Hartpury College


Dean graduated from Loughborough University in 1992 after completing a joint honours degree in Physical Education, Sports Science and Social Science, and continued his studies there by completing a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE).

Dean worked as a physical education teacher in secondary and further education for fifteen years before joining Hartpury from the Rugby Football Union, where he was a coach educator. Dean completed an MA in Social Science with the Open University in 2006 before gaining an MSc in Coaching Science from Hartpury in 2008. As a practitioner he has coached regional representative rugby union teams at Under 16 and Under 19, toured with British Colleges to New Zealand in 2005 and has coached the English Divisions Under 16 team. Dean is currently the Assessment Support Tutor for the RFU UKCC Level 4 course and contributes to the associated Sports Coach UK cross-sport community of practice.

Job Title and Responsibilities:
Senior Lecturer – Sports Coaching
MSc Coaching Science Programme Manager
Graduate Assistant Scheme Co-ordinator

Teaching Interests:
Coaching Craft
Coaching Practitioner Development Pathways
Accrediting Work-based Learning

Research Interests:
Relating Transferable Professional Skills to Coach Education
Sports Coaching as a Form of Counselling

Recent Research Activity and Conference Presentations:

4th International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference - Vancouver 2008

The 'Fours Field' Project - Developing Student Understanding and Personal Skills Through Games-Based Problem-Solving - 26th ACHPER National Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, 2009.

The 'Fours Field' Project - Developing Student Understanding and Personal Skills Through Games-Based Problem-Solving - 3rd ICPESS Global Conference, Nangyang Technical College, Singapore 2010.

Competitive Sport Culture and Curriculum Development – Teaching Games for Understanding – Awareness, Resistance and Use – TGfU International Seminar – A Coruna, Spain, 2010.

An Appreciation of Athlete Welfare Mediated by Coach A.U.R.A. - ICSEMIS Pre-Olympic Conference, Glasgow 2012.

D.E.E.P. Play – Helping Students Move from the ‘Deep End’ to the ‘Depends’ – Teaching Games for Understanding Conference – Loughborough University, 2012.