Meet A Mentor…Dean Fouache
This week I want to introduce to you a mountain of a man and great mentor at Strength and Conditioning Education, Dean Fouache. Apart from asking him how tall he is, I did find out more important information about him…
Dean is an award winning strength and conditioning coach with thousands upon thousands of coaching hours under his belt. He is currently completing an MSc in Strength and Conditioning, is UKSCA accredited and he won the UKSCA Coach of the Year (Youth Sport) in 2014! Dean won the award for his work with children with Cerebral Palsy who have had the life changing Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation. This work included improving strength & motor control but also importantly each child’s confidence. What a fantastic achievement but it also highlights that S&C coaches are also involved in many other projects outside of sports coaching.
Rugby League isn’t Dean’s only sport.
In 1999 he was part of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) Academy of Squash that won the British University Squash Championship. He was also part of the Devon & Exeter squash team that won three Devon Cup and three Devon league titles from 2001 to 2006.
In 2007 Dean undertook his first official strength and conditioning position for Project Mayhem’s Mixed Martial Arts Team in Exeter and here he coached fighters from novice level through to full international fighters. Following on from this, in 2009, Dean worked for Celtic Crusaders and the Wales RL Academy squads where he never lost an International game to England!
2011 was a big year for Dean when he was the Strength and Conditioning coach to the Full Wales International Rugby League Team, and it was at this time he helped prepare them for the Four Nations tournament.
Dean has been providing his strength and conditioning services to Rugby League since 2010, working with the Wales Rugby League National U16’s & U18’s squads and also South Wales Scorpion Rugby League Club.
Over the past 18 months he has been working with Newport RFC as the 1st Team Strength and Conditioning Coach, preparing them for the demands and challenges of Rugby Union within the Welsh Premiership. Concurrently, Dean is working as an S&C Consultant as Russell Sword’s Fencing Club where he provides coaching on the athletic development & performance enhancement of fencers from youth beginners level through to Full Welsh & GB internationals, including Megan Ware who won a Silver Medal at the 2015 Fencing Commonwealth games in South Africa.
More recently, Dean has undertaken a new role as a Performance Coach with Hintsa Performance, based in Geneva Switzerland. Hintsa Performance is the creation of Dr Aki Hinsta, an Orthopedic & Trauma Surgeon who has not only worked as Chief Medical Officer for a number of Formula 1 teams for over 10 years, but also with athletes who have won more than 100 World Championship and Olympic medals including the best long distance runner to ever walk the planet, Haile Gebreselassie. No doubt we will be hearing more about Dean and the great work he is doing with athletes across the world.
I think it’s safe to assume that Dean knows his stuff doesn’t he?!
And across a variety of sports too! Dean has worked with hundreds of clients from different backgrounds and he is equally at home coaching elite level athletes, injury rehab, private clients for fat loss or aesthetics, right through to competitive fitness models.
How cool would it be to be mentored by someone like Dean?!
Being part of the mentorship programme means you can tap into the brains of the mentors and discover what they did (and are still doing) to succeed within a competitive industry. They can tell you about the mistakes they made and how you could avoid making the same errors. They give you direction and focus when you need it but they can also give you that extra push to aim high and go for it! Believe me when I tell you this as I’m speaking from experience. Without this mentorship I wouldn’t have had the pleasure and opportunity to network and learn from some of the best S&C coaches out there right now. I know how competitive this industry is and if you stop learning, you get left behind. Very quickly.
So if you don’t want to get left behind, what can you do about it?