My job at Connacht: Andrew Murphy, academy strength and conditioning lead
Andrew graduated with a Msc in Sports & Exercise Science from the University of Limerick in January 2013. He has provided strength and conditioning support to elite performers in rugby, Gaelic games, soccer, athletics and boxing.
When did you join Connacht?
In July 2014 as Sub-Academy strength and conditioning coach. In December 2014 I progressed to my current role of Academy strength and conditioning lead.
What do you do?
I oversee the strength and conditioning programmes of the Academy and Sub- Academy programmes. This role requires a significant amount of communication with personnel within both academy and the strength and conditioning department.
What's a typical day like?
That all depends on which day of the week it is and college commitments of the players. Some days we will start at 7.0 to cater for players trying to keep up their study commitments, and other days we will start around 9.0. Most days will involve both pitch and gym-based conditioning sessions.
What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy the challenging environment we have, and in particular the players are very enjoyable to work with. I am very fortunate to work within a very supportive Academy environment and a very progressive strength and conditioning department.
Most memorable match?
The home win against Leinster this season. I will never forget the atmosphere at the Sportsground.