Dr Andrew Abraham, Head of Subject

Dr Andrew Abraham

Head of Subject

Andrew joined Leeds Beckett University in November 2007. During this time he has acted as the group leader for Sport Coaching. He has been involved with the development of numerous undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the area of sport coaching. One of the most pleasing aspects of his work is seeing graduates from these courses gain professional roles making positive impacts in the development of young people and other coaches.

Andrew has most recently been involved in developing and delivering a Post Graduate Diploma in Coach Development to coach developer within The English Football Association.

Andrew's research and consultancy work is recognised across the world. The impact of this work is seen within the International Sport Coaching Degree Standards, co produced with the International Council for Coaching Excellence, academics from universities across continents and practitioners from International Coaching Federations.

Current Teaching

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport Coaching
  • PG Dip Coach Development

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the areas of:

  • Coaching Expertise
  • Coaching Effectiveness
  • Coach Development
  • Talent Development
  • Team Decision Making

This research has directly impacted on the design and content of our undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, as well as impacting on coach development policy for several agencies including UK Coaching and The Football Association.

PHD Supervisor to 4 Students:

  • Mike Ashford
    Understanding the methods, role and development of decision making in rugby. A practice to theory approach
  • Gary Hodgson
    The role and impact of individual differences on coach learning
  • Kristina Patterson
    Effective coaching for adolescent female footballers: Aligning
  • Mario Staller
    Creating more effective learning environments for the development of self defence expertise
Dr Andrew Abraham, Head of Subject

Selected Outputs

  • Ashford M; Abraham A; Poolton J (In press) What cognitive mechanism, when, where and why? Exploring the decision making of university and professional rugby union players during competitive matches. Frontiers in Psychology

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  • Collins D; Abraham A (In press) On Vampires and Wolves - Exposing and exploring reasons for the differential impact of coach education.

  • Lara-Bercial S; Jimenez A; Abraham A; Bales J; Colmaire P; Curado J; Dieffenbach K; Ito M; Mokglate O; Nordmann L (2016) The International Sport Coaching Bachelor Degree Standards of the International Council for Coaching Excellence. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 (3), pp. 344-348.


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  • Staller, MS; Abraham A (2016) 'Work on Your Problem-Solving': Krav Maga Experts’ Views on Optimal Learning Environments for Self-Defence Training. International Journal of Coaching Science, 10 (2), pp. 101-123.

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  • Abraham A (2014) Professionalism, Golf Coaching and a Master of Science Degree: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 9 (4), pp. 923-926.


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  • Collins D; Abraham A; Collins R (2012) On Vampires and Wolves - exposing and exploring reasons for the differential impact of coach education. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, 43 (3), pp. 255-272.

  • Abraham A; Collins D (2011) Taking the Next Step: Ways Forward for Coaching Science. QUEST, 63 (4), pp. 366-384.


  • eds. Allison W; Abraham A; Cale A (2016) Advances in Coach Education and Development From Research to Practice. Routledge.

  • Abraham A; Till K; Mckeown S; Muir B; Morgan G; North J; Jimenez Saiz S (2014) Planning your coaching: A focus on youth participant development. In: Nash C ed. Practical Sport Coaching. Routledge, pp. 16-53.

  • Abraham A; Collins D (2011) Effective Skill Development: How Should Athletes' Skills Be Developed?. In: Collins D; Richards H; Button A ed. Performance Psychology: A Guide for the Practitioner. London: Churchill Livingstone, pp. 207-230.

  • Abraham A; Morgan G; North J; Muir R; Duffy P; Allison W; Cale A; Hodgson R (2013) Task Analysis of Coach Developers: Applications to The FA Youth Coach Educator Role. In: Chaudet H; Pellegrin L; Bonnardel N eds. International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, 21 May 2013 - 24 May 2013, Marseille, France. Arpege Science Publishing.

  • Abraham A; Collins D; Morgan G; Muir B (2009) Developing expert coaches requires expert coach development: Replacing serendipity with orchestration. Lorenzo A; Ibanez SJ; Ortega E eds. Sevillia: Wanceulen Editorial Deportiva.

  • Abraham A (2012) Elite Club Coach Educator Project.

  • Abraham A; Manley A; Morgan G (2011) Aura, Presence and Impression Management.

  • Abraham A; Morgan G; Muir B; Duffy P (2011) Part A: Implementing Best Practice Recommendations for Coach Development within a Higher Education Setting: The Leeds Metropolitan University MSc in Sport Coaching. Part B: Understanding Governing Body Readiness for Level 4: A Quantitative Examination from 7 Governing Bodies.

  • Abraham A; Muir B; Morgan G (2010) UK Centre for Coaching Excellence Scoping Project Report: National and International Best Practice in Level 4 Coach Development.

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