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Performance Sport Staff and Coaches

​​​​​​​​​At Cardiff Met, we have world-class staff and coaches who will ensure our student athletes excel in their chosen sport.​

Michael Clayden
Michael Clayden
UCCE Cricket

Stef Collins
Stef Collins

Stef is still factoring in the Great Britain set-up and recently played for England, winning a Silver Medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. She has an MA in Sports Coaching and Development and a PgD in Strength and Conditioning from Cardiff Met University and has been coaching the Cardiff Met Archers Women's Basketball team since 2013. She was part of Great Britain’s Olympic team in London in 2012 and the most capped player for either Senior Men and Women’s GB Basketball teams with over 147 appearances since 2006.

Kiera Davies
Keira Davies
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Thomas Elliott-Smith
Head Coach Wheelchair Basketball​

Ian Gardner
Ian Gardner
​Men's Rugby

Ian is a Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Coaching in the Cardiff School of Sport. He is also one of the senior rugby coaches within the Cardiff Metropolitan RFC who play in the WRU National Championship and the BUCS Premier division.

Kerry Harris
Dr Kerry Harris
Women's Football

Kerry has been coaching Cardiff Met WFC since 2002. Whilst she has a humble playing background, she has worked her way through her UEFA licenses and gained experience in several coaching roles alongside her work at Cardiff Met. These include Football Development Officer, Technical Director for the Cardiff Met Football Academy, Welsh Universities National Manager (and later Head Coach), and Great British Students Assistant Coach. During her time at Cardiff Met, Kerry has coached the women's football club to several BUCS League and Championship titles, FAW domestic league and cup titles and also, six times secured a place in the UEFA Women's Champion's League competition. 2014 and 2019 were by far her most successful coaching years, winning four out of five major competitions and the domestic treble; an accomplishment that sets Cardiff Met WFC apart from any other team in Wales and any other university in Great Britain.

Luke Hawker
Luke Hawker

Luke Hawker is a co-captain of Wales with 100+ appearances. Luke has led Wales in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the 2019 (Antwerp) and 2021 (Amsterdam) Eurohockey Championships. He is captain of Cardiff & Met HC and has won multiple Hockey Wales Championships, enabling representation of Cardiff & Wales in three Eurohockey Leagues and seven EuroHockey Trophy tournaments. 

Luke has been Director of Hockey since 2014, actively coaching the BUCS and Cardiff & Met HC Ladies performance squad. In that time, he has overseen the rise in performance & participation across the Hockey environment, alongside the growth of support staff in Strength & Conditioning, Performance Analysis, Psychology, Taping, Rehabilitation & Massage and Club Management. 

Luke is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching, a Level 3 Coach Educator, Assessor and is currently completing a Professional Doctorate investigating experiential learning in coach education.

Lisa Newton
Lisa Newton
Women's Rugby

Cardiff Met Sports Coaching graduate and a qualified Level 2 Coach. During her playing career, alongside winning 3 BUCS cups and 1 BUCS Cup with Cardiff Met, Lisa represented both Wales U20s and Seniors in Six Nations and World Cup tournaments. After graduating from Cardiff Met Lisa spent 4 years in Canada coaching University women’s rugby and Provincial level teams in both 15s and 7s. Returning to Wales in 2015 she took an opportunity with the Cardiff Blues coaching seniors and U18s alongside returning to her old club, Pontyclun Falcons to coach the women’s team in the Welsh Premiership.

Luke Watson
Luke Watson

Luke is the Welsh Triathlon Performance Coach Welsh Triathlon, leading the National Triathlon Performance Centre Wales (NTPCW) and also the Welsh Senior Programme including the Commonwealth Games team. As an athlete, he was previously a Welsh Talent Squad member, before going on to study at Loughborough, competing for Great Britain in the World University Championships, and as a guide for visually-impaired paratriathletes. Before moving back to Wales, he was the assistant coach to the Olympic and Paralympic World Class Performance Programmes in Loughborough.