Kurtis Ashcroft said: “I’m extremely excited to work with Birdy once again, he is a great friend and mentor to me, and I know many of the players will benefit from what he has to offer to them! He is one of the best in the business, and I look forward to having him assist us with directing the players into a physical league of their own!”
Dr Stephen Bird added: “This is a wonderful opportunity to assist Kurtis and the playing group at the Rocks, one that I am looking forward to. My initial discussions with Lewis and Kurtis demonstrated the importance the organisation is placing on staff and player development, that is an area that I feel strongly about and I am excited to contribute to the overall goal of optimising player development and performance.”
We look forward to having Dr Bird working with us as we look to gain an athletic edge in the fight to end the Rocks title drought!