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Coaching qualifications: 

UEFA A License (2015), UEFA B License (2013), UEFA C License, SFA Youth Award (Level 4), SFA Children's Award (level 4), SFA Goalkeepers... Intermediate Award, BA Honours in Sports Studies (Stirling University)

 

Coaching Experience: 

Director of Football since 2011, Dundee United FC Youth Academy, East Fife FC Youth Academy, Raith Rovers FC Youth Academy, SFA Regional Development Squads (boys), SFA Regional Squad (girls), Dunfermline Athletic FC & SFA (community programmes)

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:

"I am fortunate enough to have grown up during a period of time where there has been so many top coaches. In light of this I have tried to take abit of everything. I am a huge admirer of Pep Guardiola and the way in which he likes his team to play. Jose Mourinho for his charisma but more so the way he gets results. His gameplan's are amongst the best around and his success in different countries shows he's a top coach. I have a lot of time for Brendan Rodgers aswell, his ideas, his methods but not only that but the way in which he tries to build a team and a club".

 

What you enjoy about coaching:

"I love the challenge of working with players to make them better. If you can make players better you have succeeded in doing your job as a coach. For me there is nothing better than seeing something you have worked on the training pitch come off in a match. I really enjoy the detail of the game, tactics especially and how they are worked on in training to take into matches. Finally I love the challenge of bettering myself as a coach".

Stuart Milne - Director of Football

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Coaching qualifications: 

SFA C License

 

Coaching Experience: 

3 years with St Mirren FC Youth Academy, 1 year with Hamilton FC, 1 year with Dundee FC and 2 years with Dundee United FC (Community Programmes), 1 year with AM Soccerclub and into my 2nd year as women's 1st team coach at St Andrews University

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:

"I actually have two, the first is Jose Mourinho for his charisma and belief he is the best and the way he believes in his players no matter the situation. I believe that as a coach or manager of a team your players must know how much you believe in them and will back them no matter what. Mourinho is the best at doing that. My other idol is Pep Guardiola as I can not think of any other coach who has revolutionised football the way he did. His famous tika taka football is now used all over the world and a large amount of coaches are now trying to play the same way. He completely transformed football during the 00s and his style of play in my opinion is the way players playing the game will enjoy more".

 

What you enjoy about coaching:

"I actually enjoy listening and learning from other coaches which results in becoming better but the best thing is when you work on something in training or keep emphasising how important doing one thing is and then in a game it comes off. As a coach there is no better feeling! Another major factor is when faced with a difficult situation in a game where you need to make a decision to either come from behind or protect a lead and you get the end result which is a great feeling. As a manager this is what it is about during games, making big decisions and when they come off it is great. For me, when things don't come off I challenge myself to find out why and then learn from mistakes made".

Graeme Hart - Women's 1st Team Coach

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Claire Scott - Women's 2nd Team Coach

Coaching qualifications: 

UEFA A Licence , UEFA B Licence, LMA Football Management

 

Coaching Experience: 

St Andrews Utd – Manager, Aberdeen FC – Youth Academy U19s – 17s , Dundee FC – Youth Academy, Inverness, FC – Youth Academy U19s, Jeanfield Swifts – Assistant Manager

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:

"Too many to mention, I have used past professional experiences with managers and what I liked and disliked both from technical, and man-management styles. This I have adapted and developed for my own style of training and management.

In recent times I like to read or watch as much as possible training sessions, games and books from coaches like Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone. I like their methods and how they adapted and evolved in the modern game. ".

 

What you enjoy about coaching:

"I get most satisfaction from the training sessions and working with a purpose towards the end goal of a match day victory. The players being together as a team and striving to learn every time."

Phil McGuire- Men's 2nd Team Coach

Coaching Qualifications: SFA level 1,2,3 and ‘C’ license pending one component

 

Coaching Experience:  University of Stirling 5th team:   2010-2011

                                       University of Stirling 2nd team (assistant)    2011-2012

                                       Grayslake Galaxy (Affiliation with Chicago Fire SC) – 2012 August-December

                                       Merpro AFC (Midlands Amateur Football Association,   2013-2015  

                                       Division 1 and Premier league

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching: "I admire coaches who have done it the harder way in terms of their route to the very top. Those who have perhaps not been blessed with the most fantastic playing career or in some cases haven’t played at all at a senior level of the sport who are now making in-roads at the elite level. It is encouraging to see that perhaps now in the modern day there is a clear separation between playing and coaching. There are doors now more regularly open for talented people – arguably not as many as there should be - irrespective of their background.

 

In that sense, it is difficult to see past guys like , Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Andreas Villas Boas (vastly under-credited for what he has achieved at 38 years old), They have managed elite level clubs, won trophies and in some cases in different countries which demonstrates adaptability to culture change, styles of football being played but notwithstanding their ability coach and manage successful football teams.  

 

Always had a spot for those who could do it in front of the camera – those who would make you “want to play for them” if you were a player. Sir Alex Ferguson, Brian Clough, Sir Bobby Robson – always delivered great interviews and were often talked about in great regard by their peers, which would indicate the level of respect they would command in the dressing room".

 

What you enjoy about coaching: "Winning on a match day! Football can make your Wednesday/Saturday or totally ruin it. Either way there is always another game or another training session not too far away to help continue that winning feeling or to try and amend errors in defeat. The best part of coaching for me is seeing players enjoying their football, seeing them have an enthusiasm towards their training and ultimately playing in a way that would like to see yourself playing in, doing things that you think you would do in a match situation".  

 

Scott Grant - Men's Saturday Team Coach

Shaun Park - Men's 3rd Team Coach

Coaching qualifications: FA Level 2 Award, FA GK Award Level 2, FA Safeguarding Children Certificate, FA Youth Award Module 1&2, FA Emergency First Aid Certificate,  SFA Physical Preparation Children Certificate, SFA Physical Preparation Adult Certificate, SFA 1.3 Coaching in the Game Certificate, SFA 1.2 Goalkeeping Certificate

 

Coaching Experience: 2 years as Head Coach of Tayport Thistle FC (14s and 15s)

 

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching: My coaching idols are Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp. I Like the offensive way of football these two coaches play. You will never get bored of watching their teams. Rafa Benitez for his calm character and for what he did as Valencia and Liverpool manager. Jurgen Klopp for his excellent job with Borussia Dortmund. He turned a poor team from the bottom of the German league into a title winning maching and also because he created the best Polish player ever (Robert Lewandowski)

 

 

What you enjoy about coaching: "The ability to work with different, intersting people. Observing the development of my players. I feel the greatest joy when i practise with the team and it brings results in the form of effective and good play during he match".

 

Michal Suski - Men's 4th Team Coach

Coaching qualifications: 

Level 1.1 1.2 1.3 for both youth and adult pathways. Children’s Award, Goalkeeping level 1 and UEFA C licence.

 

Coaching Experience: 

Previously Worked for SFA in taking children’s classes along with working with FFPA academy Players both boys and girls ages 9-12 which I was involved in for 2 years.  I have worked as a youth Coach with the Pars foundation. And I am currently the assistant coach with Bayside 2001’s youth team and the Head of youth Development with Progressive football west Lothian.

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:

"Growing up I’ve never had a coaching idol more players I admire. A coach I looked up to when I first started out in coaching was a coach named Lee Bailey he works with the SFA as a coach and head of football development in fife, as well as taking SFA and UEFA assessments, which is were I met him on a course and he gave me my first role in coaching and pushed me to develop and onto my UEFA C licence".

 

What you enjoy about coaching:

"With the younger players, I enjoy helping and watching as the develop into players, and being a part of that journey. With the older teams, I enjoy the tactical side and getting to implement ideas and practices. I enjoy the training and the team comradery, and the coemption and winning its a feeling I missed since I stopped playing. In general I just enjoy the sport and love having the opportunity to work in it".

Darren Hunter - Men's 6th Team Coach

Coaching Qualifications: SFA 1.1 Early touches, HND Coaching and Developing Sport, HNC Coaching and Developing Sport, SVQ Activity Leader Award.

 

Coaching Experience: Various Amateur teams (DSMFL), Assistant coach at DUSC and Douglas Lads YC (Both at under 11s), Coaching placements through College Courses and Leisure and Culture Coach (Basic Moves)

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:  "I don’t really have an idol as such as I think every coach brings something different to their teams so I would generally take bits and pieces from coaches that I like, then take it into my own coaching. Although I don’t have an idol there are a few coaches who I have admired what they have done in their coaching careers.

 

I'm a big fan of Italian football so I particularly admire coaches such as Antonio Conte, Carlo Ancelotti and Arrigo Sacchi. I admire Antonio Conte for the passion and enthusiasm he brings to his coaching. He also has a great ability to get players to play for him which has helped him be so successful. Carlo Ancelotti for the success he has had in different countries outside Italy which requires a high level of management. Although Arrigo Sacchi was before my time, I'm aware of how he revolutionised football in the 80's. His methods and styles have been successfully emulated by modern coaches such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

 

Out with the Italian coaches, I also admire coaches such as Diego Simeone and Jurgen Klopp. Simeone for the immense detail and Organization he has with his teams. Klopp for his passion for football and his manner with his players. ".

 

What you enjoy about coaching: "I enjoy being able to coach players and seeing them improving individually and collectively. I also enjoy seeing aspects of the game I have worked on at training sessions coming to fruition in games as it shows that the players are buying into my sessions. I also enjoy looking at tactical challenges for my team and how I can help them overcome these problems. But the best thing about coaching is winning! Nothing feels better than being the coach of a winning side at the end of a game.".

 

Olivia Blair - Women's 3rd Team Coach

 

 

Coaching Qualifications: SFA Early Touches; Coaching Young Footballers; Coaching in the Game; Development Activities; Coaching Footballers 13+; Disability Awareness in Sport

 

Coaching Experience: Girls coach, Breadalbane and Strathtay Youth Football Club; Lead Coach St Andrews & East Neuk Community Football Club; 2nd semester as St Andrews University Women’s 3rd team coach

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:  "Don’t really have one – I think coaching is a constantly evolving role and you pick up ideas and styles from so many different people. I’ve come to coaching later in life and have learned a huge amount over the last few months from the other university coaches; earlier on in my career I was lucky enough to work in a different capacity with Sir Alex Ferguson and Glenn Hoddle; Ferguson’s record speaks for itself but I love the way he knew his players so well off the pitch that he could get the best from them on the pitch; he basically created a dynasty of winners with that philosophy. Hoddle had and still has such tactical nous and the way he dissected the game was fascinating. Currently I love the way Jurgen Klopp coaches – with a smile on his face - players obviously love playing for him and you can’t ask for more than that. I also have admiration for the former England women’s national coach Hope Powell who did so much to progress the women’s game between 1998 and 2013."

 

What you enjoy about coaching: "I love working with a group of players and seeing them progress, both in terms of confidence and ability – the two often go hand in hand. There is nothing better than seeing something you have worked on in training with an individual or a group of players, come off in a match, and seeing the belief among those players. You really feel you have done your job and made a difference. I really enjoy the planning aspect of a training session – there is so much information out there that can be used or adapted for you to put your mark as a coach on your own session. And obviously nothing beats that winning feeling - but to me football is also about doing things in style, with a flourish – football is entertainment after all."

Luke Birmingham - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Coaching Qualifications: Degree in Strength and Conditioning, UKSCA accredited

 

Coaching Experience: Worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach for 4 years now. I have coached for SportScotland, Scottish Rugby, University of Dundee and University of St Andrews

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching:  "I do not have a coaching idol but many different coaches have helped me in developing my own coaching style and philosophy"

 

 

What you enjoy about coaching: " I enjoy working with passionate and enthusiastic people to help them achieve their goals"

Bryan Middleton - Video Analyst

Coaching Qualifications:  Early Touches 1.1 / Development Activities 1.1 / Coaching Footballers 13+ 1.2 / Prozone Performance Analysis Level 1 & 2 / Football Association Level 1 in Talent Identiification

 

Coaching Experience: "My experience falls more in the sports science and performance analysis disciplines as opposed to coaching. In addition to my role with The University of St Andrews, I have been the head of performance analysis with Forfar Farmington in the Scottish Women’s Premier League since 2015, assistant 1st Team analyst with the Hibernian men’s team since 2015, and a consultant performance analyst with the Scottish Football Association working mainly in the junior age groups since 2016".

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching: "I admire coaches and support staff who have made their way to the top in football despite never having played to a high level, or even professionally. The highest profile example would be Jose Mourinho, who has consistently coached successful teams over the past 15 years. A more recent example of someone from closer to home would be Ian Cathro, who has recently been appointed head coach of Hearts. They have had to overcome the adage that you need to have played football professionally to then forge a career in a non-playing capacity".

 

What you enjoy about coaching: "As mentioned earlier, the bulk of my experience and career path in football is centred around performance analysis. At its best, you are making a living from watching football! By the time I’m finished working on a game, I’ll have watched most of it 3 or 4 times. I take most satisfaction from being able to support a coach’s teaching points by identifying specific clips or statistics that make that point clearer to the players. It’s also great to be able to highlight where players have excelled, be it a moment of magic or consistent performances, and they are usually thankful for a clip they can show-off to friends and family!"

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Coaching Qualifications:   SFA Coaching Level 1/ PFSA Level 2 Scouting qualification

 

Coaching Experience:  Dundee West under-13 girls

                                        Newport FC

                                        Madras College fourth year football team (2 years)

                                        Madras College senior football team (1 year)

 

Coaching idol, why, and how have they shaped your coaching: "My coaching idol, growing up a rangers fan, has been Walter Smith. How he had his team playing, and the success he gained has inspired to be like him. Other coaches such as Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, who have all brought there own unique style to the game, have all encouraged me to be better and improve. A coach from my youth, Billy Sorrie, is another inspiration for me, and the way that he coached me and how he styled his football has inspired my own coaching style."

 

What you enjoy about coaching: "In coaching, I enjoy being able to learn from the players, and always enjoy the thrill of when you’re team is playing well, and you can see that they are improving every week. I also enjoy working with a wide range of players both in age and ability, and love gaining insight into how different players work, and the excitement that different players can bring to the game. Another aspect is the success you can get from matches, and being able to see something that you have worked on during training, adapt and work in a game fills me with an enormous sense of pride and joy."

Conor McRitchie - Men's 5th Team Coach

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Wayne Henderson - Head Goalkeeping Coach

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