Dr Charlie Corsby

Lecturer in Sport Coaching

Telephone number: 029 2041 7316
Email address: ccorsby@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Charlie is a Senior lecturer in Sport Coaching at the Cardiff School of Sport. Charlie was awarded a Ph.D. in Sport Coaching in 2017, which drew upon the writings of Harold Garfinkel and ethnomethodology to explore coaches’ everyday affairs. Charlie holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence coaching qualification. Alongside his academic responsibilities, Charlie is the Head Coach for Cardiff Met FC BUCS1 programme.​

Research / Publications

The focus of my research interests relate to the everyday complexities and affairs of coaches, particularly relating to ‘influence’ and ‘control’ within the coaching context. To date, my work has drawn upon ethnomethodology to explore coaches’ everyday interactions and observations. I am interested in a range of qualitative research methods as ways of better understanding coaching. 

Peer-reviewed publications

Jones, R.L., & Corsby, C. (2015). A Case for Coach Garfinkel: Decision Making and What We Already Know. Quest, 67, 1-11.

Corsby, C. L. T. (2017). The deconstruction and reconstruction of sports coaching: An interview with Professor Robyn Jones: A commentary. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 12(4), 429–431

Corsby, C.L.T. & Jones, R. L. (2019). Observation, evaluation and coaching: the local orderliness of 'seeing' performance. Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1587399

Corsby, C.L.T., & Jones, R.L. (2019). Complicity, performance, and the 'doing' of sports coaching: An ethnomethodological study of work. The Sociological Review. DOI: 10.1177/0038026119897551

Corsby, C.L.T., & Bryant, A. (2020). "I felt like I was missing out on something": An evaluation of using remote technology in the classroom. Educational and Information Technologies. DOI: 10.1007/s10639-020-10207-2

Corsby, C.L.T., Lane, A., & Spencer, D.R. (2020). Becoming a mentor: an exploration of 'how' student-coaches negotiate mentoring practice, Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2020.1866525

Lee, H. W., & Corsby, C.L.T. (2021). Goffman, Totalising, and resistance in South Korean coaching: Understanding the 'underlife' of coaching. Sports Coaching Review. DOI.org/10.1080/21640629.2021.1897245

Corsby, C.L.T., Jones, R.L., Thomas, G.L., & Edwards, C.N. (2021). Coaching and 'self repair': Examining the 'artful practices' of coaching. Sociological Research Online. DOI: 10.1177/13607804211064911

Corsby, C.L.T., Jones, R.L., & Lane, A. (2022). Contending with vulnerability and uncertainty: What do coaches say about coaching. Sports Coaching Review. DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2022.2057697

Jones, R.L., Denison, J., & Corsby, C.L.T. (2022). Editorial: In the interest of discussion, debate, and future possibilities. Sports Coaching Review. DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2022.2161119

Jones, R.L., Corsby, C.L.T., & Lane, A. (2023). Sustaining the unsustainable: Meaningful longevity and the doing so sport coaching. Sport in Society. doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2023.2253754

Jones, R.L., Corsby, C.L.T., & Thomas, G.L. (2023). Bordering, connecting, and dispelling within sports coaching: Erasing the practitioner-scholar divide. Societies. 13(9). doi.org/10.3390/soc13090201

Corsby, C.L.T. (2023). Coaching practice as discovering performance: The wild contingencies of coaching. Sports Coaching Review. DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2023.2275394

Corsby, C.L.T., Sánchez-García, R., & Jenkings, K.N. (2023). Ethnomethodological and Conversation Analysis (EMCA) Studies of Coaching in Sport: A Coaching Special Issue. Sports Coaching Review.

Edited Books & Book Chapters

Corsby, C. L. T. & Edwards, C.N. (2019) (Eds). Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Context and contingency. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Corsby, C. L. T. & Edwards, C. N. (2019). Introduction: Context and Contingency. (pp. 1-11). In C.L.T. Corsby and C.N. Edwards (Eds), Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy: Context and contingency. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Corsby, C.L.T., Thomas, G.L., & Santos, M. (2021). Coached Education: (Re) conceptualizing how coaches learn. (pp). In. R. Resende & A.R. Gomes (Eds), Coaching for human development and performance in sports. (P.25-41). Springer.

Corsby, C.L.T. (2021). The backstage of 'seeing' performance: Developing the 'seen' and 'unseen' of coaching. In F. Cavallerio. Creative Non-Fiction in Sport and Exercise. London: Routledge.

Potrac, P., Hall, E., McCutcheon, M., Morgan, C., Kelly, S., Horgan, P., Nichol, A., Edwards, C.N., & Corsby, C.L.T. (2022). Developing politically astute football coaches: An evolving framework for coach learning and coaching research. (pp. 15-28). In T, Leeder (Ed), Coach Education in Football: Contemporary Issues and Global Perspectives. London: Routledge.

    Teaching and Supervision

    I currently deliver on a range of modules within the area of sport coaching, including the undergraduate and postgraduate Sports Coaching courses. Specifically, I am module coordinator for Postgraduate Research Methods, while also module leader for Understanding the Sporting Environment (L7) and Phenomenology and Sports Coaching: A Phenomenology of Practice (DSC; L8). 

    Qualifications and Awards

    B.Sc. Sport Coaching (1st Class), Cardiff Metropolitan University (2013)

    Ph.D. Sport Coaching, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2017)

    UEFA ‘A’ Licence Coach (Youth & Senior)

    PgCTHE, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2019)

    Academic Recognition

    2013 - Winner of the Gwyn Williams award for best all-round male undergraduate student

    2017 - 'PhD Thesis of the year' award from Cardiff Metropolitan University 

    2020 -​​ External Examiner, University of the West of Scotland

    2023 - “Exceptional Supervisory Team of the Year”. Presented at the Doctoral Researcher Supervisor Symposium, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Principality Stadium.​


    Awarded Santander Outward Mobility Scholarship (2015)

    Awarded Santander Outward Mobility Scholarship (2017)

    ESRC PhD pathway award (2019)

    Student Engagement Fund: Mentoring (2019)

    Student Engagement Fund: Student Feedback (2019)

    UEFA Research Programme, Mental health, wellbeing and coping with the everyday: An examination of what elite coaches endure (2019)

    Sport Wales, Welsh Coach Developer Practitioner Programme (WCDPP) (2022)​

    Sport / Coaching Profile

    I am a member of three professional bodies, including:

    • British Sociology Association (BSA)
    • International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)
    • Football Association of Wales (FAW)​​


    Cardiff Metropolitan University F.C. Welsh Premier League Squad

    South-West England Regional Squad player (2009)

    Dorset County Football Player

    Bournemouth District Football Player


    Head coach of Cardiff Metropolitan F.C. Development Squad​