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Jon Beale

Academy Manager

Jon was appointed as Professional Development Phase Coach, working with the Academy’s Under-18 squad, in May 2014 before being promoted to the role of Head of Academy Coaching eight months later. Prior to his arrival at the Tigers’ Academy, he worked at Swansea City’s Academy where he undertook a number of different roles within the Academy’s structure ranging from Foundation Phase Lead Coach to Head of Academy Coaching, playing a major role in the Academy’s transition from Category 3 status to Category 2 status. UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified, Jon has over 10 years’ experience of coaching within professional football club Academy set-ups and stepped up to the role of Academy Manager in November 2016.

Richard Naylor

Head of Academy Coaching

Former Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United defender who made over 470 career appearances, Richard was appointed as a Professional Development Phase Coach in the summer of 2016 before progressing to the role of Head of Academy Coaching in late 2018. After retiring from the game in 2012, he began his coaching career at Leeds United, leading their Under-18 side to the league title in his first season in charge. A UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified coach, Richard coaches the Academy’s Under-18s side alongside John Anderson.

Charlotte Carrington

Academy Secretary

Charlotte has been working in the Academy set-up since September 2012 after previously training and working as a Management Accountant. In her current role, Charlotte is responsible for ensuring all Academy administration matters comply with football’s governing bodies’ (Premier League, The Football League, The FA, UEFA & FIFA) rules and regulations, along with the organisation of all office practice within the Academy. This consists of all the administration surrounding player registrations, fixtures, Academy events and tournaments, whilst also providing all the necessary assistance for Academy Manager Jon Beale and the technical staff.

Ally Hamilton

Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine

Ally is currently in his second spell at the Academy having previously worked as an Academy Coach and Sports Science intern for seven years between 2005-2012. He returned to the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2013 to take up the role of Lead Academy Sports Scientist prior to moving into his current role in July 2018. Alongside working at the academy Ally is also studying for a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. Ally’s qualifications include a BSc Hons in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Hull, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist accreditation with the NSCA whilst also being a UEFA ‘B’ Licence coach.

Martin Dunn

Head of Recruitment

Martin was appointed as the Academy's Head of Recruitment in September 2014. His responsibilities centre on ensuring that the club is at the forefront in the identification and engagement of young players and the robust recruitment structures and policies. Martin has been employed in the recruitment and development of young players within a professional sporting environment for the past 15 years, during which he has worked with a number of clubs and players at local and international level.

Dean Jennings

Head of Education

Dean was appointed Assistant Head of Education in February 2018, working with the first-year scholars delivering both BTEC Sport and on the NVQ programmes. He was also our lead Co-ordinator for our day release programme. As recently as June 2018, Dean was promoted to our Head of Education, where he now oversees the whole education provision for all of our attending students. Here he works closely with all of our partner schools to ensure their education experiences are both meaningful and are relevant to meet the needs of each individual player. Prior to working for the Academy, Dean worked both as a PE teacher and a coach, gaining his QTS along with his UEFA B Licence and completing his FA Youth Modules.

Kathy Rowe OBE

Head of Safeguarding

Kathy has been involved with the Club as a safeguarding advisor since 2008 before being appointed as Safeguarding Manager in November 2013 and has had a key role in shaping the Academy’s recently-introduced safeguarding polices. Kathy boasts a wealth of experience in her field, having previously worked as the Principal Manager of the Hull Safeguarding Children Board where she was awarded an OBE in 2006 for her work with children who give evidence in court, and in 2011 was awarded a Safeguarding Star by the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit.


Steve Croudson

Head of Academy Goalkeeping

Steve joined the Academy as Head of Academy Goalkeeping in July 2014 having previously been a Goalkeeping Coach at Grimsby Town for eight years working with all goalkeepers from the Under-9s to the first team. A former professional footballer, he began his career with the Mariners in 1996 and spent seven years at the club before going on to have spells at Scunthorpe United, Stevenage and Halifax Town. However, his playing days came to a premature end when he was forced to retire at the age of 24 due to a recurring dislocated shoulder. Steve is close to finishing his FA Goalkeeping ‘A’ Licence.


John Anderson

Academy Coach

Former Hull City defender John joined the club’s Academy as Lead Youth Development Coach in November 2013. He enjoyed a 13-year playing career in the game during which he had spells at Greenock Morton, Livingston and Bristol Rovers as well as the Tigers. UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified, John previously oversaw the Under-12s-Under-16s age groups within the Academy set-up before being promoted to the role of Under-18s joint manager.

Terry Boyle

Academy Coach

Terry arrived at the Academy when appointed to the role of Professional Development Phase Coach in June 2014. He originally worked with former Academy Manager Tony Pennock with the Under-23s before a spell in charge of the Under-18s and now currently manages the Academy's Under-14s side. As a UEFA Pro Licence holder, Terry brings with him a wealth of experience in football, as a player, during which he played for Wales at every level and made over 500 league appearances, coach and staff instructor delivering courses and mentoring coaches at UEFA ‘A’ Licence level.

Matt Hare

Academy Coach

Matt first joined the coaching staff at the Academy over eight years ago, starting out working at Development Centres before being promoted to part-time age group coach in 2010, working in both the Foundation and Youth Development phases during his first five years in the role. He joined the coaching staff at Bishop Burton on a full-time basis as Assistant Youth Development Phase Coach in 2015 and currently coaches the Academy's Under-12s side. Along with holding a degree in Physical Education as well as a PGCE, Matt is also a UEFA ‘A’ licence holder.

Craig Fagan

Academy Coach

Craig, who enjoyed two spells with the Tigers during his playing career, returned to the Club in the summer of 2018. A UEFA A Licence qualified coach, he joined the Academy after spending two years working within Southend United' youth set-up and will work with the Under-16s throughout the 2018/19 campaign. As a player, Fagan was a true fans’ favourite at the KCOM Stadium. His blistering pace and eye for goal were the trademarks of the Birmingham-born winger who went on to feature more than 150 times in a Hull City shirt in all competitions, scoring 20 goals, also making a total of 355 appearances in his 13-year career as a professional. 

Richard O'Donnell

Academy Coach

A UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified coach, Richard was appointed as Professional Development Phase Coach in January 2015 and currently coaches the Academy's Under-15s/Under-16s. He was on the books at both Barnsley and Scunthorpe United as a youngster, only for a serious knee injury to curtail any hopes of enjoying a career as a professional footballer. He began his coaching career working in York City’s youth set-up before becoming a part-time coach at the Tigers’ Academy in August 2008, working with the Under-15 and Under-16 sides, prior to joining the coaching staff at Bishop Burton on a full-time basis six-and-a-half years later.

Daniel O'Keeffe

Academy Coach

Daniel joined the coaching staff on a full-time basis having previously worked for the Academy in a part-time role for more than 15 years. All-in-all, he has been coaching for over 20 years now, during which time he has also worked for Hull City Football in the Community, East Riding FA and The FA prior to taking up his current position of Lead Foundation Phase Coach in the Tigers’ youth set-up. Daniel is currently working towards his Advanced FA Youth Award.

Kris Blakeston

Academy Coach

Kris is one of the longest serving members of the Academy staff having worked at the club for eleven years now.  Previous Roles include Lead Foundation Phase Coach, and assistant youth development phase coach. Kris’s new role is the Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, which sees him responsbile for looking after the Under-12s-Under-16s age groups. Kris has coaching experience of every age group in the Academy set-up – ranging from Under-7s to Under-21s/Reserves - and currently coaches the Academy's Under-13s side. Kris is a UEFA 'A' Licence coach.

Chris Latham

Academy Coach

Chris has recently joined the coaching staff on a full-time basis having previously worked part-time at Wolves Academy. Chris’ previous roles included working for Derby County Community Trust, working as their Talent Identification Coordinator helping to recruit Foundation Phase players for Derby County Academy. Chris has his UEFA ‘B’ licence and a Youth Module 3 Award and will be working alongside Matt Hare and Daniel O’Keeffe with the support of the U11s/U12s transition into the Youth Development Phase. Chris also runs the Academy Development Centres.

Luke Templeman

Academy Coach

Luke, who works with the Under-10s in the Foundation Phase, arrived at the Academy from York City where he was previously Lead Youth Development Phase Coach in the Minstermen's youth set-up. Currently working towards achieving his UEFA A Licence despite only being 23 years-of-age, he boasts further coaching experience having spent a year working in America following a three-year stint with the FA Girls Centre of Excellence at Teesside University.

Vas Mani

Academy Doctor


Duncan Robson

Academy Physio

Duncan has been part of the Academy’s Medical Department for four years now, and is part of the multi-disciplinary team based up at Bishop Burton alongside the Under-21s. Primarily, Duncan is responsible for the Under-18 squad as well as providing injury diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for the remaining Academy teams from Under-9s-Under-16s. Last year, he oversaw the transition of the Sport Science and Medical department in progressing from a Category 3 to Category 2 status as part of the club’s continued progression to attain overall Category 2 status.

Alex Moore

Academy Physio


Ben Tempest

Academy Physical Performance Coach

Ben joined the Academy's Strength and Conditioning team on a full-time basis in July 2014. His main role is to ensure that players are fully prepared physically to be able to meet the demands of professional football and to implement Strength and Conditioning programmes for the Academy. He first started working in the Academy set-up back in August 2007 on a part-time basis to support the development of the Sports Science/Strength & Conditioning Programme. Ben is a qualified teacher and holds a degree in Sports Performance from the University of Hull. He is currently undergoing his Strength & Conditioning accreditation.

Calum MacMaster

Academy Physical Performance Coach

A UEFA ‘B’ Licence qualified coach, Calum began working at the Academy as a Sport Scientist in February 2019 having previously provided sports science assistance to a number of Scottish football clubs including Kilmarnock, Rangers and, most recently, St Mirren. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2018 with first-class BSc Hons in Physiology and Sports Science and is currently an MSc student at University of Hull. Calum's role within the Tigers' youth ranks sees him primarily working with the Academy's Under-23 Development side.

Aaron Codd

Academy Physical Performance Coach

An accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach with the UKSCA - the UK's professional body for Strength and Conditioning - Aaron Codd joined the Academy ranks as a Physical Performance Coach in October 2018. He spent the previous seven years as Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach at Nuffield High Performance Tennis Academy from 2011 to 2018, a role which saw him work with national and international junior tennis players. Away from life at Bishop Burton College, Aaron is currently Head of Strength & Conditioning at Hull Ionian’s RUFC, whilst also working with numerous athletes from a variety of sports such as football, ice hockey, tennis & figure skating.


Craig Fairbairn

Lead Academy Analyst

Upon graduating from the University of Hull with a degree in Sports Coaching and Performance, Craig embarked on a PhD in Performance Analysis. During this time, he learned his trade in Rugby League working with Hull Kingston Rovers and the New Zealand Kiwis in the Rugby League World Cup. An avid football fan, Craig jumped at the chance to join the Academy set-up as part-time Performance Analyst for the Under-18s before being given the role of Lead Academy Analyst, working with the Under-9s-Under-23s, on a full time basis with the aim of assisting young talent on their progression to becoming professional footballers. Craig has also recently obtained a PhD in performance analysis from the University of Hull.

Andrew Bailey

Kit Manager

Andy joined the Academy in the role of Assistant Kit Manager ahead of the 2017/18 season. He had previously been an intern within the Performance Analysis Department at the Club’s youth set-up throughout the 2016/17 campaign, primarily focusing on videoing all Foundation and Youth Development Phase matches, and also enjoyed a similar role at Driffield RUFC. Andy graduated from the University of Hull in July 2017, gaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Coaching and Performance.

Anton Ellis

Assistant Head of Education

Anton is a versatile educator with 10 years of experience within the sector, teaching across all age ranges from primary to degree level. He joins us after working in schools throughout the region and Australia. His role will be to deliver the apprentice program and coordinate the Academy’s day release program to ensure educational provision across all age groups.

Keith Earle

Academy Psychologist

Keith has been working at the Academy since 2014 providing psychological expertise and support to players and staff. He is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and also holds HCPC registration. Keith was a lecturer in Sport Psychology at the University of Hull where he completed his undergraduate degree and PhD in mental toughness. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with a number of professional clubs from a wide range of sports.