Adam Murry – Academy Director
Former Director of AFC Bournemouth (EPL) Adam took over the club in 2008 to support the club’s dire situation, investing heavily and immersing himself in all aspects of the club, appointing Eddie Howe as permanent Manager on the 19th January 2009 and assisted in changing the mind-set of the players and reinvigorating their training regime. After recovering from a seventeen point deficit in the bottom of the English football League (fondly referred to locally as ‘The Great Escape’), AFC Bournemouth secured promotion the following year and by 2014/15 season had ascended to the Premier League, arguably the most competitive Soccer League in the world.
Adam also owns Yeovil Women F.C. A professional womens football club that plays in the top 3 divisions of English Football.
- FA Registered Coach
- UEFA B*
- FA Coach’s Club Member
- FA Goalkeeping Coaching Award
- Level 2 Coaching Strength/Conditioning for Sport
- Sports Science Degree
- FA talent ID LI
- Fully Qualified Martial Arts Coach
- FA Safeguarding Children
- FA Emergency Aid
- Defibrillator Trained
- *Currently undertaking
Sarah Murry – Community Director
Wife of Former Director of AFC Bournemouth (EPL) Sarah supported Adam throughout the club’s dire situation. After recovering from a seventeen point deficit in the bottom of the English football League (fondly referred to locally as ‘The Great Escape’), AFC Bournemouth secured promotion the following year and by 2014 had ascended to the Premier League, arguably the most competitive Soccer League in the world.
Sarah continues to work full time within the Academy supporting the Coaches, Parents and the management of the Academy.
One of Sarah’s passions is to work on delivering community outreach programs to less privileged children and also other initiatives beneficial to developing soccer within the community.
Craig Heseltine- Head of Operations
Craig’s career has spanned over 20 years of soccer coaching that includes 12 years at a director/ club management level. He is a very hard working individual with massive ambition and vision towards development within sports, and prides himself on effecting players and coaches in a positive manner allowing them to grow and learn in a healthy environment, as a leader that is dedicated to mentoring/developing coaches and other staff, also helping youth players make positive decisions that affect them in every manner. Creating a pathway that is geared towards good morals that helps build self-confidence, team work and respect not just in sports but in life as well.
2014 – 2017 – IMG Academy – Staff Coach.
Head Coach USSDA U16 Boys and Assistant coach USSDA U18
Head coach – U21 Boys
Head coach – U19 Boys
Effective communication within Management – 2 year Associate Degree. – University North Florida
Mentoring and Coaching within the workplace – 2 year Associate Degree – University North Florida
UEFA B License – IFA.
UEFA C License – IFA.
F.A Certificate level 1. F.A
F.A Certificate Level 2. F.A
1st 4 sport Learning disabled performers certificate.
USSF B License.
USSF National Youth License Distinction – TOP Youth Development License.
NSCAA Director of Coaching.
NSCAA Advance National.
NSCAA National , Advanced Regional and Regional Diplomas
Shaun Brooks- Head of Coaching
Shaun Brooks is an English retired footballer who played in the Football League for Crystal Palace, Leyton Orient and Bournemouth.He is the son of Johnny Brooks who was also a professional footballer for several clubs and represented England on three occasions.Shaun began his youth career with Crystal Palace and signed professional terms in October 1979. His senior debut came in a home 1–0 win against Leeds United on 12 April 1980, but it was his only appearance that season.
In four seasons at Leyton Orient, Shaun made 148 League appearances scoring 26 times before moving on to Bournemouth in 1987 for whom he played 128 times (13 goals). He was released by Bournemouth in 1992 and spent two seasons with Dorchester Town before making a brief return to Bournemouth. Brooks finished his League career with Leyton Orient, moving to Worthing in 1996.
MANAGERS PLAYED UNDER
National team manager of England from 1994 to 1996 (leading the team to the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championships), and of Australia from 1997 to 1998. He has also managed several club sides including Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United and Barcelona.
Managed AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City. In his second spell at Portsmouth, he managed the side that won the 2008 FA Cup. At the conclusion of the 2009–10 season, he guided Tottenham into the UEFA Champions League
Managed three clubs in the Premier League, most recently with West Bromwich Albion. Pulis had taken over at newly-promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace in November 2013, only a few months after bringing an end to a successful tenure in charge of Stoke City
- UEFA A License
- UEFA B License
- FA Coach’s Club Member
- Diploma in Fitness Training and Sports Therapy to include Nutrition and Sports Massage
- FA talent ID LI
- Level 1, 2 and 3 Youth Module
- FA Safeguarding Children
- FA Emergency Aid
Jamie Wilson – Coach
Jamie Progressed through youth level football in England, competing both locally and regionally at club level. Over 60 appearances across 2 seasons for Bournemouth FC as a central midfielder before the age of 22. During his time at the club, he was fortunate enough to make 3 FA Cup appearances across 2 seasons.
Recently he has made a professional appearance for the Wolues FC who played in the National League in the British Virgin Islands – after a successful trial period he was signed and scored 5 goals in 5 games and had a personal unbeaten record for the team and was a key part in the Wolues shock victory over 7-year unbeaten champions Islanders FC scoring twice in a 2-1 win.
Jamie was then invited into train with the BVI National Team, again a successful period of training led to a further opportunity – a week’s training camp in July 2018 to represent the squad in 3 international fixtures. 2 wins and a draw against Dutch and French St. Maatern and St. Barthelemy respectively saw the best run of form for the BVI in over 30 years to which he had played 90 mins in every game. Following on from this, he was selected to represent the BVI in the Concacaf Nations League to which they are competing on the international stage against the likes of Martinique, Suriname, Bonnaire and Turks and Caicos. Jamie is still currently playing in the national side with our next upcoming fixtures in March 2019 and World Cup Qualifiers later in the year.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH ID Center & Shadow Squads – Jamie was first a part of the ID center when it was founded. Both delivering and assisting within sessions and fixtures.
Before taking the role at ESSA, Jamie works with Champion Football Development, planning, delivering and reviewing football sessions in an advanced training centre in order to develop individuals technically, physically, socially and psychologically, to progress players into full time academies such as AFC Bournemouth, Southampton FC, Yeovil Town FC, etc.. Jamie’s experience from the organisation has allowed him to travel Europe and compete alongside international academies in Spain, Holland, England and many more. He has been able to observe and understand first-hand the modern footballing world and how styles may vary from country to country examples of training schedules, match tactics, individual training and commitments. Plus, presenting and leading coach and teacher education events in delivering football and understand short and long term player development methods.
Competing in the Barcelona Youth Cup on two separate occasions as U-12 manager finishing 6th and 4th respectively with majority of players playing up an age group with others two years up. The Holland Youth Cup managing and finishing 2nd was a fantastic achievement with players competing at an U-13 age range, again with a handful of players competing up an age group. The Southampton International Cup Tournament Winners 2017, managing an unbeaten U-13’s side throughout entire competition and also proudly having one of our players awarded Player of the Tournament. Jamie feels the progress made and achievements gained have come directly from working with the players on a regular basis and understanding how their individual attributes fit into the team, being able to help cater to each individual’s learning style was vital to the success we have had as a team and I have had as a coach.
UEFA B Licensed Coach
FA Level 2
FA Level 1
FA Youth Award
FA Youth Module 1
FA Youth Module 2
FA Youth Module 3
FA Psychology Award
FA Futsal Level 1
FA Talent ID
FA Emergency Aid Award Certificate
FA Safeguarding Children Certificate
FA Licensed Coach #57792887
*Current working Personal Trainer Level 3
*Current working Gym Instructor Level 2
Level 3 increasing participation in sport
Level 3 employment awareness
Advanced level apprenticeship in sports development
FA Masterclass awards:
Creative Attacking Play
FA Online CPD:
NVQ Level 3 diploma – Sports & Activity Leadership
NVQ Level 2 diploma – Sports & Activity Leadership
UK Sports Leader Level 2
UK Sports Leader level 1
RFU tag rugby
ECB Level 1
Jack Roberts – Coach
Jack has a wealth of experience and knowledge across both the UK and USA. Most notably, Jack spent time at Lincoln City and also Leicester City Football Club during their 2016 campaign when they shocked the footballing world by winning the Premier League under Manager, Claudio Ranieri. This type of exposure has allowed Jack vast opportunities in both football in the UK and more recently, soccer in the US.
Jack has spent many years in Fulton and Springfield, Missouri coaching and working predominantly at university and college level. His experience working within the NCAA D1 system will benefit the players and ESSA vastly and we are excited to get him on board with us.
Alongside the years working with college athletes, Jack has spent time developing elementary school players as well. The adaptability to work with a range of ages is something that Academy Director, Adam Murry, took notice of.
Aside from coaching, Jack has an abundance of playing experience at academy, non-league, professional and international level… something that Jack will be able to help teach the players and help share his experiences.
Currently: Saint Leo University Mens Soccer Assistant Coach
– Master of Arts in Communications
– Bachelor of Arts in Communications
– UEFA B License Coaching Certificate *
– English FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate
– US Soccer D License
– US Soccer Grassroots 11v11 License
– US Soccer Grassroots 9v9 License
– AFC Telford United – Conference League National North
– Missouri State University – NCAA Division 1
– Hinckley United FC – Conference League National North
– Lincoln City Football Club – English Football League 2
– Republic of Ireland – U19 National Team
– Leicester City Football Club – Academy
John Phillips – Head of Performance
John has been working full time on the performance side in professional football for 16 years. He has spent time with Southampton FC, being a fundamental part of the development of players in there academy who have gone on to play at the very top level such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain.
He has worked in Sweden with Champions League team Malmo FF and in UAE with Al Ahli where he was honoured to work closely with Fabio Cannavaro during his time there.
More recently he has developed the whole sport science and medicine set up with QPR FC’s Academy helping them attain EPPP Cat 2 status. He currently oversees the performance department with QPR’s 1st team and works for the Taiwan National Team assisting them in preparation for the Asian Cup. He is also working through his PhD focused on fatigue in professional football and has co-authored 3 books.
Kevin Braybrook – Coach Developer
Former professional Football and youth International player. UEFA Pro licence Diploma, highest Football coaching qualifications in world Football. In depth knowledge from employment at Liverpool Football club, Newcastle United Football Club, Burnley Football Club and Southampton Football Club.
Southampton FC as a youth coach and specialist individual coach that Kevin had extensive opportunities to coach regularly players of the calibre of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade – Chamberlain and Tyronne Mings.
- UEFA Pro License – Highest World Football coaching qualification
- UEFA “A” LICENCE qualified (English FA)
- UEFA “A” LICENCE qualified (Northern Ireland FA)
- Football Association youth coaches course under 9-16 qualified
- FA Talent ID qualified
- FA youth module 1, 2 and 3 qualified
- FA coach’s club member – FA First aid qualified, FA Safeguarding qualified
Keith Granger – Coach Developer
Keith an ex professional Goalkeeper started his career at Southampton FC learning his trade from Peter Shilton, John Burridge and Tim Flowers. (All international GK’s) Keith had to retire early in his playing career due to injury.
He is an experienced Goalkeeper Coach having worked with International squads, 1st team professionals, Academy players and grassroots football. Keith has a range of scouting experiences compiling reports on International professional players as well as talent identification recognising and reporting on all Goalkeepers from the Foundation, Development and Professional Development.
- UEFA A outfield players, UEFA B outfield players, UEFA A GK Diploma,
- FA GK A License, FA GK B License,
- Advanced Youth Module, Youth Module 1-2-3, FA Level 4 Coach Educator
Goalkeeper Coach heading up and overseeing in GK section at Southampton
FC working with the First Team through to The Academy. Scottish FA GK coach & Talent ID U15 – Senior
English FA Talent Reporter (Goalkeeper phase), FA Coach Educator – delivering courses for the English FA, Confidence
Coach to professionals, International GK Consultant, Performance Improvement & Innovation Facilitator.
Before working as assistant Under 23’s coach at Premier League AFC Bournemouth Mark had been employed as a professional footballer, which had always been his dream, having prior to that combined playing semi professional football and working.
Before, during and after his professional career in football, Mark has always strived to expand his knowledge, skills and interest into the coaching and development of young players giving him the best chance to continue working in football.
Now working at AFC Bournemouth, Mark is very fortunate to continue to grow and learn in a fantastic thriving environment, gaining an insight and accessing many layers of a Premier League Club. Despite the role being full-time, he combines this by utilizing all that he is learning being Manager at semi professional outfit Weymouth Football Club.
- Currently on UEFA A License
- F A Coaching Futsal Level 1 & 2
- F A Youth Modules Level 1 & 2 (currently on Level 3)
- UEFA B License
- Certificate in Education
- Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners
- BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science – Advanced
- F A Coaching Certificate