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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. Ally recently completed a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, whilst his other 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.

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.

Andy Dawson

Lead Professional Development Phase Coach


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’ and Pro 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 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.

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.

Chris Latham

Academy Coach

Chris joined Hull City Academy in 2017 on a full-time basis having previously worked part-time at Wolves' Academy. His previous roles included working for Derby County Community Trust, as their Talent Identification Coordinator helping to recruit Foundation Phase players for Derby County Academy. Chris is a UEFA 'A' licence coach who is also completing his Advanced Youth Award whilst also supporting the clubs academy Youth Development Phase age groups. Chris also oversees and manages the clubs 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.

Duncan Robson

Academy Medical Services Lead

Originally from Hull, Duncan has worked at the Academy since 2010, having previously worked within the first-team medical department during their first exploits into the Premier League back in 2008. His roles and experiences have stretched across all age group and now leads the Academy medical provision as Academy Medical Services Lead. As well as recently completing his Masters degree in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University, Duncan’s broader experiences and interests lie within strength and conditioning and marrying this up within the injury rehabilitation setting.

Lucy Gittens

Academy Physiotherapist

Lucy first came to work for the Academy in December 2017 as a part-time Physiotherapist following qualification from York St John University in May 2017. Since January 2020, she has been working as a full-time Academy Physiotherapist and is currently responsible for injury assessment and management, for the U9s-U16s players. Lucy holds a registration to the HCPC and is an accredited member of the CSP.

Ben Tempest

Academy Physical Performance Coach

Ben first joined Hull City back in August 2008 on a part-time basis, working with the Centre of Excellence, reserves and assisting the first-team Sports Science staff, before becoming a full-time member of the Academy's Sports Science and Medicine team in July 2014. A qualified PE teacher, holds a BSC Hons in Sports Coaching and Performance from the University of Hull, Ben is an accredited member of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK).

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.

Lee Wright

Academy Analyst


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.

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.