Liam McCarthy

Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Development

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR244

+44 (0) 1772 89 4691

LMcCarthy4@uclan.ac.uk

Liam is a Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Development working within the School of Sport and Health Sciences. 

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Liam is an experienced sports coaching academic and coach developer, with a track record of high quality teaching, research and applied work. For more than a decade, Liam has worked within both National Governing Bodies (NGB) and Higher Education Institutes (HEI) contributing to the professional development of over 20,000 sports coaches and coach developers. Increasingly, this work is being undertaken internationally, where Liam has made significant recent contributions in Japan and in the USA.

Liam teaches across a wide variety of sports coaching related modules, supporting student-coaches to make sense of and enhance their professional practice. Informing this work, Liam remains deeply rooted within industry through ongoing collaborative projects at the English Football Association (the FA), the United States Centre for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). With regard to the latter, Liam currently leads the ICCE Assessment in Coach Education Working Group. Alongside this, Liam is an active researcher and has published much of the applied work that he has undertaken with coaches and coach developers, in both peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Liam continues to work toward to completion of his PhD at Leeds Beckett University. 

Prior to working within Higher Education, Liam spent five years as Head of Coach Education and Development for the National Governing Body of an Olympic Sport. During this time, Liam was responsible for building coaching frameworks, pathways and policy from the ground up. Liam designed and developed nine internationally recognised coach education programmes which engaged performance (e.g. International and Olympic), community and school-based coaches. As part of this, Liam worked closely with stakeholders such as Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust and UK Coaching. This significant contribution to coaching and development of a large high-quality delivery workforce meant that participation within the sport increased significantly and was rewarded with continued public support and investment from Sport England.

On transitioning into Higher Education, Liam took on the role of Lecturer in Sports Coaching at St Mary's University (Twickenham) in 2015, before progressing to a Senior Lecturer position in 2018. During this time, Liam continued to make a significant contribution to the development of coach eduction programmes and sports coaches. For example, Liam led a national cross-institutional Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded project which sought to enhance the development of sports coaches in a Higher Education context specifcially. This (and other) work became recognised internally (e.g. through the St Henry Walpole Award for Teaching and Learning) and increasingly externally, through invitations to contribute to the delivery of the Premier League Elite Head of Coaching (EHOC) programme and a place on the prestigious Nippon Sport Science University Coach Developer Academy programme. The latter saw Liam spend a considerable period of time, over three visits, in Tokyo during the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. As a result, Liam remains well connected to an international coach developer network which has influence over coach development globally.

Finally, Liam has a track record of high quality research and continues to publish work in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Liam has also made significant contributions at international conferences, through oral presentations, applied workshops and hosting symposiums. Liam regularly attends and contributes to the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Global Coaching Conference and Research Fair and the United States Centre for Coaching Excellence (USSCE) Summit. Liam has also had a presence at the International Teaching Games for Understanding Conference and the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP).

Qualifications

  • MSc Sports Coaching, Leeds Beckett University, 2015
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Management, Loughborough University, 2010.

Conferences

O’Connor, D. & McCarthy, L. (2019). Developing research capability: moving beyond
correlational studies in positivist research. Presented at, International Council for Coaching
Excellence (ICCE) Global Coaching Conference and Research Fair. October 28th - November
1st. Tokyo, Japan.

McCarthy, L. & Boocock, E. (2019). Making the Case for Realist Research to Inform Sports
Coaching Policy and Practice: What works for whom, in what circumstances and why? Presented
at, International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Global Coaching Conference and
Research Fair. October 28th - November 1st. Tokyo, Japan.

McCarthy, L., North, J., & Muir, B. (2019). Project-based assessment as a feature of coach
education programmes: what works for whom, how and why? Presented at, International Council
for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Global Coaching Conference and Research Fair. October 28th -
November 1st. Tokyo, Japan.

McCarthy, L., North, J., & Muir, B. (2019). The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) Assessment Strategy: What
Works for Which Coaches in What Context and Why?. Presented at, Carnegie Sports Coaching
Research Showcase. July 17th. Leeds, UK.

McCarthy, L., Hide, K. & Price A. (2019). We are never going to be world leading if we kept doing
the same stuff: A case study of collaboration between a National Governing Body and
researchers.. Presented at, USCCE North American Coach Development Summit. June 18th.
Colorado Springs, CO.

McCarthy, L. & Hounsell, T. (2019). Exploring the use of technology in coaching education:
Digital coach development or disaster?. Presented at, USCCE North American Coach
Development Summit. June 17th. Colorado Springs, CO.

McCarthy, L. & Hounsell, T. (2019). Technology Enhanced Coach Education and Development:
Why Nothing Works Everywhere for Everyone. Presented at, UK Coaching Research Conference.
February 19th. Derby, UK

External roles

United States Centre for Coaching Excellence (USCCE) Summit Organising Committee Member

International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) Assessment in Coach Education Working Group Leader

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Areas of interest

Coach Development

Assessment in Coach Education

Realist Evaluation 

Awards

St Mary's University St Henry Walpole Award for Teaching and Learning