Man inside the minds of Cowboys to become a professor
A sports psychology and coaching expert credited with playing a
role in the North
Queensland Cowboys' maiden NRL premiership is expected to
become one of Australia's first professors of sports coaching.
Mallett of The University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciencesis to
be bestowed his new title on January 1, 2016.
"I'm told this will make me one of Australia's first professors
in sports coaching," Dr Mallett said.
"That suggests sports coaching has become an established field
for academic enquiry."
As an associate professor, Dr Mallett was pinpointed as a
decisive coaching force in the Cowboys turning around a three-game
losing streak at the start of 2015 and building to a historic
Cowboys head coach Paul Green called in Dr Mallett after heavy
44-22 and 28-4 defeats against the Broncos and Roosters
respectively, along with a 16-14 defeat at the hands of wooden
Dr Mallett took the squad through
activities that emphasised the importance of being present
in the moment, regulating breathing and thinking clearly.
The team responded to the coaching immediately, beating
perennial heavyweight Melbourne 18-17 the following week, before
maintaining a consistent level of performance for the remainder of
Shedding their reputation as rank outsiders, they dispatched
Cronulla and Melbourne in the finals series, before beating
Brisbane 17-16 in an unprecedented sudden-death grand final to
become the premiership champions.
Dr Mallett was praised specifically for helping North Queensland
prop James Tamou return to his barnstorming best after injuries led
to a crisis of confidence.
Tamou referred to him as a "
bit of a guru"
Dr Mallett was joined on the Cowboys' coaching staff by several
other UQ alumni.
Coach Paul Green has a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching
from UQ, Andrew Croll a Masters of Sports Coaching and Bachelor of
Applied Science, and Anthony Wood a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports
Dr Mallett is in North Queensland taking staff through a series
of workshops about establishing organisational culture.
He has also been working on a publication that analyses the
backgrounds and attributes of 14 of the world's most prolific
sports coaches, who have trained more than 130 Olympic gold
Media: Dr Cliff Mallett firstname.lastname@example.org
, +61 0405 470 242; Robert Burgin, UQ
, +61 7 3346 3035, +61 448 410