Jim Liston joined the Galaxy as Director of High Performance and Innovation in January of 2021. This is Liston’s second stint with the Galaxy, as he served the club as the Head of Strength and Conditioning from 1998-2003.

In his role, Liston is responsible for collaborating with the medical staff, performance staff and coaches as they build the optimal training environment for the team and for each individual player. The department will utilize the latest in technology, combined with extensive staff experience, to make sound, informed decisions that will help drive success on the field.

Liston has spent the last six years as the Director of Sports Science for Toronto FC. While in Toronto, Liston was tasked with building a department focused on sport science and innovation, optimal player performance and youth development. During his tenure the club acquired and maximized the power of its Athlete Management System, developed sound programs utilizing the Catapult GPS system and built a TFC-branded application to crowdsource youth soccer talent in Canada.

Liston has also worked with the Columbus Crew and Chivas USA of Major League Soccer. He has served as the State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and as an expert advisor to Children’s Health magazine, and he built a youth activity curriculum for the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation.

Liston received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Health Science from Springfield College.