Paddy Upton

Renowned Fitness and Mental Conditioning Coach | Leadership Coach


Head Coach of five different T20 teams in 12 tournaments across three major leagues- the Australian Big Bash League (BBL), the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Paddy Upton is a professor, and mental coach to professional athletes across ten countries and 11 sports. His unique and out-of-the-box approach to leadership, coaching and performance makes him 'One of the Best Coaches' and 'The Most Innovative Coach'.

Paddy Upton is a former cricketer who, as a performance director, helped the South African cricket team to be the first team to hold World No.1 ranking in all three formats of the game.

He facilitated two international cricket teams to the world's number 1 ranking, won a Cricket World Cup, and led bottom-of-the-log underdogs to Champions League finalists in one 10-week season.

South African-born and renowned as a high performance and leadership coach, Paddy Upton has achieved success in sport and business globally. Paddy is the Former mental conditioning coach of the Indian National Team and the head coach of Rajasthan Royals.

Paddy brings along 25-years of experience working with high-performing teams in business and sport across multiple industries.

He is the author of 'The Barefoot Coach: Life-changing Insights From Working With the World's Best Cricketers'. He has also Co-authored 'The Beer Drinkers Guide to Losing Weight' and 'Sharing the Passion. Conversations with Coaches'.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Paddy was awarded the ‘Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Achiever Award‘ in 2015 for his significant contributions to the university. He helped the Indian Cricket Team to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and helped them become the World’s No. 1 Test Team for the very first time.

Paddy Upton has authored the bestselling book- ‘The Barefoot Coach. Life-changing insights from coaching the world’s best cricketers.’

Why Paddy Upton ?

Paddy is a down-to-earth, natural, practical speaker, leadership coach, mental game coach, and university professor. He has an impressive and almost unparalleled track record of experience, academic qualifications, and success in coaching diverse, high-profile clients, both in the athletic field and in the conference room.

With his gift of storytelling and simplification of complexity, Paddy shares his personal lesson on the successes and failures of the high stakes world of international sports.

Paddy has delivered over 250 keynote speeches in 40 cities across five continents. His speaking capabilities have gotten him glowing references from Boeing, Dell, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, Unilever, and many more, and consistently rated the highest-scoring speaker at conferences in the USA, Australia, and South Africa.

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