A former scholar at local rivals West Bromwich Albion, Gareth joined us in July 2008 from Derby County, where he spent two years also as Assistant Academy Manager.
As part of the new footballing structure at Wolves, Gareth Prosser was appointed Acting Academy Manager in January 2013, a role that was made permanent in July 2013.
Gareth was promoted after five years as the Assistant Academy Manager for the club. In this time, the provision in place for the Academy players has greatly improved with a more holistic programme of development in place, including more contact time for the players. Gareth was heavily involved in the Elite Player Performance Plan development at the club, resulting in the Wolves Academy achieving Category One status, one of only 20 clubs to achieve this rating in 2012.
In his time at Derby, Gareth worked with players such as Will Hughes and Jeff Hendrick who have all gone on to play regularly in the first team at Derby.
Prior to Derby County, Gareth worked for the FAW as Football Development Officer for Flintshire, a role which also involved him working with the FAW regional and National U16 squad, as well as in coach education. Gareth delivered and lead courses up to and including the UEFA B qualification.
Gareth has also represented Wolves on behalf of the Premier League as a head coach on the Premier Leagues flagship international programme ‘Premier Skills’, which has taken him to countries including India, Kenya, Senegal, Botswana and China to coach coaches.
Gareth graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Coaching Science. During his time at University, Gareth worked in the Academy at Tranmere Rovers for four years, working with players such as Thomas Ince and Scott Wooton.
Gareth passed his UEFA ‘Pro’ Licence in 2014 and has completed the Diploma in Football Management Course in conjunction with the University of Liverpool and the League Managers Association.
Head of Coach Development
Steve Burns joined the Academy in March 2015 having worked previously at Aston Villa for over 20 years.
He has a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Birmingham University and Diploma in Sports Coaching.
He taught in Birmingham, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.
Steve has a passion for the development of the individual and was instrumental in establishing players such as Gareth Barry, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Gary Cahill and Craig Gardner as Premiership players.
He has coached all over the world, including Germany, Finland, America, Canada, Australia and China.
The new role at Wolves is about developing coaches at Wolves to be the best they can be, a role which he really enjoys, and hopefully will develop the next generation of Academy Coaches for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
U21 Head Coach
Scott Sellars arrived as Under-21s Head Coach at Wolves prior to the start of the 2014/15 season.
As a player he had made over 500 career appearances, the vast majority in the Premier League, including clubs such as Leeds, Newcastle and Blackburn.
Having taken up coaching at the end of his career, Sellars worked as assistant manager at Chesterfield as well as Under-18 coach at Sheffield United, where he brought through players such as Matt Lowton, Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton. He then moved to work with Manchester City’s Academy for almost five years, eventually heading up the entire Academy coaching structure before leaving towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Sellars arrived at Wolves to work with the club’s Under-21 players and help develop that important age group, whose fixtures are in the Barclays Under-21 League.
In his first season at Wolves, players such as Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause emerged from the Under-21 ranks to become regulars at first team level.
At the end of the season, an Under-19 squad coached by Sellars and Rob Edwards won the Pilzer Cup competition in Germany, holding off the challenge of a series of top European sides.
Professional Support Phase Coach
Sean Parrish arrived at Wolves in the summer of 2012 to work as the club’s Professional Support Phase coach.
The important role involves working with the Under-21 and Under-18 Head Coaches with both Academy scholars and young professionals aiming to make the transition from youth to senior football.
Parrish boasts extensive coaching experience, particularly with young players, and worked as Academy manager at Northampton Town prior to joining Wolves.
He represented several clubs as a player, including Northampton Town, where he memorably scored from outside the box in a play-off semi final against Cardiff enroute to winning promotion at Wembley in 1997. A touch tackling midfielder, he also secured a promotion whilst at Chesterfield, whilst his spell at Kidderminster Harriers included going mighty close to a giantkilling over Wolves in the FA Cup third round at Aggborough.
Aled arrived at Wolves in July 2015 to take up the role of Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
This vital role will see Aled working with the young professional and academy scholar goalkeepers, while overseeing the youth development and foundation goalkeepers at the club.
Prior to joining Wolves, Aled gained extensive experience coaching in America with MLS (Major League Soccer) team New York Red Bulls for five years.
During his time at Red Bulls, Aled designed and implemented successful goalkeeping programmes while working daily with the Pre Academy, Academy and U23 Goalkeepers.
After his venture in New York, Aled relocated back to the UK to work with Cardiff City, coaching the whole age spectrum of goalkeepers from U21 down to U9.
Aled holds a BSc (Hons) in Sport Coaching from University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Goalkeeping B Licence and FA Youth Modules 1,2 and 3.
Youth Development Lead Coach
Darren is a former professional with Shrewsbury, Stockport, Chester, Rochdale and he gained UEFA Champions League experience with Welsh League winners Barry Town FC in 1996.
Darren joined Wolves Academy permanently in the summer of 2011 after being manager at Newtown AFC in the Welsh Premier League and having previously worked with the Academy’s Under-13 team.
Darren came in to work specifically with the 12-16 age group on the school release programme that the Academy still currently have in place.
The role has developed as part of the co-operation between the Academy and the local schools which allow Academy players to come out of school during the day and enjoy additional coaching.
Darren's experience as an ex-professional and as a fully qualified UEFA A Licence Coach with an infectious enthusiasm for the job, sees him viewed as a key part of the Academy team’s strategy since the gaining of Category One status.
Darren is currently undertaking his UEFA Professional Licence and the Module 3 Youth Coaching Award.
Assistant Recruitment Officer
A member of the scouting staff since 1998, Bob turned full-time at the club in 2002.
He was initially approached by Wolves to join the club as a scout when youth coach at Willenhall Town FC having previously worked for Bilbrook Juniors.
As a schoolboy he was the X-Country Champion of Staffordshire on two occasions later becoming a respectable middle distance and marathon runner.
In his youth he was with Walsall Football Club before dropping out of football for three years.
He later returned on the amateur football circuit becoming a regular in the Wolverhampton Amateur League Select side and amongst other clubs played for Bilston Town FC in the West Midlands League.
It is a little known fact that he is a respected poet in his own right being featured on various websites in his ancestral Scotland including Poetry of Scotland and Scotland's Enchanted Kingdom.
He is the author of Awa’ th’ Rough Hills an’ Awa’, Wulfrunian Footprints in Fife, ‘Ode’ Gold Wolves, Kicking around Codsall, plus other work and has his own website Poetic Writing of Robbie Kennedy Bennett. Concentrates on the local recruitment programme and registration compliance and is well regarded for his diligence.
Bob is currently the Academy's longest serving full-time officer.
Head of Education and Welfare
From Wolverhampton, and after playing a few games as a non-contract player in Wolves Junior and Youth Team in the late 1970’s, Nick Loftus pursued a career in schools as a PE Teacher.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree from the University of Nottingham and returned to Wolverhampton and Valley Park School to teach PE.
During his nine years at the school Nick took on responsibility for Personal, Social and Health Education, and also ran the Whitmore Reans’ school’s work experience programme and developed skills useful to his role at Wolves now.
A further 10 years at Willenhall Comprehensive School and four years at Moreton School in Bushbury led to a thorough grounding in education, and in local secondary schools.
Nick’s involvement in football was maintained through playing in the local non-league game and through Coaching.
Nick coached on local community courses, spent a couple of summers coaching in the USA and coached school teams, including school representative teams at Wolverhampton and West Midlands county level. In this capacity Nick worked with players such as Karl Henry, Keith Lowe, Leon Clarke, and Lee Carsley.
Nick joined Wolves Academy as Head of Education and Welfare in 2004.
Education and Welfare Officer
Originally a school PE teacher, Natalie was co-ordinator of school sports in Key stage 2 and 3 and co-ordinator of Key Stage 3 and 5 curriculum in schools in West Bromwich Willenhall before joining the Academy in April 2015.
She is also an avid netball player, playing regular matches in the Wolverhampton City Netball League, as well as keeping fit by taking part in Olympic Weight lifting and cross fit.
Natalie oversees the Hybrid, part time and full time programmes at the Academy for the U9- U15 players, and works with the School Liaison Officers to ensure that players at the Academy achieve the highest standards, and that there is close communication between the Academy and the player’s school to ensure players make excellent academic progress.
Academy Operations Manager
Now performing a crucial administrative role for the Academy, Jenny was formerly a Naval Writer and PA to a Naval Commander.
Responsible for all Academy Administrative procedures, clerical support initiatives as well as fully supporting the Academy Manager on a daily basis.
A lifelong Wolves fan, Phoebe is currently completing a one year apprenticeship at Wolves in collaboration with City of Wolverhampton College in Business Administration.
Phoebe offers clerical support to players and parents of our younger age groups in the Academy.
Highly valued member of staff, Ron ensures the highest standards of operational management in matchplay and all training sessions.
Very well organised and motivated, he has been at the Academy over ten years and also provides a link to parents and guardians.
Having worked diligently for the Academy on a part-time basis for over a decade, Ron became a full-time member of staff at the start of the 2009/10 season.
In April 2015, Ron was honoured as one of the 'Club Heroes' at the Football League Annual Awards night in London.
Assistant Academy Manager 9-16
Marc arrived at Wolves in 2005 and started work as a Community Officer for the Community Trust department.
In July 2008 he started working with the younger age groups of the Academy and in February, 2009, he became a full time member of the Academy staff.
As assistant academy manager, Marc’s role is to ensure the schoolboy programme at the academy operates effectively for staff and players and to help coordinate the coaching programme alongside the full and part time staff to maximise the provision for the schoolboy players.
He is also responsible for working alongside the education and welfare team for the Full-time players at Thomas Telford School.
Marc also works closely with Global Image Sports, where together they coordinate international coaching, coach development and recruitment opportunities for players in England, North America, Canada and Singapore.
Marc is currently taking his UEFA ‘A’ coaching license and holds the FA advanced Youth award along with other FA age-specific coaching qualifications (Youth Modules 1,2 and 3), a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Birmingham.
12-14's Youth Development
Daniel first joined the football club part time in 2010 to work with the Foundation age groups (5-11 years) whilst also working as a secondary school Physical Education teacher at Codsall High School.
Prior to his time at Wolves he was a schoolboy player at Wrexham and also spent seven years as a coach at their Centre for Excellence.
During his time at Wrexham he also spent three months coaching at soccer camps in USA, in New York State.
Since July 2012, Daniel has been working with Wolves Academy players in the Youth Development Phase (ages 12-14 years) coaching to improve their football ability and with additional responsibility for the academic and social development of our young players.
He also assesses scholars against NVQ standards.
Daniel has a BA (Hons) degree from Glyndwr University in Wales and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Bangor University qualifying him as a Teacher.
He holds the UEFA ‘B’ licence, and FA Youth Modules 1, 2 and 3.
Academy Administrator and Foundation Phase Coach
Jonathan was appointed full time in September 2014 following working in the academy as a part time coach for three seasons.
Before joining Wolves in 2011, Jonathan worked as a Sport and Delivery Co-ordinator and a part time coach at Walsall FC.
Jonathan’s role with Wolves sees him work in the Foundation Phase applying his vast experience of working with 5-11 year olds.
Jonathan also works as the Academy Administrator responsible for all academy administrative procedures for the schoolboys.
Jonathan holds a BSc Hons in Sports Coaching, UEFA B Licence qualification, and FA Youth Awards 1-3.
School Liaison Officers/Tutors
John Ncube – NVQ Assessor
Jamie Chapman, South Staffordshire College – BTEC Tutor
David Cooke, South Staffordshire College – BTEC Tutor
Adam Dwight, City of Wolverhampton College – Functional Skills
Jo Robinson, City of Wolverhampton College – Functional Skills
Lorna Gatenby – ESOL. Languages Tutor