Adam Owen

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Adam Owen PhD
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-09-05) 5 September 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Wrexham
Playing position Defender/Midfielder
Youth career
Wrexham AFC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Wrexham AFC
1999–2000 Newtown AFC
2001–2002 Connah's Quay FC
2002-2003 Cefn Druids AFC
2004-2005 East Stirlingshire FC
Teams managed
2006–2007 Sheffield Wednesday FC (Head of Performance)
2007–2013 Rangers FC (Head of Performance)
2013–2014 Sheffield United FC (Assistant Manager)
2014–2017 FC Servette (Assistant Manager)
2017–2018 Lechia Gdańsk (Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Adam Owen Ph.D (born 5 September 1980) is a Welsh UEFA licensed professional football coach and former player. He attained a Ph.D in Sport & Exercise Science from the University of Lyon, France.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Wrexham, Owen signed as a trainee for Wrexham upon leaving school at the age of 16. After a loan spells at Newtown in the Welsh Premier League, he played for various clubs in the Welsh Premier League such as Connah's Quay & Cefn Druids. He also played for Scottish club East Stirlingshire during the 2005–06 season making 13 league appearances, scoring 1 goal in the Scottish FA Cup before moving back to England.[1] Owen has represented Wales at University level playing against England & Scotland in the British University Games.

Coaching career[edit]

Owen started his coaching career at Wrexham whilst still playing. Upon leaving Wrexham, he joined Scottish club Celtic. Following a 2-year period working at Celtic Park as Fitness Coach & Youth Academy Coach, Owen joined the management team at Sheffield Wednesday where he would remain for 12-months in the English Championship. During his time at Hillsborough, Owen was approached & accepted the Head of Performance position at Rangers as part of Walter Smith's management staff at the age of 26[2]. During this period at Rangers the club experienced success both domestically wining the SPL, SFA & SFL Cups on numerous occasions. This was combined with relative success in Europe (UEFA Champions League & UEFA Cup campaigns) culminating in the 2008 UEFA Cup Final in Manchester.

Following nearly 7-years at Rangers he then moved to English club Sheffield United in May 2013 to take up the duel role of Assistant Manager & Performance Director.[3] After 12-months in Sheffield, in the summer of 2014 Owen left to join European club and Swiss giants Servette on a 3-year contract where he was part of the 2015 League winning campaign.

After seeing out his contract with Servette Owen joined renowned Polish Ekstraklasa club Lechia Gdańsk at the end of June 2017.[4] Following a positive period as Head Coach, Owen left his position within the club March 2018 citing a change of club philosophy as the reason.[5]

International work[edit]

Owen has been a part of the Wales national football team management staff since August 2009 initially working under both Brian Flynn & Gary Speed. He was part of Chris Coleman's successful 2016 European Championships management staff reaching the Semi-Final stage vs. Portugal, and remained part of the Wales staff under new manager Ryan Giggs but left his position following the 2018 China Cup Final appearance.

Academic & research[edit]

Apart from his main coaching and performance positions, Owen holds a scientific consultancy role with Portuguese club Benfica as a 'Football Scientist' within the famed BenficaLAB. He has amassed over 50 scientific publications and book chapters in the area of 'Sport and Football Science'. Owen is author of the 'Football Conditioning: A Modern Scientific Approach' coaching science book.[6]








  1. ^ "EAST STIRLINGSHIRE : 1948/49 & 1955/56 - 2013/14". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
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  3. ^ "Weir recruits assistant". Sheffield United F.C. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "Profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
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