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Aaron Cusack

Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education

Programme Leader BA (Hons) Sport Coaching

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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Aaron Cusack

Role Summary

Aaron is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching & Physical Education and is also the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Sport Coaching. In addition to this, Aaron works as a senior coaching practitioner and educator for The Football Association (The FA). He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of coach education and understands the wide-ranging impact this profession can have on coaches and performers alike.  Aaron holds the UEFA A Licence in Coaching Football (Senior Level 4 Award), the FA Advanced Youth Award (12-16 age Youth Level 4 Award) and has extensive knowledge and experience of working within Professional Academy Football.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development (Learning & Teaching in HE)
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Exeter
  • BA Hons (1st Class) Applied Sports Science and Coaching, University of Exeter
  • UEFA A Licence Coaching Certificate in Football
  • FA Advanced Youth Award (Level 4 - 12-16yrs)
  • FA Youth Award


Aaron teaches predominately across the Sport Coaching & Physical Education degree programmes focusing specifically on practice design, skill acquisition, performance analysis, participation coaching and performance coaching.


Aaron's interests are based around the understanding of nonlinear pedagogy to facilitate practice design in sport and physical education. This approach lends itself towards developing greater knowldge of the constraints based approach designed to create challenging and supportive individual learning envrironments.  

My approach to high quality coach education and learning:

• High quality practice design inclusive of learning activities underpinned by research

• Underpinning coach philosophy in coach education by integrating professional and personal values tailored to learner's needs in diverse learning environments.

• My drive for continued professional development to enhance knowledge and understanding of pedagogical ideas to underpin my delivery as a coach practitioner.


Conference presentations:

Cusack, A. & Long, G. (2011) Plagiarism: Student perceptions and staff detection. Research presented at the University College Plymouth Marjon Annual Research Conference, UK, 2011

Picknell, G., Thomas, R., & Cusack, A. (2010). Psychological stressors experienced by student sports coaches. Research presented at the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group Annual Conference, Sheffield, UK, 2010.

Picknell, G., Thomas, R., & Cusack, A. (2010). Stepping into the unknown: An investigation of psychological stressors experienced by student coaches. Research presented at the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, 2010.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

The Football Association (The FA) - FA Coaches Club

Roles on external bodies

The Football Association (The FA) - UEFA B Licence (level 3) Affiliate Tutor

The Independent Football Academy - Head of Coaching 

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