Joe Murphy

Coaching Director

Hi my name is Joe Murphy, and this is my story.

My Rugby League career ended after I sustained a workplace back injury – I was 21 and had been selected to debut in the Newtown Jets Premier League side. That was both life defining and devastating, because 5 years previously – no one would’ve predicted I would have that opportunity; not to mention that it would be cut short and my dream taken from me. But let me take you back to the time before that…

I grew up loving sport, but not actually being much good at it.

My real passion was Rugby League. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough talent. I was the kid who played 15 minutes on the wing once the game was beyond doubt. There’s an old joke in rugby league circles ‘what do you call someone who hangs around with footy players? A winger!’

And that was me.

I just wasn’t sporty, or athletic, or fast, or big or strong. I was tall but extremely thin, weak and slow. My dreams of being anything more than just a spectator were just that, dreams. Until I saw Rocky that is. It was Rocky 2 to be precise. During the school holidays my mum (yes mum, it’s all your fault!) took me to the video store (back when there were video stores) and I hired Rocky 2.

I was hooked. Here was someone who had what you call ‘heart’ and trained his guts out and achieved something beyond his wildest dreams. The next day I went back to the video store and hired the rest of the Rocky films and started my own journey. I began to copy everything I saw him do, and so began writing out my first programs at the age of 15.

I started to beg and borrow books, magazines and anything I could find to get information on how to train. Keep in mind this was before the age of the internet. Weights, running, boxing, interval training and push-ups. Lots and lots of push-ups. Then came the eating, twice what everyone my age was eating. And wouldn’t you know it. I went from playing 15 minutes a game on the wing, to playing the full game in the middle as a rangy back rower.

My first trial game after my summer training was memorable. I made 2 or 3 strong runs, including one where I beat 4 or 5 players and scored a try. The feeling was unbelievable. Wow. So this is what it feels like. I had never experienced anything like it in my life!

Within that year I earned the most improved award in the Rugby League team, awarded “Best and Fairest” in the touch football team, made the athletic team and was captain of the cross country team. This was when I learned what work can do. If you work, and work hard, you can transform your body, your mind and achieve things that you thought were impossible.

I realised that you didn’t have to be the most talented person out there. You had to be the one who trained the hardest, wanted it the most and that it counted if you were the last man standing running the sand hills.

That became me. I transformed myself. I went from non player to impact player.

I’ve now been a personal trainer and strength coach now for over 14 years. It seemed the only logical choice for me – to give the gift of what exercise can do, to as many people as possible.

This is also what led to the founding of the League Fit Academy.

When I was younger, the improvement and success I had as a player was due to hard work and lots of it. But the work I did probably wasn’t the smartest. I didn’t know the right way to go about doing things. The information just wasn’t around back then and I didn’t know anyone who knew the right way to train. I wish I knew then what I know now. My passion is to find young guys who have that same drive that I had but actually put the right strategies and training methodologies behind that desire. Hard work done the right way will take you a long away. And that’s what we are about.

My qualifications include:

  • Diploma of Fitness
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • ART Practitioner – Upper Extremities
  • Level 1 Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Level 1 & 2 PICP Coach
  • BioSignature Practitioner
  • Level 1 & 2 BFI Coach
  • Punch-fit Boxing Instructor
  • Children’s Trainer
  • Working with Children’s Check

Experience:

  • 14 Years PT Experience
  • Head Personal Trainer, co-founder and owner of Physique Transformations Personal Training
  • Fitness First PT of Year NSW winner – 2010
  • Newtown Jets Rugby League Representative
  • Newtown Jets assistant Strength Coach
  • Co-owner & Founder of League Fit Academy TM

In my spare time (what’s that?!) I can be found playing with my kids (I have 3), going to the cinemas, watching the Dragons play and spending time with my wife Joan. Oh and training, I love training!

Chris Nasr

Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

From the age of 5 I started playing my all time favourite sport, Rugby League.

My passion for the sport is beyond words and was truly blessed to be able to play for some talented and successful teams.

I went on to represent the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the Harold Matthews Competition, Cronulla in SG Ball and Burwood United in Bundy Cup. Being told by numerous coaches that I needed to “put on size” I took a year off and went on a challenging but rewarding journey. Following a traditional strength training regime and eating 6 meals a day (thanks mum!) I gained 10 kilos. I returned to football stronger than ever, but unfortunately after injuring my shoulder 3 times in a season, I had no choice but to hang up the boots.

My passion for the game will always be there and this is what drove me to become a Personal Trainer and Strength Coach. I want to be able to share the knowledge and experiences I gained with as many young players as possible, and help them become the best rugby league players they can be.

My qualifications include:

Experience:

  • 7 Years PT Experience
  • Senior Personal Trainer, co-founder and owner of Physique Transformations Personal Training
  • Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Representative
  • Cronulla Sharks Rugby League Representative
  • Burwood United Rugby League Representative
  • Co Owner & Founder of League Fit Academy TM

In my spare time I can be found playing in a local Oz Tag Competition, training in the Gym and watching my team, the Parramatta Eels, play the greatest game of all.

Luke Halicek

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Always having a strong passion for sports from a young age, this has driven me to a career in personal training and an active lifestyle. As soon as I could start walking as a kid, I grew to love sports. My love for sports has seen me play a wide variety including soccer, athletics, futsal, AFL, touch football, oz tag, cricket, karate and kickboxing.

My family has been a big push for me as from a young age my parents signed me up for soccer, futsal and athletics. By competing in these sports my whole life, I grew to be talented and passionate as I played reps for Futsal as well as NSW and also competed in a number of events at state for athletics. Even with these sports I was motivated to go further and venture out to different sports. This is where my passion for martial arts began. My father was heavily involved in Karate and kickboxing while I was a kid and by watching and learning I decided I wanted to do it. Through 8+ years of martial arts I now am a black belt in both kickboxing and karate.

With this passion for sport, I have realised the benefits of exercise and how it can change a persons life. This is what led to me becoming a personal trainer as I want to share my experiences, enthusiasm and motivation with others. My goal in life is to make people feel good about themselves by feeling confident and comfortable in their own skins and being able to motivate someone, push them and transform their lives.

Currently I am undertaking my Masters in Strength and Conditioning.

Qualifications:

  • Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness
  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (University of Western Sydney)
  • Currently undertaking Masters of Strength and Conditioning (Edith Cowan University)
  • First Aid
  • Working With Children’s Check

Danny Pasuauwan

Strength and Conditioning Coach

  • Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness
  • Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (University of Sydney)
  • Current Assistant S & C Coach at Parramatta Eels (SG Ball & Harold Matthews
  • Working With Children’s Check

Tony Conch

Rugby League Skills Coach

League Fit Academy Skills Coach, Tony Conch

After a break from the game for a period of time. Tony is a skilled coach and technician of the game. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff and is well known and highly respected in rugby league circles.
Experience
  • 2017-2018 Caringbah De La Salle U9 A’s & U10’A  Assistant Coach, Skills Coach and Trainer
  • 2007-2008 Kingsgrove Colts Under 20’s & U21’s Assistant Coach and Skills Coach.
  • 2005-2006 Erina Rugby League Football Club Jim Beam Cup Trainer and Conditioner
  • 2005 NSW Country Under 18’s Representative Team Tour of Fiji Trainer and Conditioner
  • 2001-2003 Cronulla Sutherland District Pathways Coach, Talent Identification
  • 2000 Lebanon Rugby League,World Cup On field Trainer and Training Conditioner.
  • 1998-2000 St George Dragons U15’s, U16’s U18’s  Canterbury Bankstown District Junior Rugby League  Skills coach
  • 1997-2004 Caringbah De La Salle, Club Head Coach , age groups from U21’s – Under 10’s Cronulla Sutherland Junior Rugby League
  • 1995-1996 Coached St Pats U18’s & U19’s Cronulla Sutherland District Junior Rugby League
  • 1993-1994 Moorebank Rams Jim Beam Cup Trainer and Conditioner
  • 1991 –1992 Coach St Christopher’s  Canterbury Bankstown District Junior Rugby League Competitions U17’s and U18’s
  • 1986-1992 Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs SG Ball Trainer and Conditioner

Qualifications

Level 2 Rugby League Coach Accreditation
Working with Children’s Check

Paul Riley

Rugby League Skills Coach

League Fit Academy Skills Coach, Paul Reilly

Paul comes to the LFA with a background in

teaching/education. Working at the Sydney Academy of Sport, Narrabeen for 20 years and sports management for 6 years, as the Coordinator of Talented Athlete Program, running and facilitating team building and initiative sessions. He also facilitated the Future Leaders Programs at the Sydney Academy of Sport

On top of that Paul has over 30 years of Coaching Experience, such as:

  • Head Coach – Cronulla-Sutherland Development Squads – U/13 – U/18) –
  • Skills Work with some current NRL Players
  • Coached PSSA South West U/12 Zone Team
  • Coached with U/18 Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Team for Australia Schoolboy Champs – St Marys
  • Coached U10 to Open Men’s Teams in Canterbury and Cronulla Sutherland Districts
  • Devised/Facilitated Speed and Speed/Agility and Skills Sessions with Under 10 to NRL Level Athletes

Qualifications

Accreditation in Group Fitness (Fitness Australia)
Level 2 Rugby League Coach Accreditation
Working with Children’s Check