Guildford, Surrey, UK

Meet our Professional Coaches

Kevin Wilson – Head Coach

kev-wilson

Kevin has been coaching professionally for 27 years, starting his career in the USA as Director of coaching at an all girls club in Houston Texas. 

He has recently passed his Senior A license and UEFA Elite youth license following 5 years of study and is now one of only a select few to hold these qualifications. Kevin’s qualifications include:-

  • UEFA Senior A License
  • UEFA Elite Youth License
  • UEFA B Licence
  • Youth Modules 1,2 and 3 Assessed (Specific to coaching 5-18 age bracket)
  • 2.1 BSc (Hons) Degree Sports Coaching
  • Futsal level 1 and Level 2, working toward Level 3 (UEFA B)
  • NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (USA A license)
  • FA Level 4 Psychology
  • FA Coaching Disability and Mentoring Adults
  • Emergency Aid and Safeguarding children.

Whilst studying for his coaching degree he worked with Liverpool John Moores ladies team leading them to Win the National championship in 2003.

In 2010 Kevin took up a role with Guildford Saint’s initially as Head coach, more recently  accepting the role of Director of Coaching overseeing  all aspects of coaching delivered within GSFC.

Kevin is currently developing a new girl’s football programme at Tormead School. He delivers several Futsal programmes at Lanesborough and Rokeby School, plus competing in a Surrey Futsal league with U10 and U14 Guildford Saint’s Futsal squads.

Kevin is extremely passionate about developing young players and providing every child a positive learning environment that enables ALL children to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

Mike HorneMike Horne Coach

Michael has vast experience working gained over many years of coaching children across a variety of sports.  Mike’s qualifications include:

  • UEFA C Licence/Level 2
  • Youth Modules 1 and 2 (Specific to coaching 5-18 age bracket)
  • BSc (Hons) Degree Physical Education
  • USSF C Licence in Coaching
  • FA Coaching Disability  Football
  • Level I Fencing
  • Emergency Aid and Safeguarding children.

Michael has previously worked for various coaching organisations including being a Head Coach at Elite Football. He currently works full time in a Primary School teaching PE and also coaches several teams at GSFC (Boys, Disability and Ladies teams).

Michael’s philosophy to coaching is to provide each player with a high level of technical and tactical information that will allow them to improve their decision making within a game setting.

Ben Egbe

Ben

Ben joined the club early this year as a volunteer and has worked closely with the Head Coach on different projects to improve his delivery and understand how community and grassroots football really works. He has been involved in youth football in West and South Africa for over a decade. Here is a summary of Ben’s experience and qualifications:

  • FA Level 1 Coaching Football
  • FA Level 2 Coaching Football
  • FA Level 1 Talent Identification
  • FA Emergency Aid and Safeguarding Children Certified

Thierry

I was born in Cameroon, raised in France now living in England. I’ve played football in England at Non-League level in the Ryman league, Ryman division one South and in the combined counties league. I currently play for the Lingfieldvets.

Qualifications todate: currently in my second year of a 3 year BSC (Hons) degree in coaching for performance in football.

Other qualifications are:

  • FA level 3 in supporting the delivery of Physical education and school sports.
  • Level 3 in sports psychology.
  • FA level 1&2 in coaching football.
  • FA 1 level in talent identification.
  • FA safeguarding, Emergency First aid,  concussions.
  • Advanced Diploma in sport and exercise Nutrition.

Work experience: Crawley Town FC as a casual coach before being promoted as a Coordinator for the Premier league Kicks program.

Substitute PE Teacher at ACS international School in Cobham. During the football season I managed the junior varsity girls football team and the under 17’s boys development football team.

2 years ago I started Messi Soccer School, coaching boys and girls aged 5 to 12 years in South Godstone.

In 2019/2020 I joined the GSFC coaching team.

Tony

Tony is a PE Teacher and Multi sports coach with over 35 years’ experience in professional football.Clubs include: Chelsea, QPR, Southampton, Wycombe Wanderers, Reading, Fulham and AFC Wimbledon, Working with Trusts, coaching and managing at both 1st team senior level as well as Youth Academy.

Women’s Senior Football
In Senior Women’s Football Tony was 1st Team Coach and part of the senior management team at QPR Ladies that won the league cup and achieved promotion to the Women’s Premiership for the first time in its history, he went on to manage the 1st Teams at Reading Women, Slough Town and AFC Wimbledon.

International Football
It was in 2008 when gaining success with QPR Ladies that the first opportunity of working with an International team presented itself. The South Korean Women’s National Team were on tour and in London, and Tony took them for a period of several weeks’ intensive training at the Linford Christie Stadium in Shepherds Bush. He also Managed Reading Women in an enthralling game against the USA World Champions in 2010.

Professional Non-League
In the 2002-2003 season Tony was part of the senior coaching staff at Farnborough Town in the National Conference (now the National League) as well as reserve team manager, during their near promotion into the EFL and heroic march in the FA Cup culminating in an epic 4th round tie against Arsenal at Highbury. He has also Coached and managed in Combined Counties Premier.

Grass Routes

At Grass route level Tony has coached and managed at various clubs at youth level, winning both the Northeast Hampshire league premier division and Surrey League. He went on to Manage as Northeast Hants Representative Manager winning the Hampshire Cup in 2000.

Sports related Qualifications:

  • UEFA B Coaching Licence
  • FA Youth Coaching Licence
  • SAQ for Soccer
  • FA Sports Psychology for soccer
  • Child Psychology Diploma
  • Sports Nutrition Diploma
  • Sports Coaching Diploma

Owen Stafford

Owen is one of our younger coaches who started coaching at Guildford Saints during the 21/22 season.

His qualifications include:

  • Fa Level 2 coaching qualification
  • Fa Emergency First Aid
  • Fa Safeguarding

Owen began coaching at aged 16 with his local team back in Dorset before moving to Guildford to study at the University of Surrey. He also coaches with several other clubs within the area and is a very approachable and enthusiastic coach. He has experience coaching ages 6-18 and strives to ensure all players enjoy every session whilst learning skills they can showcase on the pitch.