Having excelled as a junior athlete in South Africa in rugby, athletics and motocross, and with a promising rugby career stopped short due to injury, Vern continued his passion for rugby by coaching at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg. He then went on to manage a number of Health Clubs and started a Fitness Equipment and Clothing Manufacturing Company which led to the opening of his first Performance Training Centre.
After successfully coaching a number of South Africa’s top athletes and teams in Netball and Rugby, including the South African Netball team, the Boland Cavaliers Rugby team and the South African Rugby Union Academy, he took up a position as the first Professional Rugby Trainer in Italy. He was then offered a position with Team Prada, an America’s Cup Yacht Racing team and had a difficult decision of having to turn down a coaching role with the Italian National Rugby Team. He has continued his career in sailing both as an athlete (grinder) and as the Head of Sports Science and Medicine for Team Luna Rossa.
Vern’s main area of expertise is in developing high performance athletes by combining innovative training methods with optimum athlete support structures. This includes designing specialised training facilities and putting together a team of high performance support staff in order to create an optimal environment for athletic performance. Contact Vern to find out more about Elite Sport Performance Systems.
Doctor of Sports Science (Ph.D), Loughborough University, UK
Masters degree in Sports Science, Loughborough University, UK
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA, USA
Diploma Extreme Conditions Paramedic, WA, UK
Diploma Sports Performance Specialist, ETA, RSA
These are some of the teams which have been coached by Vern Neville
Luna Rossa Challenge 2007 (America’s Cup) Head of Medicine and Sports Science (2003-2007)
Prada Challenge for America’s Cup 2003 Head of Sports Science and Medicine (2000-2003)
Rovigo Rugby Club, Italy Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (1999-2000)
Boland Cavaliers Rugby, South Africa Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (1997-1999)
South African Rugby Football Union Strength & Conditioning Coach for Academy Players (1996-1999)
Western Stormers Super 12, South Africa Fitness Consultant
South African Netball Team 1995 & 1999 World Championships Fitness & Nutrition Consultant
Western Province Netball Team, South Africa Fitness Consultant
Northern Transvaal Netball Team, South Africa Fitness Consultant
These are just a few of the many successful athletes who have been coached by Vern Neville.
Irene van Dyk South Africa and New Zealand Netball Superstar
Stefan Terblanche Springbok Rugby Player and record Try Scorer
Wayne Julies Springbok Rugby Player, 2007 World Cup winner
Massimo Giovanelli Italian Rugby Captain
Francesco de Angelis Prada & Luna Rossa Skipper
Andrew Taylor Grinder & 2-times America’s Cup winner
James Spithill World Match Racing Champion & America’s Cup Helmsman
Torben Grael 5 times Olympic Medalist & America’s Cup Tactician