2016 Staff Profiles
I am currently the Coach Education and Talent Football Development Officer in the Bay of Plenty for WaiBOP Football Federation. I was a former youth football player with professional clubs St Johnstone, Berwick Rangers and Forfar Athletic in my home country of Scotland and was previously an NZ National League player for Otago United.
I am a qualified youth and children’s coach with the Scottish FA and coached for St Johnstone football club. I have also coached in the USA at San Clemente and Essential Soccer. In New Zealand I am a qualified Senior, Youth and Junior coach and coach educator and have worked as a Football Development Officer for the past 10 years.
In 2014, I coached the winning NAGT U15 WaiBOP girl’s squad and in 2015/16, I was assistant coach of WaiBOP United in the NZ National League. I have also had head coaching positions at Southland Spirit and Taupo FC.
I am looking forward to working with the talented players we have in the WaiBOP region to achieve success on and off the field. We will also be looking to help players develop individually on their technical qualities and tactical understanding of the game which will also aid our collective team outcomes. The key aim for the season is to bring enjoyment and honour into playing for our Federation, which will need hard work and commitment from everyone involved.
I was born in Hartlepool, England in 1973. I am the current Head Coach of Hamilton Wanderers’ Women’s NRFL team. I’ve played and loved football all of my life. My playing career extended to semi-professional level, playing for Horden Colliery Welfare FC in the Northern League.
My favourite football team is Manchester United, who I’ve supported from an early age. My football idol is without doubt Eric (the king) Cantona who influenced United’s domination throughout the 1990’s. Cantona is renowned for his flair and spontaneity on the pitch and for providing quotes off the field. My favourite: “When seagulls follow the trawler, they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.” A chocolate fish for anyone who knows the reason for the quote!
Born and bred in Tauranga, I currently play for Otumoetai FC where we won the Bay League and Federation Cup in 2015 and then finished 4th in the WaiBOP Women’s Premier League in 2016. I previously played in the NRFL for Papamoa in 2011 and 2012 and also played in WaiBOP’s NWL squad in 2011 and 2012.
My love for goalkeeping started at a really young age but now I wish to coach the position instead of play. I have coached goalkeepers at a number of Federation Talent Centre Camps for WaiBOP and I am also the Goalkeeper Coach for Otumoetai Women’s first team. I am an avid supporter of Liverpool FC.
I am originally from Blackpool, England and have been in New Zealand for just over a year. I graduated from the University of Cumbria with a BA Hons Degree in Community Sport and Physical Activity Development and I am the current Women’s Development Officer for WaiBOP Football Federation.
I played for Thornton-Cleveleys FC, Blackpool FC and Blackburn Rovers Centre of Excellence. I have also coached in England, America for Youth Elite Soccer and, since being in New Zealand, I coached the winning WaiBOP U16 Girl’s NAGT team in 2015 and Hamilton Girls High School to 4th in the NZSS Premier Competition in Nelson. I am, unfortunately, a Blackpool FC supporter.