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
Alvyne HounkponouU14-U19, Assistant Coach
Anita McGlynnU8-U11, Assistant Coach
Brian O'Connor U14, Assistant Coach
Chris TauchenU8-U11, Assistant Coach
Damien Francis U14-U19, Assistant Coach
David Keaney U13-19 Distance, Assistant Coach
Deirdre Ward U8-11, Assistant Coach
Ingrida Navicke U8-11, Assistant Coach
Linda Nally U12 and U13, Level 1
Maeve MitchellU8-U11, Assistant Coach
Majella Ní Chríocháin
U12/U13, Assistant Coach
Mark FoleyU12/U13, Level 1
Neasa De BurcaU8-11, Assistant Coach
Noel Dempsey U14-19 Sprints, Level 1
Noel Keane U13-19 Throws, Level 1
Padraig Breathnach U12 and U13, Assistant Coach
Pauline HarringtonCoaching Coordinator, Level 2
Ruth MolloyU8-11, Indoor/Physio
Seamus LynchU13-19 Jumps, Level 2
Shannon GlynnU8-U11, Assistant Coach
Vanessa AgnewU12 and U13, 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

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.

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.