Chris McInroy

Director of Hockey

Chris began his hockey career playing at divisional level in South Africa, winning Gold at two national championships. He has since coached England at under 16 and under 18 level as well as acting as assistant coach at Firebrand’s Men’s hockey club, helping the side gain promotion into the Premier Division National League.

The UKCC Level Three coach came to Exeter in 2006 and has helped the University sides to unprecedented success. He has helped the men’s side progress to the National Premier League and won the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships (BUCS) in 2006, 2010 and 2012. On the women's side, he ensured they gained National League status in 2010 and has overseen them reaching BUCS Semi Finals in 5 of the last 7 seasons. In the last year, both Men's and Women's Hockey reached the BUCS Championship final earning Silver.

Phone: 01392 723595

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Keith Fleming

Director of Rugby

Having coached at the University on a part time basis since 2008, Keith became a full time Director of Rugby in 2010. His previous experience has seen him coach players of all ages and abilities, from children’s tag rugby to Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs, where he still acts as Match Day Manager and Honorary Education Officer.

Keith is a UKCC Level 3 qualified coach as well as an RFU coach educator and assessor. Since joining the University, he has led the men’s first team to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship semi finals in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has also coached the Rugby sevens side to BUCS Gold in 2009 and Mens 1st XV to BUCS Gold in 2016.

Phone: 01392 726246

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Richard Tinkler

Director of Rowing

A former National Champion himself, Richard has been in the rowing game for over forty years, during which he worked with GB Rowing for over a decade. A highly motivated coach who cites his biggest achievement as “my next win”, Richard joined the University of Exeter’s rowing programme as Head Coach in 2011, becoming Director of Rowing in 2013.

Richard works across the Rowing Club’s novice and senior squads, developing them through to National Team Selection if they choose. His training regimes are designed to produce fit and technically precise rowers, focussing on the discipline it takes to manage time and the pressures of the sport.

Phone: 07939486955

Denise Ellis

Head of Netball

Denise has been Head Coach of England U17 and U19 netball age group squads and England National Academy Assistant coach, winning many Netball Europe competitions across a period of 15 years. A former Head Coach of the National Welsh Senior squad including through the 2007 World Championships most recently Denise was Assistant England U21 Coach and went to Botswana for the World Youth Cup where England won a Bronze medal.

Having been heavily involved with the Team Bath Netball Superleague franchise Denise currently coaches the Team Bath U21 National Performance League (NPL) squad and runs the Team Bath Apprentice Coach Scheme.

With previous experience in a University having set up a High Performance Programme for netball at College St Mark & St John and having run the High Performance Netball programme at the University of Bath, Denise is very much looking forward to working with University athletes again.


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Jo Yapp

Head of Women's Rugby

A former England international player and squad captain, gaining 70 caps for her country, Jo works closely with the RFU to ensure that all female players follow the appropriate pathway to play and develop. Alongside her role as Performance Coach at the University, Jo is the current England U20s women's head coach with the RFU and has acted as Talent Transfer 7s coach, England Development 7s squad coach and under 18 Talent ID group coach.

A UKCC level 3 qualified coach, Jo’s role in the Sports Office sees her coach, manage, mentor and develop the women’s rugby programme. Since joining in 2010 she has led the side to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship semi final in 2014, final in 2011 and title in 2013.

Phone: 07813205880

Strength and Conditioning Coaches

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Alan Pope

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Known to colleagues and clients as “Beef”, Alan has worked for the University for almost 25 years, and became a Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2005. Alan has been working for the University of Exeter for over 20 years, joining the High Performance Unit in 2005. His expert knowledge has led him to sit on the National Advisory Group for Strength and Conditioning and deliver services on behalf of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). A UKSCA accredited Strength and conditioning coach, Alan has worked with such athletes as Tom Daley (World Diving Champion and Olympic Bronze medallist) and Nick Thompson (GB Sailing Gold Medallist).

"My role involves movement assessments, injury rehabilitation and sports psychology, as well as advising athletes on lifestyle, diet, nutrition and coaching. I get to work with athletes competing in a wide variety of sports - from Hockey to Rugby, Triathlon to Netball and Tennis to Wheelchair Rugby. It is a constantly evolving role which is both challenging and hugely enjoyable. As for the best part of the job, it's great to see a young 18 year old fresher transform into an athletic 21 year old that has succeeded with both their academic degree and their sport at Exeter. I don't know of many similar programmes in the UK that offer such a complete package for such a high number of athletes. This year we are delivering to over 300 athletes across more than a dozen sports that compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions. The vision for the programme is to develop our athletes and teams into BUCS contenders, whilst offering student athletes an experience as close to professional sport as possible, and through this further enhance their overall student experience."

Phone: 01392 722387

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Lee Kirk

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Lee joined the University of Exeter having previously worked with Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club. He worked with the club's senior players while also running the highly successful Exeter Chiefs Ivybridge Academy. Prior to working within Strength and Conditioning, Lee worked with numerous sports as a personal trainer and fitness consultant for over 8 years. Lee has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Gloucestershire in Strength and Conditioning, where he studied under Dr Rhodri Lloyd. He is also an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA.

"Our primary role as Strength and Conditioning Coaches is to reduce injury prevalence, and improve physical performance. This involves improving numerous qualities from strength and power, to movement quality and efficiency. We also have to make sure our athletes are of the required level of fitness to compete. The high performance programme here at Exeter will rival that of many professional clubs. We may be an educational establishment, but we expect nothing short of excellence. We treat our athletes as professionals and they are expected to act that way. In return they get four coaches with a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a facility well equipped to achieve everything required of them. The ADC is a fantastic facility and is always progressing, and moving forward. The facilities we have are already of a high standard and they will only get better. As coaches, having this facility allows us to give an extremely high level of service within the High Performance programme."


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Wayne Pattinson

Performance Coach (Strength & Conditioning)

Wayne joined the University of Exeter in 2013, after spending a year at the Strength and Conditioning department at Durham University. He has previously worked with Crystal Palace FC, Hartlepool United FC and Castleford Tigers RLFC, providing Strength and Conditioning support for first team and academy players. As an acreditted Strength & Condition Coach (ASCC) with the UKSCA, Wayne currenlty leads the Strength & Conditioning programme for England U20s Women's Rugby. He is also a certified personal trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Wayne is responsioble for devising programmes for a variety of the University’s High Performance Squads and ensuiring all athletes are coached through their programmes.

"As a Strength & Conditioning coach I design and implement programmes for various sports within the high performance programme at the University. These are designed to prevent injury and enable the athletes to become stronger, fitter, faster and more powerful so they can perform to the best of their abilities on game day. The best part of my job is interacting with the athletes and seeing them progress not only as athletes, but also as people.  The high performance programme at the University is one of the best in the country due to its strength in depth and multi-disciplinary approach. Athlete welfare is vital and the Strength & Conditioning team interacts weekly with Ocean Physio and various directors of sports to ensure that it is kept to a high standard. The environment is kept as fun and professional as possible, we have high expectations of the athletes, whilst also ensuring that we improve the students experience around their studies, which are paramount."

Phone: 01392 722387

High Performance Coaches

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Simon Tyson

Performance Coach (Men’s Hockey)

Simon is a UKCC and England Hockey Level 2 qualified coach and coaches the Men’s Hockey 1st team. Simon played hockey for the University during his time as an undergraduate student and over four years he reached four BUSA & BUCS Championship and Trophy Finals, winning three Gold’s and one Silver medal. Before joining Exeter, Simon played National League hockey at Firebrands and was selected for junior England representation.

Phone: 01392 722152

Storm Trentham

Performance Coach (Women's Lacrosse)

As a Welsh International, Storm earned over 40 international caps including 2 European gold medals. In addition to playing at the highest level, she has dedicated her time to the development, management and coaching of international teams since 2007, where she was appointed to take Wales Lacrosse U19 through to the 2011 World Championships and then subsequently the 2015 Championships.

Storm is currently in her 1st season as head coach of the University of Exeter Women’s Lacrosse team, who currently sit 1st in Premier South. Her latest and most ambitious project is to equip, train and qualify the U19 Kenyan National Team for the 2019 World Championships. As the Head Coach of Kenya Lacrosse, Storm is determined to lead the first African team to represent the women’s game on the world stage. Completion of this achievement will facilitate her ultimate goal of qualifying Lacrosse as a future Olympic Sport.

Salli Byrne

Performance Coach (Netball)

A former netball player at regional and English Universities level, Salli moved into coaching due to injury. Having worked with talented athletes in the England Netball performance pathway at Satellite, County and Regional academy level across Devon and Gloucestershire, Salli now leads on the University of Exeter Netball 1st team coaching and assists with the Exeter Netball Club Regional 1 squad.

Her previous experience of club coaching includes Lyndean Netball Club, Hucclecote Netball Club and Exeter Netball Club, where she has led teams to a number of club titles across several seasons including taking Exeter Netball Club U16’s to Regional Finals on 2 occasions. Outside of performance coaching, Salli is passionate about all levels of netball and established Exmouth Netball Club in 2014 where she is head coach and chairperson.

Anne Baker

Performance Coach (Women's Hockey)

Anne is a level 4 hockey coach who has been associated with the University of Exeter for the last 19 years in a variety of roles. A former head of PE at Cheltenham Ladies’ College where the women’s hockey side won 2 National School Finals and having previously worked as the National Coaching Manager for England Hockey (2003-2012) and the Coach Education Advisor for Sports Coach UK (2012 – 2016), Anne brings a wealth of coaching experience to the University Hockey programme.

Heavily involved with ISCA University whose 1st team play in the Investec Conference West of the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Anne has previously coached all club teams but is currently responsible for the 2nd to 5th teams. With the University Anne steered the University of Exeter Women’s Hockey 1st team to 2 BUCS silvers in 1999 and 2000. In the South West she has also coached the county and West of England teams as well as the England Junior Development Centre.

This year Anne will look to support the University Women’s Hockey programme and continue her involvement with ISCA University.  

Jack Large

Performance Coach (Tennis)

Jack started his tennis playing career in Germany. After establishing himself on the German circuit he was soon competing at an international level at tennis Europe events and junior ITF tournaments. A former student and Sports Scholar at the University of Exeter, Jack captained the University of Exeter Men's first team for 3 years, who gained promotion in his first year and competed in the top division in BUCS for his last two years. Whilst at University Jack was activiely involved in coaching at the Exeter tennis centre, working with all ages including some of the top performance players at the centre who are competing both nationally and internationally. Having witnessed the tennis programme at Exeter grow and improve over the last few years, in his new role Jack hopes to help continue this growth, further developing the University tennis programme and players to allow them to compete with the best in the country.


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Harry Jones

Performance Coach (Women's Hockey)

Harry has played hockey at the highest level in the UK and Australia, competing in the National Premier League in England and Australia alongside some of the World’s best International players. 

Hockey has always been a huge part of Harry’s life and coaching is now his passion and he has an infectious enthusiasm for the game and an ability to inspire and engage with players of all abilities. He is currently a UKCC level three coach and has worked with elite junior and senior players including the Wales National Age Groups and is the Senior Men’s Assistant coach for the indoor side. He has coached at two National League clubs, where he had the honour of being the youngest coach to lead a Premier League team in 2013/14 season. 

Harry joined the University of Exeter in 2014 as a Performance coach and in 2015/16 he worked with the University of Exeter women’s 1st team who reached the BUCS Championship final, winning a silver medal. 

On top of this Harry is the Director of Hockey at Blundell’s School where he has achieved National success at U13, U14, U16 and U18 level at the National Schools finals.