Since August 2021 Shawn has been the Manager of Sports Performance at Acadia University. There he is merging his previous experiences gained in Olympic and National Sport Organizations (NSO’s), Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO’s), and University Sport to deliver to Varsity athletics and help to develop aspiring S&C coaches in the Kinesiology faculty.
Shawn completed his Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Athletic Training certification in 2005. During his Master’s studies Shawn served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Therapy at Christopher Newport University and concurrently completed an Internship with Velocity Sports Performance from 2005-2008. After completing Masters Shawn continued with Velocity over the next 2 years. Upon returning to Canada Preston spent four years with Peak Power Sport Development as a S&C Coach from 2009 to 2013 providing Rugby Canada athletes preparation for the 2011 World Cup along with other work with Rugby Alberta, Alberta Alpine, Snowboard Canada and SAIT athletes.
From 2013 to 2014, Preston joined the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary where he worked with Rugby Canada and Hockey Canada providing contracted services for their athletes. In February of 2015, Preston became the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he managed the Sports Performance program for 12 varsity teams until July of 2018.
Preston returned to the international athletics, heading the strength and conditioning programs of the Chinese rowing and sailing teams at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in 2018. In January of 2021, Preston became the Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist with the Canadian National senior women’s seven’s team located in Langley, B.C. He was the Athletic Performance Lead, managing staff that included the integration of planning for speed, strength, on-field conditioning, nutrition, player wellness and recovery sciences in preparation for this summer’s 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics