David Rath

Australian Football League

David Rath is Coaching Innovation and Education Manager of the Australian Football League (AFL) and is responsible for roll-out of a new national coaching strategy – CoachAFL. David has also been heavily involved in profiling the direction the game is heading on-field, to inform rule change and game style conversations working with Football Operations staff.
David came to AFL headquarters after 13 years in a variety of coaching and management roles at Hawthorn Football Club, including assistant coach, performance analyst and most recently as Head of Football Strategy and Innovation.  He had a broad brief to identify and implement new game strategies, lead the application of skill acquisition principles, manage development and delivery of the football analytics program and champion innovation through the football department. Before these football roles, he spent 9 years working in Sports Science at the Australian Institute of Sport, in Biomechanics and Performance analysis working across a range of Olympic sports, analysing athletic techniques in order to optimise performance and minimise injury risk. 
David will speak on the science behind the assessment of AFL game styles and subsequent rule changes to open up the game as well as the new coaching framework for the AFL.