Dr Jamie Taylor

Lecturer in Sport Coaching


My background is in high performance sport having coached at Leicester Tigers for 7 years, leaving the role of academy head coach in 2018. I continue to work as a coach developer with a portfolio of work across Olympic sport, professional football and rugby. Prior to working in performance sport I was a teacher for 8 years.

A feature of my work is as a pracademic, trying to be at the cutting edge of evidence informed practice. My academic route was non-traditional having completed a BA in History at the University of Birmingham, before returning to study to complete a PhD at Moray House. The focus of my research is in field of coaching and talent development.

Research summary


Talent Development

Coach development

Sport pedagogy

Development of expertise

Current research interests

Developing expertise in sport coaching The role of feedback in the coaching process Optimising the experience of coaching for the individual athlete