Strength & Conditioning Coach
New England Revolution
Nick Downing is in his third season as the New England Revolution’s strength and conditioning coach, a position that was created with the hiring of head coach Jay Heaps. This is Downing’s second go-around with the club, having previously played for the Revs more than a decade ago.
In his current position, Downing is responsible for developing and enhancing the Revolution players’ speed, strength and endurance, as well as their overall conditioning and fitness in conjunction with both the coaching and medical staffs. Through an integrated approach – including weight training, cardiovascular training, plyometrics, and nutrition – Downing has created both position-specific and individual programs to help the Revs emerge as of Major League Soccer’s most fit teams.
As a player, Downing joined the Revolution in 2001 after the club drafted him in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft following a stand-out three-year career at Maryland, where he was a national player of the year finalist as a junior. He made 17 appearances with the Revs between 2001 and 2002, before he spent the 2003 season on loan to the Portland Timbers, then of the USL A-League (now USL PRO). In 2004, he played his final professional season with the Charleston Battery (USL A-League), before retiring at the end of the season.
Following his playing career, Downing transitioned into the fitness profession, earning certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, USA Track & Field, Functional Movement Systems and Kettlebell Concepts.
He has worked in the metro Boston area since 2005 as a fitness professional, most recently at Pure Performance Training in Needham, Mass. His clientele has included professional soccer, hockey and football players, collegiate athletes, marathoners and tri-athletes. Downing specializes in sport-specific training, including soccer-specific skill development.
Downing is a former member of the U.S. Soccer youth national team program, playing on both the U.S. Under-17 and Under-20 teams, serving as team captain at the 1997 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Egypt. Before attending Maryland, Downing was the 1998 Gatorade national player of the year in boys soccer.
Downing and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters Lily (4) and Ella (2).