Gary Gillard

Gary Gillard

New Zealand

Coach Background Information

D.o.B: 22nd January 1958
Area: New Zealand
Date graduated as a World Snooker Coach: May 2012, at the Crucible, Sheffield.
Details of current coaching activities: I am the Head Snooker and 8 Ball Coach for New Zealand, a position I have held for 4 years. Apart from conducting in excess of 25 seminars (600+ attendees) per year, I am responsible for organising and liaising with the other 44 coaches that New Zealand has.
Hobbies and Interests: Snooker, Pool, riding my BMW 1150RTmotorcycle, travel and backgammon.

Why did you get involved in coaching? I have played for 25 years to a high standard (NZ Standard) and participated in 9 IBSF World Championship events (twice making last 32), this is still a big part of my life. However it was becoming more and more obvious that people were asking my opinion of what they were doing wrong. So when the opportunity came along to study some coaching methods, I was into it. From there it has grown.
I enjoy the satisfaction gained from being able to help people of all ages and standards improve their game, and therefore get further enjoyment from those improvements.
I love the challenge of finding the quickest route to the core problem. Getting the player back up to full speed as soon as possible. Being a player I know how frustrating it is to go through a prolonged period of poor form, so my job is to cut that to a minimum and get the players back to his/her winning ways playing the best snooker they can play.
Brief summary of your coaching experience. 25 years of playing up to International level has given me the opportunity to meet and study several of the world’s best coaches. I therefore have been coaching “unofficially” for that period of time.
Officially I was accredited with IBSF Coach in November 2009, then IBSF Master Coach and then in February of 2010 I visited England to achieve IBSF Examiner status. At that time I was one of only 3 Examiners in the world.
World Snooker Coach happened in May 2012 and I look forward to many years of helping players perform at their best level.