Our 2021 Academy coaching staff have been confirmed as all our academy teams return to pre season action this week.
Our Under 19 men’s team will be managed by Declan Boyle who has taken over the reigns from Brian Dorrian. Garry Buckley will be part of the sides coaching staff. We’d also like to welcome two new members to our coaching staff. Mick Duffy and Barry Mullen join the club for the first time.
Ryan Casey continues to manage our Under 17 boy’s side. Casey will be assisted by Packie Lynch for their third season in a row. Lewis Banks and Ultan McKenna will make up the coaching team at that age level.
Our Under 15 side will be managed by Paul Masterson and Marcel Gordon. The pair have been working together alongside Conor O’ Grady for the last number of seasons and now continue to manage the team alongside the influential Greg Bolger.
Alan Farry manages the Under 14 side (previously Under 13) for his third season alongside Kieran Brick. Youngsters Niall Morahan and Mark Byrne are also part of the backroom team for 2021.
Our Ladies’ teams have also had some changes this season.
Darragh Healy takes charge of the new Under 19 team alongside Scott Lynch. Darragh previously managed the club’s Under 17 Ladies team in 2019.
Aaron O’ Connor from Boyle comes into the club as manager of our Under 17 Ladies team, taking over from Danny O’ Leary. O’ Connor has a wealth of experience in the game. Irish international Emma Hansberry joins the club in a coaching role alongside Stacey Muldowney. Both girls have plenty of experience in Ladies football.
The club have also appointed a Head of Goalkeeping for the 2021 season. Brian Morahan will oversee the goalkeepers of all academy teams. Brian has been working in the Under 19 backroom team for a number of years and this new role will be a vital one for our club net minders.
Head of Strength & Conditioning for the 2021 season is Ross Chrystal. Ross is overseeing the players’ training programmes and is an important member of the club’s staff.
Chris Jenkins will become the Academy’s video analyst and work alongside the club’s coaching staff in tracking team performance on the pitch.
Declan Brennan and Ciara Mulrooney will oversee the men’s and ladies’ physiotherapy from their base at The Showgrounds.