Club Coaches

Our Coaches have all completed various levels of the Athletic Ireland Coaching Programme. Our coaches are all Volunteers and give up their time freely to assist athletes in the Club.  We are always under pressure for coaches/supervision at training sessions, so please speak to one of the coaches at Training if you would be interested in helping out at any session. Expert knowledge is not required to assist – as this knowledge can be built up over time and the Club funds all Athletic Ireland training courses for interested parties.

Events in which club members participate include sprints, middle distance running, hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot putt and ball throw.

Senior CoachesCoaching Specialities
Jerome DebizeMarathon Coach
Brian Bruton5K/10K/Cross Country Coach
Matt LockettEndurance Coach
Brendan GlynnSprints Coach
Karen QuirkeSprints Coach - Asst Coach to Brendan Glynn
Ellie Mai SuttonAsst Coach 5K/10K/Cross Country
Noeleen HealyEndurance Coach - Asst Coach to Matt Lockett

Juvenile CoachesCoaching Specialities
PJ CoyleHead Coach, Mid-Distance, Level 2
Michael Breathnach U13-19 Multi Events, Assistant Coach
Noel Dempsey U13-19 Sprints, Level 1
Pauline HarringtonU13-19 Advisory Role, Level 2
Noel Keane U13-19 Throws, Assistant Coach
David Keaney U13-19 Distance, Assistant Coach
Seamus LynchU13-19 Jumps Level 2
Dave O'Shaughnessy U13-19 Sprints/Hurdles Level 1
Caroline Moore U13-19 Mid-Distance, Level 1
Ken WalshU13-19 Sprints/Relays, Level 1
Linda Nally U9-12 Co-ordinator, Level 1
Padraig Breathnach U9-12 Assistant Coach
Neasa De BurcaU9-12 Assistant Coach
Damien Francis U9-12 Assistant Coach
Alvyne HounkponouU9-12 Assistant Coach
John McGrath U9-12 Assistant Coach
Ruth MolloyU9-12 Indoor/Physio
Ingrida Navicke U9-12 Assistant Coach
Brian O'Connor U9-12 Assistant Coach
John O'Loughlin U9-12 Assistant Coach
Maria PodmoreU9-12 Assistant Coach
Michelle Van Kampen U9-12 Assistant Coach
Deirdre Ward U9-12 Assistant Coach


Any coaches who are interested in completing in further coaching training and please let us know and we will facilitate this where we can.

There is more information on the Athletics Ireland Coaching Structure here.

Athletics Ireland Coach Education Programme

It is important for GCH for new coaches to come on board and get involved, as coaches are not made overnight.  Training new coaches and getting them on board will provide back up and assistance to the existing coaches and build on the success of the Club into the future.

If you are interested in any coaching training, please contact us so we can get the courses set up.


If you a Club Member or a parent of a Juvenile Athletes who would like to become coach or leader in any section of GCH there are a number of steps to getting involved.

  • Attend Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Course.
  • Get yourself Garda Vetted by your club.
  • Start coaching with the Club
  • Attend Workshops which provide ‘stepping stones’ between these courses and are joint initiatives between Coaching and Development and the National Event Co-ordinators.