Darren Ryan

Elite Player Development Manager

Department: Coaching
Age Groups: U13
Date Joined: 01/01/2020

Professional qualifications

  • UEFA A- Licence- 2009- Coaching course working on 11v11 in and out of possession- renewed 2024.
  • FA Developing Forwards- 2012
  • FA Advanced Youth Award- 2014- 4 corner development on the players and how to individualise my coaching on players development needs.
  • FA Level 1- 2020- Introduction to Talent Identification
  • FA First Aid- 2021- Needs Renewing
  • FA Safeguarding Children Training- 10/02/2022
Previous positions held

U13 Lead Coach
Lead Youth Development Phase Coach
Assistant U23 Professional Development Coach
Lead U18 Professional Development Coach
Elite Player Development Coach/ U18 Professional Support Coach

Which Wolves Value best suits you and your role?

HUMBLE- I’m a person that wants to keep learning from everyone and don’t look at my experience and feel I’m more qualified than other coaches and MDT staff. I feel I’m a very approachable person and feel staff, players and parents are comfortable coming to speak to me and have a very outgoing personality.

Professional playing experience

Shrewsbury Town- 1988-1991
Chester City- 1991-1992
Stockport County – 1992-1994
Rochdale A.F.C- 1994-1996

Weekly tasks overview

My role is working alongside the Academy Elite Performance Team to develop players and understand that player development will differ across the 4 corner model.
I will work with coaches and MDT to insure the individual plans are being delivered and evidence is being provided.
Delivering individual or unit specifics sessions throughout the week with the different age groups and watch performance in training and games and give feedback to players, coaches and MDT staff.
Communicate and provide plans to parents and players weekly or 3 week plans.
Communicate to Head of Coaching and football operations on a weekly basis on plans and progression.

What do you most enjoy about working for the academy?

The environment within the club and academy makes it enjoyable to come to work.
Seeing players develop and progress through the academy and become better people.

Future career and academic aspirations

FA Talent ID courses as I want to progress into Recruitmemt.

Further information

I believe I’m a enthusiastic, passionate and confident person who is positive.
I work well on my own and part of a team.
Over the years at the academy I feel I have developed patience, motivation and leadership skills.