Head of Coach Development puts coaches first

Southampton Women’s Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of

Chris Hicks as the club’s new Head of Coach Development.

Hicks will oversee the development of all the promising coaches at the club and will be tasked with unearthing the potential that every coach at the club has within them. He will also be tasked with ensuring a similar coaching philosophy and play style throughout all age groups.

Chris brings along his passion for both coaching and coach mentoring. He currently coaches U17 and university sides as well as being involved in local league management.

The new position will allow him to take a step back and reflect on the overall direction of the club and how he can use his skills to pull everything together and really improve the set up at Southampton Women’s FC.

The club’s FA-appointed coach mentor, Daniel Piper, mentioned that he ‘can’t wait to work’ with Hicks and has labelled the appointment as ‘integral’ to the club. Piper also says that he’s looking forward to developing coaches alongside him.

Chris Hicks (L) and Dan Piper (R) at training this week

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I was immediately attracted to the club after going to a few games of the Development, Reserves and the First team. Especially after talking to a few of the spectators, coaches and Amanda, there is clear passion top to bottom to give players the best long-term development they can throughout all age groups. The club are in line with one of my key values in developing players to become the best they can possibly be. I was also attracted to the club through their focus on developing the coaches by embeddi