TEAM STAFF

Head Coach/Team Manager: Ryan TaylorRyan Taylor

What college are you from and what is your role there?
I work as a sports and uniformed public services lecturer at Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus based in South Wales. I am also responsible for the Men's Football Development Centre at the college.
 
Who have been the biggest influences on your playing/coaching career so far?
Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of coaches in my relatively short coaching career so far both in a playing and coaching capacity. All of which have had a considerable impact on the way I coach and play the game. I would say my passion for football was developed and initiated through my father who was fortunate enough to have had a career has a professional footballer and was coached by the likes of Steve Coppel & Jack Charlton, hence the advice he provides is always an invaluable insight into the game.
 
When did you decide that coaching was a career path that you wanted to follow?
I have been coaching since 2004 when I attended University, where I had the opportunity to deliver sessions under the guidance of several experienced and highly qualified coaches. This is where I developed my initial passion for coaching and I decided to focus primarily on this element of the game ever since. 
 
What is your coaching philosophy?
My philosophy encompasses one key component, which is that all players should be able to learn and develop as players whilst working in an enjoyable yet professional environment. With regards to the style of football that I like my teams to play, I would definitely say I have been influenced by continental teams due to their ability to retain possession and also by the way they are able to control and dominate games by recognising the importance of patient build up play.

 
Name: Jonathan Smith

College: Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus

Job Role for Welsh Colleges: Welsh Colleges Womens Football Coach

About You and Coaching Experience:
My coaching experience began in 1998 working for Newport Sport Development Unit part time.  I delivered coaching sessions to players under 12 to under 19 years of age.  In 2004, I joined Risca United Football Club where I coached and managed the youth team for 5 years in the Welsh League.  I moved to the First team and became the assistant manager and currently hold this position.

Interests:  More Football!!

 

Name:Cohen Griffiths 

College: Ystrad Mynach College

Job Role for Welsh College: Welsh Colleges Womens Football Coach

About You and Coaching Experience:
Played professionally for Cardiff City making nearly 300 appearances for the club. Managerial experience with Bridgend Town FC and Troedyrhiw FC in the Welsh League.

Interests: Mainly sporting, enjoy playing tennis, table tennis and badminton. Qualified Fitness Instructor.

(Physio) - TBC