Cees Vervoorn

Professor Elite Sport and Education @ University of Amsterdam

Cees Vervoorn (1960) was born in The Hague and went to the Haags Montessori Lyceum (1972) before starting his study in Human Movement Sciences at the Free University of Amsterdam (1980). After finishing this study with a major in Exercise Physiology (1987) he wrote his dissertation ‘Neuro-endocrine effects of exercise and training’ (1992) and received his Ph.D. at the faculty of Sports Medicine and Medical Physiology of Utrecht University. From 1992 until 1999 he worked as program manager ‘Olympic Athletes and Coaches’ for the Netherlands Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF). From 1999 until spring 2010 Cees was Dean of the Faculty of Sports and Nutrition at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). From March 2010 he works as an appointed Professor ‘Elite Sport and Education’ for both the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). As a Professor he holds numerous positions in Dutch grassroots and elite sports.

As a swimmer Cees went to the Olympic Games of Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980) and Los Angeles (1984). Best results were a 4th and 6th place in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the Moscow  Olympic Games of Los Angeles (swimmer/coach 1984), Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992), his swimmers won several gold, silver and bronze medals in these games. In 1996 (Atlanta) and 2000 (Sydney) Cees acted as Chef de Mission for the Dutch delegation at the Paralympic Games. In 2001 he started the first professional swim team in the Netherlands. Four of his swimmers were present at the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 and won three medals (1 silver and 2 bronze). Cees went to college (1979-1980) at the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and worked for 3 months (1987) in Shanghai, PR China, with the Chinese national swimming team. Cees won the National Prize for Research in Sports Medicine in 1990, was named Golden Coach in 2001 and was awarded/knighted the title ‘Officer of Oranje Nassau’ by the Queen in 2000. He has been chairman of NADA (2005-2008), chairman of the board of the Rabobank Professional Cycling Team (2008-2013), member of the stirring group ‘Elite Sport’ for the Royal Speed skating Federation (2008-2010), advisor of the Amsterdam Mayor for ‘Olympic Amsterdam 2028’ (2000-now). He is currently member of the Board of AFC Ajax (since 2011), chairman of the Dutch National Coaches Association (NL-Coach, since 2014)). More recently he holds the position of Director of the Amsterdam Institute of Sport Sciences (AISS) and is the figurehead/spokesman of the National Scientific Agenda (of the Netherlands) in Sport Science research. Besides this he conducted several large Erasmus+ projects for the EU on the topic of ‘Dual Careers’ in sports.