Dr Christine Nash

Head of Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS)


My first qualification was in Physical Education; however I emigrated to the United States shortly after graduation. My MSc., which I undertook on a scholarship in the USA, concentrated more on sport coaching, and gave me the opportunity to apply the theory with the university swim team. I found the opportunity to integrate my educational background with sport coaching has been invaluable.

Since then I have been heavily involved in sport coaching and as a result my career has not always followed a ‘traditional’ route in higher education. Much of my credibility and understanding of the coaching process has been developed during my time as a national coach and this immersion within the profession has informed my subsequent career and research interests.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Jacki Thow- Asymmetries in strength & power related to swimming technique
  • Graham Thomson- Secondary Head Teachers as leaders for learning: the challenges for leadership focused on learning and teaching
  • Murray Craig

Research summary

  • Sport Pedagogy
  • Coach Education
  • Development of Expertise
  • Player/Coach Development Pathways

Current and recent research

  • Development of expertise in sport coaching

  • Role of mentoring within the development of expertise initially for sport coaches but there are clear links to other domains, for example, teaching)

  • Communities of Practice as a Learning Environment (initially for sport coaches but there are clear links to other domains, for example, teaching

  • Role Models in Sport (developed as a result of my research with Winning Scotland Foundation which includes Champions in Schools, Positive Coaching and Long Term Development)

  • Use of Technology in Sport Coaching (developed from coaches’ lack of access to coach education, MSc proposal for Sport Coaching and Performance and work with British Cycling through collaborations with Digital Education)

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