Darren is both a practising Athletic Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a desire to see the worlds of therapy and performance training collide. He is passionate about bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance. Darren combines his clinical skills, strength and conditioning knowledge, and years of experience to build robust and resilient athletes.
Originally from Toronto, Darren honed his skill set while working for the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, as their first full time Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2006 to 2012. During almost seven full seasons, Darren helped build an athletic development program for the Montreal Canadiens’ prospects, many of whom have now gone on to have successful NHL careers. During Darren’s time with the Bulldogs the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals twice and won a Calder Cup in 2007. In 2013, Darren was named Director of Performance Conditioning at Fortius Sport and Health, a multi-million dollar high performance facility in Burnaby, BC. In this capacity, Darren led a Strength and Conditioning staff and trained high performance athletes, including various Olympians, the National Women’s Soccer team, and several NHL players. Currently, Darren is Owner and Director of Propulsion Performance Systems. Propulsion Performance Systems has provided high performance consultative services to various national sport organizations, as well as professional and amateur athletes across Canada and the United States.
Darren earned an Honours Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Certificate in Athletic Therapy from York University. Upon graduation, Darren was certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) as an Athletic Therapist, and by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Post graduation, Darren has furthered his knowledge through various therapy and strength and conditioning seminars. Currently, Darren is supplementing his manual therapy skills by studying Osteopathy at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice.
Darren’s certifications include:
- CAT (C),
- DOMP Candidate,
- FMS 2,