Gerard joined the Club in June 2017 as Head of Academy Coaching, responsible for the development of the Academy coaching program and coach development across all ages, working with the Academy Manager and Phase Lead Coaches to enhance the efficiency of our programs.
He holds the FA UEFA A Licence and FA Advanced Youth Award (12-16), alongside a Master's degree in Performance Coaching as well as being a Qualified Teacher and Published Author in communication psychology.
With 13 years experience coaching in the U.K., U.S., Italy, Norway and New Zealand, Gerard brings a significant amount of experience having coached and coach educated across various levels in the game.
His previous roles include being a Director of Coaching in the U.S. with a Director's Academy club responsible for over 1200 players, having also worked as the U21s Assistant Coach at Bradford City AFC, an Academy Coach at Rochdale AFC and a former Director of Coaching at Arsenal Soccer Schools.
Gerard has also been a First Team Manager at semi-professional level.