Cardiff Blues have announced the return of Dai Young’s trusted lieutenant Trystan Bevan in the new role of High Performance Coordinator at the Arms Park.
Bevan links up with Young for the third time in his career and will be responsible for coordinating, aligning and strategising all elements of rugby performance at the club in a key appointment after the return of Matt Sherratt as backs/attack coach.
After studying at the prestigious Michigan State University, Bevan initially returned to native Wales as a Strength & Conditioning Coach with Newport, before joining Cardiff Blues as Head of Performance following the reorganisation of Welsh professional rugby in 2003 and enjoying success in the Anglo-Welsh and European Challenge Cups.
He held that role for 11 years until following Young to Wasps in October 2014 as a High Performance Coordinator following their relocation to Coventry, helping them reach a Gallagher Premiership Final, before departing in the summer of 2019 to run his own company, My Finish Line, putting together professional training plans for athletes.
The 45-year-old has also co-written the best-selling autobiography of Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell, entitled ‘Track Record’.
Speaking to the Cardiff Blues official website Bevan said, “I’m really looking forward to returning to Cardiff Blues, where I have so many fond memories, and can’t wait to get started.
“This is clearly a team and organisation I am passionate about and have a huge affinity with. There is a huge amount of potential within the squad and development pathways and some brilliant people already on the ground.
“With plans progressing for the training centre at Pentwyn and a long-term strategy in place this is an exciting time for the club and I am confident I can bring further value to this group and help drive standards and improvements.”