Joe Gomes is the High-Performance Director for the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), a non-for-profit research institute that pioneers technologies aimed at leveraging and extending human capabilities. At IHMC he is focused on supporting existing research in human performance and resilience and serving as a subject-matter-expert (SME) in the human performance domain.
Mr. Gomes has close to 20 years of international experience in high-performance program leadership. Specifically, as a high-performance director, program manager and head coach, responsible for developing staffs and systems that evaluate and prepare elite athletes and elite warfighters for peak and sustainable performance. He is passionate about supporting career longevity in national asset populations.
From January 2015 through January 2018 Mr. Gomes was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. Here he oversaw all aspects of human performance, including sport science, nutrition, strength & conditioning, player reconditioning and performance analytics. During his tenure, player availability rose to unprecedented levels in the franchise’s history, highlighting his programs philosophy in maximizing player performance, availability and durability.
Prior to joining the Oakland Raiders, Mr. Gomes spent 5 years in North Carolina, contracted as a Senior Advisor and Performance Director to the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). Here he developed the concept and operational framework for a pioneering human performance program within the Department of Defense for USASOC. Key highlights were the recruitment and development of a world class staff, developing and managing systems of evaluation, testing and profiling of key performance indicators. Mr. Gomes oversaw all aspects of programming and monitoring for USASOC as well as all research and innovation for human performance initiatives. Mr. Gomes also supported the planning and development of a multimillion-dollar human performance training center for USASOC.
Mr. Gomes also served as the Director of Performance for EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance) for 9 years, joining in 2006. During his tenure, Mr. Gomes ran the industry-leading preparation program for the annual NFL Scouting Combine each February from 2007-10. Over those four years, Gomes trained 35 first-round draft picks, 13 top-10 selections and four first-overall picks.
Mr. Gomes works as a consultant in high-performance solutions for professional sports and elite organizations, he provides strategies to identify and reduce injury potential as well as increasing and maintaining optimum performance levels in extreme environments. Mr. Gomes actively consults with high performance organizations and agencies from a number of different backgrounds, including branches of United States Military Special Operations Command, sporting federations and professional teams. Mr. Gomes is a member to the Science & Innovation Board for TIGNUM, a sustainable high-impact firm that supports organizations and their critical teams from all sectors of business. Mr. Gomes is also a founding board member of both Stand By The Wounded and The Unit Foundation. These are 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting the needs of wounded or injured warfighter personnel and their families from specific communities.