Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments across the NFL, English Premier League and beyond.

Performance Appointments

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

We begin this week with another round-up of hires in the NFL. The first is the promotion of Tennessee Titans Tight Ends Coach Arthur Smith to Offensive Coordinator, filling the void left by the departure of Matt LaFleur to the Green Bay Packers. Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins may have yet to officially announce the identity of  their new Head Coach but they have moved to make Patrick Graham their Defensive Coordinator for the 2019 season.

Graham arrives from Green Bay, where Tom Clements last worked prior to his appointment as the Arizona Cardinals‘ Passing Game Coordinator/Running Backs Coach. Adam Gase continue to fill out his staff at the New York Jets, adding Dowell Loggains as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. Over at the Kansas City Chiefs, Steve Spagnuolo has joined as Defensive Coordinator.

There has been movement in college football too, with Nick Saban bolstering his coaching staff at the Alabama Crimson Tide. Kyle Flood is the program’s new Offensive Line Coach, taking over from Brent Kay, who left for Georgia Tech earlier this month. Sal Sunseri will rejoin the Tide in a defensive coaching position having previously served as Offensive Line Coach between 2009 and 2011.

The NFL’s Cleveland Browns have also bid farewell to Director of High Performance Adam Beard, who has left to take the same post at the Chicago Cubs.

We now cross the Pond to the English Premier League, where earlier this week Huddersfield Town have unveiled Jan Siewert as their new Head Coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal. He arrives from Germany and Borussia Dortmund II, thus making exactly the same move as his predecessor, David Wagner, who did some sterling work during his time at the Terriers. Siewert wasted no time in appointing his assistant, turning to his compatriot Andreas Winkler, who arrives from English League 1 Barnsley.



Down to the English Championship, where new Nottingham Forest Manager Martin O’Neill has wasted no time in adding long-time associate Steve Guppy to his coaching staff. The duo worked together during O’Neill’s tenure as Manager of the Republic of Ireland men’s national soccer team between 2013 and 2018.

Heading east, Michal Bílek is the new Head Coach of the Kazakhstan men’s national soccer team. He succeeds Stanimir Stoilov at the helm of The Hawks. Across the steppes and down to the Indian Super League and Kerala Blasters, who have appointed Nelo Vingada as their Head Coach one month after the departure of the previous incumbent David James.

Rui Faria is back in soccer, taking his first head coaching position at the Qatar Stars League side Al Duhail. The Portuguese, who served as an assistant under José Mourinho at clubs including Chelsea, Internazionale and Manchester United, has signed a one-and-a-half-year contract.

Back to England and cricket’s County Championship, where Durham have named James Franklin as Head Coach and Head of High Performance. Yorkshire have also announced their former batsmen Paul Grayson as their Batting Coach. He is set to relinquish his role as Head Coach of the Kia Super League’s Yorkshire Diamonds and Coach of Durham University’s men’s team.

There has been a restructuring of the England Performance Unit at the Rugby Football League. Paul Sculthorpe has signed up as Rugby League Pathways Coach, while Rugby Director Kevin Sinfield and England Team Manager Jamie Peacock have been handed contract extensions.

Click here for last week’s appointments.

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