Dean Harriton - Head Trainer

Dean has completed his Masters in Sports Science Majoring in Strength and Conditioning. 

Dean has a degree in Sports Studies majoring in Coaching, holds a Level 2 Senior Coaching License with Football Federation Australia, he holds a level one Cricket Coaching License with Cricket Australia. He is a level 2 Sports Trainer with Sports Medicine Australia and also he is a member of Sports Medicine Australia. He is an accredited Punch Fit Trainer with Punch Fit Australia. Dean is a qualified lifeguard and a swimming instructor. 

In 2014 Dean was appointed the First Grade Head Strength and Conditioning Coach coach at Saint George Football Club and also in 2014 he will be the u10's SAP coach in the Saint George Football Association.

In the 2012/13 season Dean Harriton was appointed the Saint George U18’s Head coach. Also in 2013 Dean was appointed by the Saint George Football Association as Head Coach of a U9’s team in the state’s Skills Acquisition Program (SAP).

In 2011 Dean was invited to Spain on a coaching course with Football NSW. They gave him the opportunity to discuss his philosophy on football and strength and conditioning with some of the best coaches in the world. In the practical aspect of the course the coaches was actually allowed inside the training facilities of the Spanish Federation, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid CF and RCD Espanyol. The course was able to have lectures from the above clubs as well as Villarreal CF and Rayo Vallecano. As a result of this three week intense coaching course the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has awarded Dean a certificate in the "Formative teachings of the Spanish Football Federation".   

Dean has played and worked professionally with numerous football clubs over the last ten years. In the 2010

season Dean was involved with two clubs, Sydney Olympic FC and Maccabi Hakoah. As a coach at Sydney

Olympic he was heavily involved in the u20’s successful season making the semi finals and finishing third.

At Maccabi Hakoah he had been brought in to work as a sports trainer/head strength and conditioning coach

for their 1st grade and reserve grade squads. He also coached in their academy with Barry Walker, he

continued to help them rebuild there club with the appointment of 1st grade head coach for the 2011 season

Mark Robertson.

 

2010 Dean helped escort a squad of Elite Footballers to Europe and London. Where he met and discussed

philosophies with coaches from some of the biggest clubs in the world; Ajax, AZ Alkmaar, FC Groningen,

Club Bruges,  FC Utrecht, Queens Park Rangers (London) and Tottenham Hotspurs (London) just to name

a few. On the tour many different insights and coaching techniques were observed and noticed from these

clubs as he traveled throughout Europe. Dean has acquired invaluable knowledge of how football needs to

be taught to youth players so they can have the skills and techniques to follow their dreams of becoming

professional footballers.


In the 2009 season Dean was appointed by Football NSW the u11’s and u12’s Project 22 Head Coach for

the Sutherland Region. This has taken place over 42 weeks of the year with the best young aspiring

footballers in their age group from the Sutherland region. He had been coaching them for state team

selection in 2010.

 

Dean in 2011 and 2012 was appointed Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the women’s players

based in NSW at Cricket ACT. He implemented strength and conditioning programs specific to each

player’s goals to ensure they were prepared for the national competition every weekend. He was in regular

communication with players and coaching staff in Canberra and Sydney to make sure they achieved the

programs goals. The women competed in T20’s, one day games and 50 over matches.

 

Before working with Cricket ACT, Dean worked with Cricket NSW as the Junior Women’s Head Strength

and Conditioning Coach for their High Performance Squads. He had been in this roll for two years helping

kids across the state as well as the Emerging Breaker squads. He had been flown out to different regions

within NSW to meet with Coaches and Athletes alike. During the strength and conditioning sessions

that he ran and planned, he discusses various topics associated with strength and conditioning for cricket

that involve the actual cricket ball. This helps the coaches and athletes understand more on how to be sports

specific with their conditioning, by involving the cricket ball in his sessions.


Sports specific practices are very important when conditioning athletes in a certain sport. Being involved

with these two massive cricket organizations, showed Dean many different aspects that he can use in his

teachings with young and up and coming cricketers aspiring to reach the top.