Simon has had a magnitude of experience coaching Rugby Union and Rugby League on both the International stage and with professional franchise teams.
Since their 2011 Rugby World Cup Campaign, Simon has held the position of High Performance Director for the Argentina National Rugby Team, “Los Pumas”. After their semi-final finish at the Rugby World Cup, Los Pumas followed up with a strong debut season in the 2012 Rugby Championships alongside New Zealand, Australia and South Africa far exceeding the expectations of the global critics and earning a reputation for physical dominance. Argentina continues to be a powerhouse Rugby nation through improved World IRB rankings, and with a new reputation of being a physically feared team with a passion to win, World Rugby is eagerly awaiting “Los Pumas” second season in the Ruby Championships, along with the upcoming 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Prior to leaving New Zealand for a chance to work in the United States with the Worlds leading performance company, Athletes’ Performance, Simon held the positions of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach & Assistant Rugby Coach for the Guam National Rugby Teams (Men’s and Women’s), in addition to senior strength and conditioning roles for some of New Zealand’s top premier rugby teams such as the Waikato & Bay of Plenty Rugby Unions. Since 2010, Fathers has also held the position of High Performance Director and Assistant Coach to the top USA rugby union, The San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club. At SFGG, Simon coaches former and current USA Eagle Team members, while supporting the USA’s strongest rugby development program. Simon has also worked individually with some of the world’s best rugby and contact sport athletes. His extensive mixed martial arts background makes him a master in the art of rugby contact skills and he often applies this knowledge to his athletes’ training programs. The move to the United States allowed Simon to refine his understanding and further his craft by coaching movements for some of the world’s best athletes in many major league sports. While immersing himself amongst some of the best coaches and specialists in the Human Performance industry, he has proved himself to be a very skillful coach and earned the respect of his fellow professionals around the world. Simon currently provides high performance consultancy to rugby union and rugby league teams around the world, competing on both the professional and amateur levels.