ACADEMY MANAGER - DAN HARRIS
Dan joined Oxford United in 2018 and has over 20 years experience working in Professional Football.
Previous stints on the first team coaching staff at Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and Celtic FC were preceded by coaching roles in Academies at both Coventry City and Peterborough United alongside an itinerant role with the England Youth Teams as a Fitness Coach.
Prior to joining Oxford United, Dan spent 3 years as assistant manager working in the South Korean K -League
and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University; a Post-Graduate degree in Physical Education from University of Strathclyde; the UEFA A-Licence and is currently midway through his UEFA Pro Licence with the SFA.
HEAD OF ACADEMY COACHING - LES TAYLOR
LEAD PDP COACH (U18s & U23s) - DARREN PURSE
Les came through the ranks as an apprentice at Oxford United and went on to play more than 550 senior games over the course of a 16-year professional career. A combative midfielder, Les joined Graham Taylor's Watford in 1980 and went on to captain the Hornets in the 1984 FA Cup Final against Everton in front of over 90,000 spectators.
After retiring from playing in 1990, Les re-joined Oxford United in a coaching capacity going on to work for the club for more than 25 years in variety of roles.
Les holds the Advanced Youth Award from the FA and is currently midway through the Elite Head of Coaching Course with the Premier League.
A former Oxford United player with over 600 league appearances under his belt, Purse joins us as the Lead PDP coach for the 2021-22 season. Darren Purse played over 700 Senior games in a 24 year career that saw him play at every level of the English Professional game.Purse signed for Oxford United in 1996 playing over 60 games as an uncompromising Centre Half before going on to represent Birmingham City, West Brom and Cardiff in the Premier League. Purse holds the UEFA A-Licence and has been coaching part-time with us for over 3 seasons with the U16's team. Now stepping up to a full-time roll, Pursey joins having worked with all of our current scholars at some point to get them to this stage of their Academy journey. Over his time with the Academy, Blackmore-Such has worked with many of the club's recent graduates including Shandon Baptiste, Malachi Napa and Fabio Lopes; helping to prepare them for the demands of First Team Football.
PDP COACH (U18s) - CHRIS HACKETT
Another graduate of the Oxford United Youth System, Chris played over 150 games for his hometown club before signing for SPL side Hearts in 2006.
After a 16-year career that also saw him play for Millwall and Northampton Town, Chris re-joined Oxford in 2017 as an Academy coach and is currently in his 3rd season working with our U18s.
Chris is currently completing his UEFA A-Licence with the English FA and works alongside Leon Blackmore-Such with our scholars on a daily basis.
HEAD OF ACADEMY RECRUITMENT - GARETH HAMER
Gareth joined OUFC in 2018 having previously worked in the recruitment departments at West
Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Aston VIlla.
Hamer, who also previously held a senior position with the Junior Premier League, has overhauled the talent identification department at the Oxford United Academy including having established a network of Regional Training Centres across Oxfordshire that are official development pathways for both potential Academy players and coaches alike.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS - GAVIN BOORMAN
Gavin joined the OUFC Academy in 2019 having previously worked in the Performance Analysis departments at West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth.
A Graduate of Southampton Solent University's Football Studies course, Boorman brings with him first hand experience of working in a Premier League environment and oversees a department that provides performance video analysis support for all eleven Academy age-group teams.
Utilising software packages that include Hudl and SportsCode, Oxford United Academy's performance analysis department has built a strong reputation for supporting elite performance and as such acts as a training provider for students from a number of local universities.
HEAD OF ACADEMY SPORTS SCIENCE & MEDICINE - SAM COLEMAN
Sam joins us for the 2020-21 season with a wealth of experience, having worked for a range of Professional Clubs in the UK and in the Indian Premier League. Sam is a trained Sports Therapist and has now added Physiotherapy to his wide range of skills and will be a real high quality asset to the Academy Medical team guiding our Physio's and Sport Science in day to day running.
SENIOR ACADEMY PHYSIOTHERAPIST (U18S) - LUIS FERREIRA
A former employee of Crystal Palace FC, Ferreira joined the club at the start of the 2020/21 season having worked alongside Andrew Caton previously.
Luis works predominantly with our U18s group providing physiotherapy and medical support for our young apprentices. Luis, who has also previously had experience working in Football, works closely with the club's Sports Science department to ensure our young players are prepared for the demands of elite level competition.
LEAD YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE COACH - PABLO HAYSHAM
Pablo joined the club on a full-time basis at the start of the 2019/20 season have previously coached part-time across the schoolboy age-groups for seven years
Pablo, a MSc graduate in Sports Coaching from Hartpury College, has also had a profilic non-league playing career that saw him play in the FA Vase final at Wembley for Hereford United back in 2016.
As as Phase Lead coach, Pablo sits on the club's Academy Management Team alongside overseeing our U12s-U16s programme.
LEAD FOUNDATION PHASE COACH - ALEXANDROS EVANGELAKAKIS
Alexandros joins us full-time for the start of the 2021-22 season, having previously worked as both a student intern and on a part-time coaching basis. An exceptional coach on the grass, Alexandros has previously coached in our Academy, alongside coaching the Icelandic and Luxembourg National Youth teams. Having recently completed his UEFA B License, Alexandros now looks to oversee our U9-11's Schoolboy program.
HEAD OF EDUCATION & PLAYER CARE - MATT JARVIS
Matt joined the club in the newly-created role of Head of Education & Player Care at the start of the 2019/20 season.
A qualified PE Teacher who also holds the UEFA B Coaching Licence, Matt has previously worked at Stoke City overseeing their successful RTC development Centres. Matt is the safeguarding lead for the Academy and also coaches within the Youth Development Phase alongside his full-time role.
LEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH -
FULL-TIME U9-16 LEAD PHYSIO - TIARNAN ABRAHAMS
Tiarnan has perviously worked for the club on a part-time basis and now returns to us in a newly formed position of Full-Time Physio for the U9-16's program. Tiarnan has a wealth of experience across football and is a qualified Physiotherapist.