MEET THE TEAM
Mike's coaching resume is fairly extensive, having coached at Cardiff Blues Academy, Wales U20s, England Students and the University of Bristol 1st XV amongst many other clubs over the years. After taking the reins as head coach last season, Mike has been instrumental in the success of the UBH. Having led us to a Gloucester 3 title, NAMS plate title, regaining the Ottie Uden Cup from Nantes and victories over both Southampton and Birmingham Medical Schools, Mike intends to lead us to our most successful season yet.
Mike has also been a huge driver in leading the culture shift within the club to focus upon mental health amongst clubmen and young men. Taking ideas from his day job in mental health, the UBH will be pioneering many strategies to make a positive difference to he lives of young men through out the Uni.
Ryley joined the club as an RFU Level 2 qualified, DBS checked, aspiring professional rugby coach. He comes with significant experience for his age, coaching XPro rugby for Luke Arscott and James Hall, Gordano Ladies and U15s and U16s at Broad Plain, his local club.
He is currently studying a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Rugby) at the Bristol Bears Community Foundation. He is the first ever student to take part in the course and is looking to gain experience working with all aspects of the club - but mainly backs play and skills coaching.
Alongside this Ryley has been working at Bristol Bears Academy coaching at the South Bristol DPP centre. The club has allowed Ryley to gain one-to-one experience from Mike and Paul at an aspiring University Club with players of his own age group, hopefully providing a stepping stone to the professional coaching world of rugby.