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Professor of Sports Science, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University

Damian holds a joint appointment within Victoria University's Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) and School of Sport and Exercise Science and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

From 1995-1999 he was a lecturer in the School of Human Movement and Sports Science at the University of Ballarat.

In 2002 he was appointed the inaugural AIS Skill Acquisition Specialist, then became the Discipline Head of Psychology and Skill Acquisition in 2009. In this position he was responsible for research and support of coaches seeking to develop the skills of Australian athletes.

He has worked with a range of AIS and National sports programs including the AFL, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Netball Australia, Swimming Australia and the Australian Rugby Union.

Damian publishes and presents extensively on his research interests, centred on understanding the factors critical to sport expertise and talent/skill development, with a specific focus on perceptual and decision-making skill and practice methodology.

A former tennis coach and physical education teacher, he is passionate about community engagement through the translation of theory into practice via coach education and the publication of general interest sports science books including; “Run Like You Stole Something”, “Why Dick Fosbury Flopped” and “It’s True: Sport Stinks”.


  • –present
    Professor of Sports Science, Victoria University and Australian Institute of Sport


  • 2002 
    The University of Queensland, PhD