Dean, School of Sports Coaching and Performance & Director of Football

Mike leads the distance with attendance and on-campus coaching and performance portfolio, driving academic quality and standards and enhancing the student experience. Mike has 23 years of coaching experience working across the game from professional club academies to semi-professional clubs, and 15 years of lecturing experience.

He has coached at Manchester United, Manchester City, Preston North End, Blackpool, and Bolton and is currently coaching at Liverpool in the Academy. Mike is also a Coach Educator at The FA. His different roles have included travelling to and delivering coaching sessions and coaching education in Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. He is an UEFA A Licence qualified coach and holds a Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport and Exercise Science.

Find out more about Mike
Area of expertise
  • Football coaching;
  • Coach education;
  • Talent development.
Teaching & research interests
  • Coaching practice;
  • Coaching philosophy;
  • Coach education;
  • Talent development;
  • Coaching behaviour;
  • Ethnographic research.
Accreditation & memberships
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA);
  • FA Affiliate Tutor;
  • FA Coaches Licence club.
  • Studying a Professional Doctorate in Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores;
  • MA Sport Coaching, UCLAN;
  • BSc (Hons) Coaching Science, Liverpool John Moores;
  • UEFA A Licence;
  • FA Youth Award.
Expertise in industry
  • FA Coach Educator;
  • Academy coaching;
  • Semi-professional league coaching;
  • Lecturing in further education and higher education.
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