Derby County’s Sports Science department has been strengthened this summer with the appointment of Alessandro Schoenmaker.
Schoenmaker has joined Derby to help oversee the fitness, strength and conditioning of the Rams’ players as Head of Sports Science, alongside Strength & Conditioning Coach Steve Haines.
Schoenmaker worked under Head Coach Steve McClaren in similar roles at FC Twente in Holland in two separate spells, VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Nottingham Forest in the Championship, and is therefore no stranger to the Derby boss.
McClaren said: “We’re very pleased to have Alessandro on board with us.
“I’ve worked with him in the past and he is very good at what he does.
“The Sports Science side of the game is hugely important and Alessandro will be working a lot on individual programmes for players, alongside Steve Haines whom he already has a good working relationship with.”
Schoenmaker commented: “Hopefully we can follow up what was achieved last season.
“I want to come here and help develop the department by passing on my experience and background.”
Prior to taking up his post earlier this month, he made regular visits to Derby towards the back end of last season to become accustomed to the players and staff.
Watch an exclusive interview with Alessandro Schoenmaker on Rams Player.