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PSA Academies Coaches Q&A – Paul Monahan (Irish Academies)

By June 17, 2019June 20th, 2019No Comments

PSA Academies is happy to welcome Paul Monahan back to the Academy Coaching & Staffing team for the 2019 Irish Rugby Academies.  Paul, who worked with us at the PSA Rugby Academy Kilkenny in 2018, brings a wealth of rugby and S&C experience plus a valuable educational teaching background.

Read more about Paul’s background in rugby as part of his profile Q&A below plus see the full Head Coaching Team for PSA Rugby Academy Westmeath here.

Question/Area Answer
Full Name Paul Monahan
Clubs as Player Naas RFC
Playing Honours 3 Promotions from UBL Division 3 to 1B with Naas RFC
Current Coaching Position(s) PSA Academies/Rugby Academy Ireland/Sallins School Rugby
Coaching Speciality Speed, Strength and Conditioning
Coaching Pet Hates Low effort
Most Likely To Say When Coaching Glutes, Leg drive
Least Likely To Say When Coaching Bicep curls
Best Player You Played With? Can’t pick (safe answer!)
Best Player You’ve Coached? Anyone who looks to build on their weaknesses and make them into strengths
Which C.A.R.D.S. feature is Most Important for A Young Player? (Creativity, Awareness, Resilience, Decision Making, Self Organisation)? Resilience
Favourite Physical Exercise? Snatch Pulls, Deadlifts, Prowler
Most Looking Forward To At The PSA Rugby Academy? Seeing players learn and develop over the course of the Academy programme
Dream Coaching Job? NFL/Pro Rugby S&C
Best Rugby Experience To Date? Every training, every game (until I fall apart!)
Favourite Current Player? David Pocock, Dan Leavy
Favourite Rugby Ground? Irish Independent Park
Favourite Pro Rugby Jersey? Jaguares
Favourite Rugby Podcast/Programme? House of Rugby (Haskell, Tindall, Payne) and anything by Squidge Rugby
Who Wins the 2019 RWC? Ireland