Sept. 20, 2017
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic have named David Tenney high performance director, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced today.
One of Major League Soccer’s most respected and progressive minds in sports science, Tenney joins the Magic after spending nine seasons (2009-17) with the Seattle Sounders FC. He served as high performance director for the 2017 season after previous seasons as sports science & performance manager (2015-16) and head fitness coach (2009-14). While with Seattle, the Sounders were MLS Cup Champions in 2016, won the U.S. Open Cup for four successive years (2009-12) and made the playoffs eight consecutive years. Prior to joining the Sounders, Tenney served as both fitness and goalkeeper coach with Sporting Kansas City for two seasons (2007-08).
Before his time in MLS, Tenney held the same dual role of goalkeeper coach & head fitness coach with the George Mason University men’s and women’s teams for two seasons (2004-06). In 2006, George Mason advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years.
Tenney played collegiately at Virginia Tech from 1989-91, serving as team captain during his final two seasons. As goalkeeper for the Hokies, he was voted Metro Conference Defensive MVP in 1989. Tenney played professionally both in Germany and with various U.S. indoor soccer teams, ending his career with a stint with the Baltimore Blast (1998-2000) of the NPSL.
Tenney earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science-performance enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Coaching Science from George Mason University. He also holds a Czech Republic ‘A’ license in coaching methodology from Charles University (Prague) and is a certified performance enhancement specialist (NASM), and certified strength & conditioning coach (CSCS).
Tenney and his wife, Allison, who is an assistant coach for the Seattle University’s women’s soccer team, have two daughters, Quinn and Cameron.