The byrizz™ Rehab & Performance Podcast - Episode #21 - Season 2, 16 May 2022

High Performance Evolution - David Tenney, High Performance Director, Austin FC - MLS

Dave Tenney is the High-Performance Director for Austin FC and has spent almost two decades in elite performance roles in the MLS and NBA. Photo: Dave Tenney.

Welcome to The byrizz Rehab & Performance Podcast episode number 21. In this episode, I speak to Dave Tenney. Tenney is today the High-Performance Director of Austin FC playing in the Major League Soccer, USA. Before joining Austin FC in their 2021 expansion year, he spent time in high-performance leadership roles with the Orlando Magic (2017–2020) and the Seattle Sounders (2009–2017). 

Tenney joined Orlando Magic after nine seasons (2009-17) with the Seattle Sounders, serving as High-Performance Director for the 2017 season after previous stints as Sports Science & Performance Manager (2015-16) and Head Fitness Coach (2009-14). While with the Sounders, the team won the MLS Cup in 2016, the U.S. Open Cup four times between 2009-12, and made the MLS Playoffs in nine consecutive years from 2009 to 17. During his time in Seattle, Tenney created the Sounders Sports Science Summit, which has become a leading sports science conference. Before joining the Sounders, Tenney served as both Fitness and Goalkeeper coach with Sporting Kansas City (then known as the Kansas City Wizards) for two seasons back in 2007 - 2008.

Tenney earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science-performance enhancement from the California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Coaching Science from George Mason University. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership from Ashford University.


  • Dave Tenney - Who is he?
  • High Performance: What - How - Why
  • NBA Vs. MLS - What are the main differences and similarities? 
  • Communication Skills; Why is this crucial in a High-Performance environment? 
  • Creating good interactions between players and coaching staff
  • How to get the most out of your team and have in mind all the continuous evolution at the highest level.

Want to catch up with Dave and get to know more about his present work? Follow Dave on Twitter

The episode is in English and will be available on your favorite audible podcast resource from the 16th of May.  

This episode is sponsored by The byrizz™ Rehab & Performance application. The application gives you the continuity to reach your goals at any level, whenever, and wherever. The workouts, programs, and boot camps are made and customized to your needs and consist of trained therapists and strength & conditioning coaches with long experience in health and fitness. byrizz clients range from novice athletes to World Cup medalists and Olympians.
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