Coaching / Development, Performance | Nov 9, 2018 | 2 min read

Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments at the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, XFL, LA Kings, Vancouver Whitecaps, Shelbourne FC, Basketball Ireland and Surrey CCC.
John Portch

Performance Appointments

The Leaders Performance Institute’s weekly review of appointments across global sport.

Major League Baseball’s seasonal slew of offseason  appointments continues. The San Francisco Giants have hired Farhan Zaidi as President of Baseball Operations. The move brings to end end his four-year stint at the LA Dodgers, where he worked as GM under President Andrew Friedman.



Up the West Coast to Washington state, where the Seattle Mariners have made Paul Davis their Pitching Coach. He arrives from the Cardinals, where he served as Minor League Coordinator, to replace Mel Stottlemyre Jr at Safeco Field.

From the storied MLB to the renascent XFL, where former Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley has been named Senior Vice President, Football Operations. A press release said that Whaley will report directly to Commissioner and CEO Oliver Luck.

Over to tennis. British No1 Johanna Konta has hired Dimitri Zavialoff as her coach on a permanent basis. The Frenchman worked with Konta on trial during last month’s Kremlin Cup where she reached the semi-finals. Konta had recently parted ways with Michael Joyce, who guided her to fourth in the world in 2017.

In hockey, the LA Kings General Manager Rob Blake has announced Willie Desjardinsa former Leaders speaker – as Interim Head Coach in place of the fired John Stevens. Marco Sturm has arrived as Desjardins’ assistant, replacing Don Nachbaur on the Kings’ coaching staff.

Major League Soccer is our next destination, where Marc Dos Santos has been appointed Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Canadian, who has a wealth of coaching experience from across North America, Brazil and Portugal, is the long-term replacement for Carl Robinson at the Whitecaps.

Staying with soccer, Ian Morris is the new Head Coach of League of Ireland side Shelbourne. The Dubliner arrives from a two-year stay at Bohemian FC, where he served as both a player and coach.

Also in Ireland, James Weldon is to be the new Head Coach of the senior women’s national basketball team. He will take the reins in January on a deal that runs through until the 2020 FIBA Women’s European Championship.

Finally, we turn our attention to English cricket, where Surrey have named Richard Johnson as Assistant Coach. The former England international was recently released from his contract at Middlesex and has penned a three-year contract at the Kia Oval.

Click here for last week’s appointments.

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