By Debbie Haar // @GalaxySoccerMom
There’s a large number of people in the background working to help the L.A. Galaxy be the best team in the league. Those people have jobs ranging from dietitians to equipment managers to technical director. I had the opportunity to get a peek into the career of the Galaxy’s Australian Ace-up-the-sleeve, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam “Adds” Waterson.
Debbie Haar: Tell me about your career with the NSW (New South Wales) Police Force.
Adam Waterson: I started as a strength and conditioning coach with Sydney Football Club in the A-League in 2005. I then worked with various football teams in Australia before opting for a break from football and took up a great role as lead S&C coach for the NSW Police Force. I was there for approximately 2 years before I returned to football and a role with LA Galaxy.
DH: What’s your favorite part of your job?
AW: I really enjoy coaching the players and helping them develop their physical capabilities to perform at the highest level they possibly can. Seeing all their hard work on the training pitch and gym pay off with good performances in the games is really rewarding.
DH: How long have you been in LA? What’s the best part of living in LA?
AW: Coming on 2 years in LA. The weather is great, South Bay is great, the amount of sports on TV is brilliant.
DH: Does everyone comment on your accent?
AW: Yes, some enjoy it and request me to repeat myself where others take the piss out of it (translation: To mock or make fun of). I like the banter.
DH: Which player can mimic your accent the best?
AW: They are all terrible. Dave Romney tries hard though. Matt Lampson has a terrific South African impersonation.
DH: There are players from many different countries who speak many different languages. How do you work through language barriers?
AW: The great thing is most speak very good English, those that don’t I try some very basic Spanglish or get one of the boys to translate. Generally, football has its own language through movements, so it’s not too bad.
DH: Do you do all the drills with the players?
AW: I coach a lot of the drills at the start of the training session, then in rehab/gym sessions I tend to observe and correct form and communicate with the players during the drills rather than join myself.
DH: Do you give the players pep talks?
AW: Ha ha, sometimes the players do require a little pep talk which I’m happy to do, but most of them are pretty self-motivated to train hard when we do.
DH: Tell me something interesting that happens during daily training sessions that might surprise people.
AW: Every session every player is monitored through GPS and heart rate so we can track their physical output each day.
DH: Do you travel with the team?
AW: Yes, I travel to every away game.
DH: When you are traveling what’s one thing you don’t leave home without?
AW: My pillow, hotel pillows are always too soft!
DH: Is there a specific drill the players hate to do more than others?
AW: Any isolated running drill in season is frowned upon but they know it’s required.
DH: What the hardest part of your job?
AW: The hardest part is the time away from home due to the regular travel and congested schedule. We work most weekends and public holidays so you tend to miss out on a lot of parties, weddings, etc.
DH: What’s a phrase you say a lot at work?
AW: Grab some water, have a stretch, weight of pass, timing of run, more intensity boys lets go. They take the piss out of my accent on most.
DH: What’s one of your stand out memories with the team?
AW: The 4-3 come from behind win against LAFC the first time we played them. It was Zlatan’s first game and he scored a golazo.
DH: Do you have a pet?
AW: No, I can’t wait for the day I live in a house with a yard so I can buy a German Shepherd.
DH: What is your guilty pleasure?
AW: Probably too many slices of pizza after games is my biggest one right now.
DH: What’s your favorite thing to eat and drink?
AW: Butter chicken and when I’m out I enjoy a bourbon and soda water.
DH: Last and most important question? Does pineapple belong on pizza?
AW: Yes, it has a place I believe.
Waterson played an integral part of helping the Western Sydney Wanderers win the 2014 AFC Champions League. With his knowledge and expertise on board, the L.A. Galaxy has the foundation needed to go after their next MLS Cup. Next time you are watching a game keep in mind the people behind the scenes like Adam Waterson who spend their days making the Galaxy players the best they can be.
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