Coach Background Information
Full time professional National Snooker Coach working for the Republic Of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association.
Coaching full time all around Ireland, Europe and Asia representing RIBSA & EBSA Coaching Associations.
Qualified IBSF Coaching Examiner and The European Billiards & Snooker Association Head Coach qualifying Coaches all around Europe.
Resident Head Coach at the EBSA Centre of Excellence – Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow.
Currently coaching professional snooker players: Fergal O Brien, plus leading Amateurs: David Hogan, Rodney Goggins, Martin McCrudden, Robert Murphy, Jason Devaney, Josh Boileau, Shachar Ruberg.
Coached in Iran, Austria, Israel, Belgium, India, Malta, Qatar, Bulgaria, UAE, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Holland.
The Web Site www.147academy.com is one of the most popular coaching web site on the web
Hobbies and Interests: Football, Rugby, Hurling and Golf.
Why did you get involved in coaching?
I fell in love with the coaching game when I started to coach my brother Michael to play snooker and he went on to play for Ireland in the 1993 Home Internationals in Blackpool. I then started to coach all over Ireland and coach a number of Irish Champions. In 1997 Terry Griffiths set up an official RIBSA Coaching Foundation in Ireland and I then became a full time coach.
Brief summary of my coaching experience.
1997: Appointed Republic of Ireland National Coach.
1999 – 2000: Appointed Qatar National Snooker Team Coach.
2000: Appointed Republic Of Ireland National Coach.
2002: Graduated as Irish Sport Coaching Tutor in Limerick University.
2003 – 2008: Appointed Technical Director of Qatar Cue Sports.
2008: Appointed Republic of Ireland National Coaching Director.
2009: Appointed EBSA Head Coach.
2011: Qualified W.P.B.S.A. World Snooker Coach.
2013 : Qualified IBSF Snooker Coaching Examiner
Coached and prepared players and teams in the following Championships:
IBSF – World Championships.
EBSA – European Championships.
ACBS – Asian Championships.
HIBSF – Home Internationals.
OCA – Asian Indoor Games.
GCC – Gulf Championships.
ACF – Arab Snooker Championship
OCA – Asian Games.
WSA – Main Tour Ranking Events.