Toronto FC bolstered their backroom staff by hiring Lester City’s Tom Williams as head of Strength and Conditioning.
Additions to backroom staff are often low profile moves, but can play crucial roles in a team’s success or failure over the course of a season. Williams brings an impressive resume to TFC, having been the lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Leicester City academy for almost 3 years. He has also worked at Sheffield United as a first team Rehab Therapist, a Development coach at Nottingham Forest, the first team Sport Scientist at Mansfield Town FC, and an Academy coach and Scout for Derby County.
Williams also carries a UEFA B licence in both coaching, and coaching goalkeepers. This move is seen as a great opportunity for both the club and Williams. The club receives an experienced fitness coach, and Williams earns a higher role in return.
Toronto FC fans will be hoping Williams has saved some Leicester City magic for TFC, with his former club sitting in second place in the Premier league after a fairy-tale start to the season.
The Toronto FC backroom staff will surely be hoping that the addition of Tom Williams will help prevent injuries, keep the squad fit and ready to tackle the difficult schedule which TFC will play in 2016. Williams will be tasked with keeping key players like Jozy Altidore, Sebastian Giovinco, and Michael Bradley fit throughout the course of the year, with all three most likely to join their national teams for the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 respectively.
Williams will also be tasked with the challenge of keeping Will Johnson healthy, who came back from a year on the sidelines with a broken leg, and monitoring the health of our more fragile players such as Damien Perquis and Benoit Cheyrou.