FOOTBALL ACADEMY DIRECTORS

 

Dave Baldwin

CEO of RIASA Football Academy

Dave along with the football director is responsible to oversee the relationship with professional clubs in the UK, Continental European and USA leagues. Dave brings a wealth of experience to the RIASA program. As the chief executive officer of Professional Club, Bradford City FC, he is well versed in the football industry and will oversee RIASA's strategic plan for opportunities for the RIASA player as the program moves forward.

 
 

Mr. Mark Ellis

Football Director

Mark Ellis, former Professional Soccer player for Bradford City for over 14 years, will oversee the player development program at RIASA. Mark has worked at UK professional clubs; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town FC and Ajax of Amsterdam in South Africa as a coach. He has also worked in the USA as a coach at various levels. Mark has undertaken the UEFA coaching B and A License courses and is a Football Association tutor. Mark's professional contacts span the world and he will seek players from abroad to play at RIASA.

In his two years as the head of the football program at RIASA, Mark has placed three RIASA students into the professional ranks as well as forged a link to professional Norwegian and Finnish clubs for the placement of non-EU players. In addition to his duties as overseeing the professional development and opportunities for RIASA players Mark will work as an assistant coach on certain training days.

Brian Haley, Ed.D.

RIASA Football Academy, International Director

Brian heads up a scouting network across the globe for RIASA. He is Professional College coach in the US since 1989 after moving to the US from England. He saw the need for the serious American soccer player to be given a wider opportunity for development than is presently available in the USA. He holds a Doctorate in Education as well as the Premier Coaching license from the National Soccer Coaching Association of America. He will work closely with both the CEO of RIASA and the Football Director to ensure the student experience is one of quality and provides the right opportunity for players and meets their expectations. Brian played professional Soccer in the American Soccer League for the Cleveland Cobras and for a number of semi-professional teams in the UK.

Dale Friesen

Technology Director, CEO and President of Beagle Productions Inc.

Dale oversees Marketing, Software Development and the on-line athlete development program. An entrepreneurial visionary with a knack for developing teams and products that anticipate market gaps. Dale has a proven track record of working with businesses to successfully leverage online technology in the Corporate, High Performance Sport and Health & Wellness industries.

RIASA is committed to integrate the next level of coaching beyond the athletic field to using online coaching education for players and staff to reach optimal performance both on the field and in the classroom.

 

RIASA Academy Coaching Staff

Terry Dolan, Former Professional player and Football League Manager.

 

Terry Dolan, former manager at Hull City FC, Bradford City, Rochdale and York City FC with experience playing in over 350 professional games. Dolan would perform a number of roles within the academy including, coaching, administrative duties and individual player assessments. He will work closely across all the RIASA teams.

Terry Dolan, former manager at Hull City FC, Bradford City, Rochdale and York City FC with experience playing in over 350 professional games will join the RIASA football academy staff. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=2196#sthash.7OBmTv3W.dpuf

 

John Hendrie UEFA ‘A’ Licensed Coach, Scottish International, Pro Manager

Associate, Academy Session Coach. RIASA Player Representative & Consultant

John played at the Premiership level with Newcastle United, Middleborough, Leeds United, Barnsley and Bradford City FC. John has also been the manager of Barnsley FC when they were in the English Premiership; John also holds the UEFA "A" Coaching License.

John has numerous contacts within the professional game and will be responsible for coordinating the games for RIASA with professional youth team academies. John will represent all RIASA players who are looking to play at any professional level. He has already managed and consulted with several top premiership players including Robbie Savage, Leicester City FC, Birmingham City FC and Welsh International, Mark Schwarzer Australian International and Fulham Goalkeeper, Stuart Mc Call Bradford City FC Manager, Everton and Scotland International, and Dean Windass, Bradford City & Hull City FC.

John's son is presently on the books at Manchester United Professional Youth Academy.

Martin Devany. Former Irish Youth International and Professional Player.

Martin played at Barnsley, Tranmere and Chelnaham Town making over 300 League apprearances. Martin will work as a session coach and with the RIASA first team as an assistant. Martin also works in the Barnsley FC Academy and is presently completing his UEFA "A" license.

 

Martin Devaney, Former Irish youth international and Professional at Barnsley FC to join RIASA. Also joining the RIASA staff is Martin Devaney, a former Irish youth International who has made over 300 professional appearances playing for Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers, Cheltenham Town. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=2196#sthash.7OBmTv3W.dpuf
Martin Devaney, Former Irish youth international and Professional at Barnsley FC to join RIASA. Also joining the RIASA staff is Martin Devaney, a former Irish youth International who has made over 300 professional appearances playing for Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers, Cheltenham Town. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=2196#sthash.7OBmTv3W.dpuf
Martin Devaney, Former Irish youth international and Professional at Barnsley FC to join RIASA. Also joining the RIASA staff is Martin Devaney, a former Irish youth International who has made over 300 professional appearances playing for Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers, Cheltenham Town. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=2196#sthash.7OBmTv3W.dpuf
Martin Devaney, Former Irish youth international and Professional at Barnsley FC to join RIASA. Also joining the RIASA staff is Martin Devaney, a former Irish youth International who has made over 300 professional appearances playing for Barnsley, Tranmere Rovers, Cheltenham Town. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=2196#sthash.7OBmTv3W.dpuf

Karl Leneghan , Halifax Town FC 1st team GoalKeeping Coach

Karl has played both professional and semi professional football for over 35 years. His career started at the age of 16 when he was signed professional terms with Bradford City in 1979. After Bradford City FC he continued to play over 800 games at Conference Level.

On finishing playing he undertook his professional Football Association coaching qualifications  allowing him to coach at the semi professional level. He is presently the  Halifax Town 1st team keeper coach. During his time at Halifax two of Karl’s goalkeepers have been selected for the England C team with Simon Eastwood going on to sign professionally for Blackburn Rovers.

Lee Kelsey has been appointed RIASA goalkeeping coach. Kelsey currently works at Leeds United FC Academy and will continue to do so as he brings his expertise to the RIASA goalkeepers. Kelsey has played and trained at Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City. He comes to the RIASA academy with experience from the professional game that will help enhance the learning and development of the RIASA Goalkeepers. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=1964#sthash.eG1kkQS5.dpuf
Lee Kelsey has been appointed RIASA goalkeeping coach. Kelsey currently works at Leeds United FC Academy and will continue to do so as he brings his expertise to the RIASA goalkeepers. Kelsey has played and trained at Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City. He comes to the RIASA academy with experience from the professional game that will help enhance the learning and development of the RIASA Goalkeepers. Kelsey coaches at the Leeds United Goalkeeping Academy, joining them in 2007. At Leeds Kelsey primarily works with their youth academy goalkeepers; he has recently been working with their u18 and u21 development squads. On occasion he has helped with the training of their first team Goalkeepers. He is in the process of completing his professional Goalkeeping licenses. In addition to working alongside some of the top Goalkeeping coaches at Leeds United Kelsey completed a Sport Foundation degree in Sports Coaching and an Honors degree in Sports performance. - See more at: http://riasa.org/blog?hid=1964#sthash.zeF7yHs6.dpuf

Mr. Mark Ellis, RIASA Football Director, Former Professional Player

Assistant Session Coach

The RIASA Football Director will assist the Academy coaches with sessions as and when needed. Mark’s main responsibility within the development framework of players will be to help players move to the next level as well as oversee the relationship that RIASA has developed with professional clubs in the UK and the European Continent.

 

 

RIASA Session Coaches

Gerard Jones, MSc, UEFA A Candidate

Gerard is an FA UEFA ‘B’ Licensed Coach, Full FA Youth Award (Level 3) and FA Level 4 Football Psychologist, with over 8 years coaching experience having worked in the UK, Italy and New Zealand. Currently undertaking the FA UEFA A Licence, Gerard is a former Director of Coaching at Arsenal Soccer Schools in Yorkshire and currently works as an academy coach at Rochdale AFC. Alongside coaching, Gerard holds a Master's degree in Performance Coaching from the University of Stirling. 

Mark Tinker

Mark is a UEFA B Qualified football coach and working towards UEFA 'A' accreditation.  

He started his coach education whilst studying at Harrogate College in which he was part of their elite football development pathway and represented his district as youth player.

Since then he has expanded his experience working at a number of levels of Football around the world. Mark has worked for many years as a head coach at Barnsley FC professional youth academy and also worked at Leeds United development center and Bradford City Center of Excellence.

Mark currently works at Huddersfield Town as sports lecturer, assessor and coach.  He has designed an invaluable curriculum for football development and worked as the Head of sport at Leeds College of Building.

Mark has also worked in the USA coaching and his football connections include links to Qatar, Dubai, Norway, and Mexico.

 

Admistrative Staff

Dawn Craven

RIASA Director Of Operations

Dawn has over 15 years experience within the higher education field. She oversees the day to day operations of the football program with the academic and football staff. Dawn has been working in the fitness/leisure industry for over 25 years, 15 of those as a Lecturer/Head of Department in the post 16, Further and Higher Eucation Sector. Dawn has specialized in the fields of Sport/Health Related Exercise and Fitness and Public Services and currently holds 'Qualified Teacher Status'.
 
In addition to Dawn's role as Director of Operations she will undertake the role as RIASA Fitness Coach, Sports Therapist,Nutritionist and Pastoral/Mentor Coach, providing support for both students and parents and enhancing the link between the soccer programme and the educational institutes.
 

RIASA Operations Manager

Alia Szurma

Alia works with Dawn Craven on all aspects of the football academy's operations.  Alia's responsibilties include updating the weekly calender and all football registrations and league requirements for competition.  Alia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Leeds Metropolitan University. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Czech.

 

 

RIASA Head Athletic Trainer (Club Physio)

 

Mark Cox

Mark Cox is the Head physio at RIASA. He is HPC and CSP registered, working with local consultants and doctors for over 9 years within the National Health Service. Mark has worked with Bradford City FC as their first team  physio and is now the head physio for all RIASAstudents.




 


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