Staff profile

Dr Andy Borrie

Senior Lecturer in Coaching and Professional Practice


I have 30 years experience of working in elite sports, coaching and education. In that time I have been lucky enough to:

I am now passionate about how we can provide better coaching and mentoring for both talented athletes and sports practitioners (coaches/support staff/administrators). I try and express this in my teaching, my personal research and supporting/supervising other researchers.

I am currently working on projects that are looking at :

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently teaching across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sports coaching and applied sports science. My teaching primarily focuses on the development of the knowledge, attributes and skills you need to be an effective practitioner. In addition, I lecture on working with talented athletes and the issues sport faces in supporting them appropriately. 

I am working closely with colleagues to develop new postgraduate opportunities for professional practitioners to undertake research through a professional doctorate.  

Professional interests

In addition to working at the University of Derby, I also work as an independent consultant and executive coach. I work with clients in the worlds of sport, business, education and the military both in the UK and abroad e.g. the Premier League and NATO. 

Research interests

My current research interests touch on the following areas:

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

In the last few years, I have presented at a range of academic and professional conferences on the topics of talent development, mentoring and professional practice. Examples are:

Experience in industry

During my career, I have worked outside of academia in a number of roles. I have been on the board of directors of three sports in the UK;-

Recently I have worked as a consultant with companies such as:

International experience

I have worked professionally in a range of countries including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. My work in these countries was as either as a consultant to review sporting organisations/systems or as an applied sport scientist supporting elite teams and performers.

Recent publications

In the past decade I have published in a range of areas including peer-review journals and books as well as contributing many written professional evaluation and technical reports: