Paddy Upton is head coach in international T20 cricket, an acclaimed speaker, a university Professor, and mental coach to professional athletes from ten countries and eleven different sports, including international cricket, rugby, soccer and hockey players, Olympians, para-Olympians, European and Sunshine tour golfers and World League (WSL) surfers.
He was the first full-time fitness trainer in world cricket (Proteas 1994-1998, under Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje); mental conditioning and strategic leadership coach of the Indian cricket team when they achieved the world’s No. 1 Test ranking and won the 2011 ICC cricket world cup; and performance director of the South African cricket team when they become the first team to simultaneously hold the world number one ranking in all three formats of the game.
He has been head coach for thirteen global T20 cricket seasons, for five different teams in three of the worlds’ premier T20 tournaments; the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He lead the Rajasthan Royals IPL team from four years near the bottom of the log, to 13/13 home wins and Champions League finalists in his first season with them, and then lead Sydney Thunder from bottom of the BBL log, to Championship winners in 2015.
With degrees from four different universities, including two masters’ degrees, (in Sport Science, and in Business Coaching) and in recognition of his innovative leadership and coaching approach, he was appointed as a Professor of Practice at Deakin University (Business and Law faculty, Melbourne, Australia).