- Head of sports medicine & athletic development
- Aughrim, County Galway, March 24, 1975
- Bsc, ASCC, BASES (HPSA), CSci
- Joined Arsenal
- February 2013
Des joined Arsenal in February 2013 after a successful strength and conditioning career in the rugby world.
Des worked for the IRFU as fitness education manager and his responsibilities involved managing the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for IRFU strength and conditioning coaches and managing the fitness development structures for rugby players in under-19 sides and below.
Before this, Des worked as head fitness advisor at Connacht Rugby from 1998 to 2008. During this time he had worked with the Ireland A rugby team for three years and assisted with the Ireland senior team.
Des is also a tutor with the IRFU, UKSCA and a tutor trainer with the International Rugby Board. He has a keen interest in the area of long-term player development and has presented at many conferences around the world over the last few years.