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Paul Garner

Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching

Having worked in coaching and coach development for over twenty years in a variety of professional contexts, these experiences have led to a passion for understadning the interpersonal elements of the role. Chevron icon


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.


  • BA (Hons): Sports Science and French (Joint honours), University of North Wales, Bangor, 1996
  • MSc (Dist), Sports Coaching, University of Worcester, 2013

Membership of professional bodies

BASI – British Association of Snowsport Instructors

Teaching & Research


Sports Coaching, Coach development, Leadership and Education


Coach Education


More publications from Paul Garner can be found in the Research Repository.