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Football Director and Head Coach

About Ryan

"I'm originally from Tauranga but moved down to Wellington in 2007 for university (and the weather). I’m no longer at Uni and I’ve learnt the weather is only good on those few 'good days' each year. However, I am still here 14 years later because I love the City, I love the people and I love the local sporting landscape that I now work in. I love a wide range of sports and am an avid reader."


  • Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts

  • Oceania B licence

  • New Zealand Football Youth level 3 and Senior level 2

  • FIFA coach educators certificate

Ryan has been coaching football for over 15 years. He's coached ages 5 through 35 of a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. Most recently he has been the Director of Coaching at Waterside Karori for 5 years, where he led the development of the Swifts Talent Centre. His experience includes:

  • Wellington Phoenix u17 head coach (current)

  • Waterside Karori AFC (2015 - 2020)

  • Wellington Phoenix National Youth League assistant coach

  • New Zealand Football National Talent Centre coach

  • Capital Football Age Group coach (2009 - 2017)

Coaching style

I am a huge believer in developing the person first, and the athlete second. I want the young players I work with to learn transferrable life skills that set them up well for their life outside of football as much as their life in football. I believe in player-centred learning with a needs-based coaching style: players need to understand that they are ultimately the ones responsible for their development, the coach is merely an influencer. 

Playing background

I've played for a number of clubs: Tauranga City United, NRFL 2005 - 2006; Wellington Olympic, Central League 2007 - 2014; Waterside Karori - Capital Premier 2015 - 2018.

Favourite sporting memory 

Scoring a goal from half-way as a 7-year old in the final of a tournament; walking out of the tunnel as a 16 year old to play for my boyhood club (Tauranga City United); and winning the Chatham cup with Wellington Olympic a few years later. 

Lessons from sport for life

Identify what success is for you, set a goal, create a plan, and then go on your own journey to achieve it. Don’t compare yourself to others, work hard at it, be resilient to setbacks, always believe in your capacity to improve, but always make sure to have fun along the way - it is enjoyment that fuels your desire to achieve.