I have always loved sport and working with people in challenging environments. After 15 years coaching skiing full-time in the Alps, I embarked on a teaching and research career with a desire to enhance practice and knowledge in coach development.
My research in leadership and coach behaviours shapes much of my work with students and coaches, and is an integral part of our focus at undergraduate and postgraduate study on a number of sport related courses. My research interests are centred around my current doctoral studies where I am exploring ways to better develop and manage the interpersonal knowledge requisite of expert coaches. This work addresses psychosocial thinking around leadership, emotional intelligence and coach behaviours. This work is centred on the notion that intentional behaviours (rather than intuitive) are key to building lasting and effective coach-athlete relationships.
My work is relevant across a range of sports and I am currently working with postgraduate students in this area on projects in Squash, Football, Rugby, Netball, Equestrian, Rowing and Cricket.
Sports Coaching, Coach development, Leadership and Education