Professor Paul Potrac

Professor in Sports Coaching

Sport and Physical Activity

Arts and Sciences

Research Interests:
Sports Coaching, Coach Education, Sociology, Qualitative Research

BA (Hons), PhD


I completed my honours degree in Sport Studies and History at Brunel University before obtaining his Ph.D. from the same institution in 2001. After holding teaching positions at the University of Otago, Brunel University, and Unitec New Zealand, I returned to the UK to take up a position at the University of Hull. I joined the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University in October 2013. My main research interest focuses on the interplay between emotion, micro-politics, and practice in coaching and coach education. My research work has been influenced by my 18 years experience of coaching football in the UK, USA and New Zealand. I am currently engaged in research projects that not only focus on how coaches attempt to manipulate the working environment and cope with more...

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