Academy Welcomes New Coaches
Jon Beale has expressed his delight after strengthening his coaching staff at the Academy with the appointments of Craig Fagan and Luke Templeman as the Club looks to further improve the development of its young players.
Fagan, who enjoyed two spells as a player with the Tigers, is a UEFA A Licence coach and will work with the Academy's Under-15s/16s side during the 2018/19 season. 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 for the Club in all competitions, scoring 20 goals.
Templeman, who will be working with the Under-10s in the Foundation Phase, arrives 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.
The duo were appointed following an extensive recruitment process which saw Fagan and Templeton emerge as the stand-out choices from a long list of applicants.
Welcoming both to the Club, Academy Manager Beale said: "I'm delighted to have them both on board because they will bring different qualities to the role with their commitment, professionalism and experience.
"Luke is a young but really enthusiastic coach who has just started his UEFA A Licence. He is young to be on his A-Licence in fairness to him but he brings real enthusiasm to the role.
"He's progressed in coaching through an educational background rather than being involved as a former professional footballer but has plenty of experience having previously been Lead Youth Development Phase Coach at York City.
"As I say, he's young, energetic and brings real enthusiasm which is a real plus for the Academy and our younger players that he will be working within the Foundation phase.
"And then we've got Craig who will be working with the older lads - our U15s/U16s. We've put him with that age group because of his experience as a player.
"Obviously he's well-known in the city of Hull for his contribution to the Club during the 2004/05 and 2007/08 promotion-winning seasons.
"Being a former player who has come up through the youth ranks at a Club, he's been in their situation and will be able to pass on his vast experience to the lads.
"His ability to not only coach but help and advise the lads will be really important, which can only be beneficial as they look to earn a two-year scholarship contract with us."
The newly created coaching roles are in addition to the number of coaches required for any Academy to operate at Category Two level and now means that each and every one of the nine age groups in the Club's youth set-up will now have a full-time coach working with them, much to the delight of Beale.
"I already had a great group of staff in place here at the Academy, not just in terms of coaching but in all departments," he added.
"The staff we have are excellent in what they do but to be able to add to that and put people in roles where they can have the biggest impact on the players and their development is fantastic. It's a great opportunity which now allows us to have a full-time coach in every age group.
"That, in turn, allows us to individualise what we do with the players far more. We can go into far more detail in terms of their individual development programmes and give ourselves the opportunity to push our players on at a greater capacity than what we currently do.
"I'm really pleased to have the pair of them on board and it's great that the owners of the Club are backing us in what we're trying to do here at the Academy by giving us that additional support. The two new additions go above and beyond what is required for us to be Category Two in terms of our coaching staff, so it's great that we've received that backing.
"The owners have been fantastic with the Academy since I came here, both when Tony (Pennock) was in charge and during my time as Academy Manager. To know that you have the backing of your boss and the powers that be is huge in any industry, especially football. They support my ideas and what I want to do.
"Obviously the benefits of what we've been doing is seeing the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Max Clark, Dan Batty and Josh Tymon make the step up to play for the first team in recent seasons.
"When the owners see that success, obviously it gives them the incentive to support us even more, which they have done with the two additions to the coaching staff. If they can see what we're doing is working and we're going to produce players, then the backing will be there. To have that support and backing as we look to continue the progress we've made in recent seasons is fantastic."