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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.

Adam Pilling

Head of Academy Coaching


Martin Dunn

Head of Recruitment

Martin is one of the newest members of staff in the Academy set-up having been appointed 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.

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.


Matt Murphy

Head of Education

Matt has been employed by the Academy in the role of Head of Education since October 2014. His role at the Academy is to assist each player in their development and academic progress, liaising with schools, colleges and universities in matters concerning players' education and welfare along with forming links with Education establishments. Matt has degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Coaching Science gained during his time at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed his PGCE at the University of Huddersfield.

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.


Richard Naylor

Academy Coach

Former Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United defender who made over 470 career appearances, Richard was appointed as the Academy’s new Professional Development Phase Coach in the summer of 2016. After retiring form 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 manages the Academy’s Under-18 side in partnership with Richard O’Donnell.

Terry Boyle

Academy Coach

Terry is another new face at the Academy having been appointed in the role of Professional Development Phase Coach working with the Under-21 Development Squad in June 2014. 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.

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 oversees the Under-12s-Under-16s age groups within the Academy set-up.

Kris Blakeston

Academy Coach

Kris is one of the longest serving members of the Academy staff having worked at the club for eight 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-15s/16s side. Kris is currently undertaking his UEFA 'A' Licence.

Richard O'Donnell

Academy Coach

A UEFA ‘A’ Licence qualified coach, Richard was appointed as Professional Development Phase Coach, working alongisde Richard Naylor with the Academy’s Under-18s squad, in January 2015. 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 recently 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.

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, where he works alongside Lead Youth Development Coach Kris Blakeston with the Under-12s-Under-16s sides at the Academy. Along with holding a degree in Physical Education as well as a PGCE, Matt is also a UEFA ‘A’ licence holder.

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 will also be running the Academy Development Centres.

Ally Hamilton

Lead Academy Sport Scientist

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 and is currently combining his duties at Hull City with working as a Sport Scientist in the England Under-15 set-up. Ally’s qualifications include a BSc Hons in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Hull whilst also being a UEFA ‘B’ Licence coach.

Ben Tempest

Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach and Education Assistant

Ben was appointed as Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Academy in July 2014, and also doubles up as an Education Assistant. 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 all Strength and Conditioning programmes/interventions 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 holds a degree in Sports Performance and is currently undergoing his Strength & Conditioning accreditation.


Sam Bowering

Sports Scientist

Sam joined the club in July 2014 as a part-time Sports Science Intern after gaining a First Class Honours BSc degree in Sports Coaching and Performance at the University of Hull.  A former professional rugby league player, he has played for Hull K.R, Hull Ionians, Hunslet Hawks and Newcastle Thunder, whilst representing England students in the Student Rugby League World Cup Final.  Sam’s primarily role at the Academy is to develop and monitor the long-term athletic development of the FDP and YDP players, whilst supporting the sports science provision for the PDP players. Sam has recently gained an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Hull and holds a variety of other sports coaching qualifications, who is currently undergoing his Strength & Conditioning accreditation.

Mike Brown

Lead Academy Physio


Tom Dell

Academy Physiotherapist


Duncan Robson

Academy Therapist

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.

Frank Donoghue

Kit Logistics Manager

Currently the longest-serving member of staff on the club’s books, Frank has been an employee of Hull City since way back in 1984! He played a key role in starting-up the Tigers’ Centre of Excellence 20 years ago, which has now developed into the current Academy set-up. Frank is in charge of all kit organisation and management within the Academy: ordering and supplying new kit, managing match and training-day kit for all ages and acting as Kit Man for all Academy sides. On top of all those responsibilities, Frank is also the resident handyman in the Academy set-up as well as organising the ball-boys for first team fixtures.

Andrew Bailey

Assistant Kit Manager


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-21s, on a full time basis with the aim of assisting young talent on their progression to becoming professional footballers.

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.

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 is 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.