Mark Kirk (Middle & Long Distance/ Cross Country)
Mark coaches a large group of athletes ranging from 16 to 55 years of age. His daughter Katie Kirk won an European Junior Gold medal in 2011 as part of the GB 4x400m team. She also finished 5th in the individual 400m final. She competed in 2 Commonwealth Games (2010 and 2014) and represented Ireland over 800m at the European Team Championships in 2019. She has won 5 British age group titles from U17 to U23 and Irish titles from U20 to Senior. Mark coached his son Conall Kirk to the 2019 European Indoor Championships and the 2019 European Games. He has won Irish National age group titles at cross country, indoors and outdoors and medalled at the Irish Senior 800m Championships in 2018. He currently holds the NI Youth 800m record. Mark coaches James Hamilton who represented GB at the European Para Athletics Championships in 2016 and the World Para Athletics Championships in 2017. Mark also coached Ryan McDermott to 2 European Cross Country Championships in 2013 and 2014. Mark was part of the coaching staff for the Irish cross country team at the European Championships in 2019 & assists with leading the Northern Ireland Marathon Potential Project.
Francis Marsh (Middle & Long Distance/Cross Country)
Bangor/North Down & Ards
Francis is a qualified British Athletics Event Group Specialist Coach in Endurance, coaching since 2003 and working with a range of athletes aged 14 to 35, including: Mark Patterson (European U20 800m finalist 2009, World U20 800m semi-finalist 2010); and Craig McMeechan (10th European U18 3000m 2016, Irish U20 XC champion & 37th European U20 XC 2017. Francis has a degree in Sports Coaching and his coaching philosophy embraces: long-term athlete development; a positive motivation climate; supporting individual athlete needs; and a holistic approach - reflecting the many factors contributing to development and performance.
Teresa McDaid (Middle & Long Distance)
Teresa believes in a “coach Led, multi-functional, integrated, event specific coaching system. Working closely with service providers enabling the athlete to reach their potential and be ‘fit for purpose’......I believe in balance, trust and developing an individual relationship based on understanding the person, their abilities, goals, and what athletes want out of athletics.”
Contact : Teresa.McDaid@hotmail.com
Bashir Hussain (Middle Distance/Steeplechase/ Mountain Running)
Bashir Hussain is a British Athletics Level 4 Coach and has an MSc in Biomechanics and has been coaching since retiring from competing as an international athlete that saw him win key events around the world including the Tsing Ma Bridge Hong Kong and Manchester Marathons. He has a road best of 63:01 over the half marathon, has won national medals and titles over the steeplechase, XC and on the track. He won a World M40 1500m and 3000m indoors in 2006. Bashir holds a British Athletics Level 4 coaching qualification in endurance.