Under 18’s

Coaches

Tom Parrinello

Lead Professional Development Coach U18s Squad

Tom has been with the Academy in a number of capacities for 17 years. He was signed as a Pre-Academy Under 8 player and progressed all the way through the system to be offered a scholarship at the age of 15. One year into his 2 year scholarship Tom was offered an early professional contract and was a professional with the club for 3 and a half years. During this time the club gained promotion from League 2 to League 1 via a play off final at Wembley against Shrewsbury Town. Tom made his first team professional debut aged 18 against Rushden & Diamonds in the FA Cup 2nd Round.

Tom holds the UEFA A Licence and FA Youth Award.  He is currently the Lead Professional Development Coach for our U18s squad

Steve Bissix

Head of Medical

Steve joined Rovers back in the year 2001 after qualifying as in 2000 and has been responsible for the medical welfare of all Academy players during this time.

He also has regular contact with the first team playing staff.

Steve is a huge family man and is a highly valued member of the Bristol Rovers team.

Dan Bevan

Goal Keeper Coach

Dan has previously coached at Cardiff for 3 and a half years working with various age groups from U7s to U21s whilst also working as Lead Foundation Phase goalkeeping coach and working towards a Upper second degree in Football coaching and sports performance at USW. In 2016 he left Cardiff to work with Bristol City as their Lead Foundation Phase Goalkeeping coach whilst also working with the U18s and 12-16 ages groups.

He also works with the Welsh Women’s first team on a weekly basis including previously working at European Qualifiers against Israel and Kazakhstan.  Dan holds UEFA B outfield and goal keepers along with FA Youth Modules One and Two whilst he is now working towards the Youth Award.

Lee Mansell

Professional Development Phase Coach U18s

James White

Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach

James holds an MSc in Strength & Conditioning and a BSc (hons) in Sports Conditioning and Coaching. James oversees the athletic development and strength & conditioning of all the Academy players.

James has previously supported a number of performance teams and individual athletes while working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of the West of England (UWE), and he has also worked as a Sports Scientist/S&C Coach at both West Ham Utd FC and Brentford FC.

 

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