Vern Neville - biography

 Vern Neville 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

 sailing fitness Teams:
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)
      Reserve Grinder
  • 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

 sailing fitness Athletes:
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