Darcy Norman on the Value of Working with Interesting People

Darcy Norman is a consultant and physiologist working as the Director of Performance Science at Kitman Labs and as the Movement coach for the US Men’s National soccer team.

Darcy is a fantastic person from whom I always learn a ton from. In addition to his skills in soccer and athletic training, Darcy is also well-skilled in biomechanics, data analysis, and technology.

He previously worked as a Fitness & Rehab Coach and Performance Data Analyst for the German National Football Team and as Director of Performance for A.S. Roma before he returned to the U.S. as a Performance Coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Men’s National Team.

Darcy joins me today to discuss his career and illustrate the differences between working for a major soccer club and a national team. He highlights the elements that influenced his success at A.S. Roma and emphasizes the importance of having a coach that supports a team’s vision.

He illustrates his new role at Kitman Labs and the products and services they provide. He also discusses how data and technology can enhance sports performance and describes how the industry’s evolution into an interdisciplinary field can benefit athletes and coaches alike.


When everybody has their values aligned with the team’s mission, that’s when you have a true shared vision. Teams with shared vision tend to be the most successful in sports. – Darcy Norman


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • The beginnings of Darcy’s career in sports performance
  • What Darcy learned from working in elite soccer clubs and national teams
  • The importance of supporting and giving back to soccer clubs
  • Complex systems thinking and the elements of Darcy’s success in A.S. Roma
  • Why sports teams need to create a mission and vision statement
  • Setting up educational opportunities and communication processes in teams
  • Changing how the world views American soccer and the value of having a coach that supports a team’s vision
  • Darcy’s role at Kitman Labs and the relationship between an athlete’s medical history and performance
  • The impact of data and analysis on sports performance
  • How sports performance has evolved into an interdisciplinary discipline over the years


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