Staff profile

Lee Rylands

Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Development


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Science and Engineering


School of Human Sciences



I have worked in the sport and leisure industry for over 15 years. During this time I held various positions including gym instructor, deputy manager of leisure centre, coach and coach educator. I have worked for a variety of national governing bodies and organisation (British Cycling Federation, Union Cycliste Internationale, Olympic Solidarity, Cycling Ireland, Sports Coach UK). As a result, I have an in-depth knowledge of the sport and leisure industry from an applied and academic perspective.

I still work collaboratively with a variety of sports organisation in my role as senior lecturer in sport Coaching and development. I have taught at the University of Derby for 10 years in the college of life and natural sciences and am the deputy chair of the college ethics committee.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities at the University of Derby include the area of sports coaching and sports development. I teach a wide variety of levels including Foundation degree, Bachelor of arts and master level students.

In addition to the university I have taught at Heidelberg in Germany (BA Sports coaching), Indonesia (Olympic solidarity) and Level 1-3 British cycling Coaching qualifications.

Professional interests

I have a wide variety of interests in the area of sports coaching and coaching science. From knowledge transference: how coaches ascertain and disseminate knowledge to profile of sports: aspects of a sport that have an impact on results. This area of interest has led to a variety of working relations ships with amateur and world class athlete and sport governing bodies.

Research interests

My research interests are based on applied coaching science, which is research that can be used to develop an athlete’s performance. I have worked collaboratively with a variety of governing bodies such as British cycling and Cycling Irelands.  I have also work collaboratively with researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, University of Central Lancashire and Winchester University on a number of studies.

I have also aided in studies in a variety of sports including: sports climbing, Air rifle shooting and swimming.

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