Paddy Upton

Coach, Speaker, Author, Podcaster & Professor

Paddy is a Cape Town-based leadership, high-performance coach, author, speaker, and professor.

Since 2005, he has delivered over 350 keynote talks, run corporate workshops and coached business leaders and teams in over 50 cities across 5 continents.

In international team sports, he has more than two decades experience as head coach, performance director, mental coach, and strategic leadership coach. He has been personal mental coach to over 200 professional, international and Olympic athletes from 13 different sports. Included are Olympic gold medallists’ and world champions in 5 different sports.

Paddy was instrumental in leading the Indian national cricket team to win the 2011 ICC CricketWorld Cup for their first time in 28 years, and to become the World’s No. 1 Test Team for their first time. As Performance Director, he then helped lead the South African cricket team to be come the first to simultaneously hold the World No. 1 ranking in all three formats of the game.He has coached in five cricket World Cups.

He has been head coach of five different professional T20 cricket teams in 13 tournaments across three of the world’s major leagues, the IPL, BBL and PSL.

Academically, he has degrees from four different universities, including two master’s degrees (inSport Science, and Business Coaching). Based on his servant-leadership approach in working with transient teams comprising diverse cultures, he was appointed Professor of Practice at Deakin University (Business and Law faculty). He is a podcaster (Lessons from the World’s best)and author of best-selling The Barefoot Coach; Life-changing insights from coaching the world’s best cricketers.

Some of the professional sport teams he has worked with include:

South African cricket, rugby and hockey teams, Indian men’s cricket and hockey teams,England Rugby team, Australian Hockey team, Indian Soccer League teams (Hyderabad FC and FC Goa) and EP Kings Super Rugby team. Worked as Head Coach in Indian PremierLeague cricket (Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils), Australian Big Bash League (Sydney Thunder), Pakistan Super League (Lahore Qalandars).