Darren “Burgo” Burgess

Darren “Burgo” Burgess


Darren “Burgo” Burgess is one of the most respected fitness coaches in AFL whose high tech approach is changing the face of high performance in the game.

Currently High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football Club, Burgo has enjoyed a long career in sports science that has seen him employed at clubs ranging from the Socceroos to the Sydney Swans.

After graduating from the University of New South Wales, Burgo started out as an assistant fitness coach with the Sydney Swans in 1997.  He also worked as a lecturer in Exercise Science at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney between 1997 and 2005.

From 2002-2004 Burgo was the head fitness coach with the Parramatta Power in the Australian National Soccer League.  Burgo also worked as a video analyst with the Australian Olympic Soccer Team ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics.

In 2004 Burgo became the Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide where he remained for four years, but in 2008 he jumped at the chance to become Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia as well as the Australian Soccer Team’s Fitness Coach.

Immediately after the 2010 Football World Cup Burgo moved to the UK where he became Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.

He returned to Australia in November 2012 to take on his current role of High Performance Manager back with Port Adelaide.

In 2012 Burgo completed his PhD in movement analysis of AFL and Soccer.  He is also a Nike SPARQ Performance Expert.

In 2014 Burgo made the move to television when he signed as High Performance Coach on FOX8’s THE RECRUIT.  He returns for a second series in 2016.

Burgess is a man who knows how to push players to their limits. He’s renowned across the world as a leader in his field and he’s not going to be giving the Recruits any easy passes.

The boys can expect some gruelling sessions at the hands of Burgo as they push their bodies to the limit in the quest to join the ranks of the elite.  Burgo will make sure the recruits dig deep at every turn – because in this competition, only the fittest will survive.

Burgo currently lives in Adelaide with his wife Kristy and their two children, Harry and Millie.