Dean Parsons

Dean Parsons

Dean Parsons is a senior lecturer and Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Rugby Coaching and Performance. Dean is a product of the university from the Sport Science course back in the 90s.

Dean is currently an IRB/Welsh Rugby Union Level 3 Coach, Sports Coach UK level 3 tutor and a UKCC/WRU Coach Educator actively involved in delivering the National Governing Body Rugby Awards in the Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons regions. Dean has been involved in the semi-professional and professional game since the early 90’s, and was employed by Neath RFC as their strength & conditioning coach when the game turned professional during the mid 90’s.

Dean has worked with a number of high profile clubs in recent years including Neath RFC, Pontypridd RFC, Caerphilly RFC and Ebbw Vale RFC, helping a couple of those sides to European Competition finals. Dean has also been involved internationally with the Welsh Rugby Union Women’s senior squad, where he took the role of strength & conditioning coach during their build up to the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Barcelona. Dean has also provided Analytical support to the Welsh National Rugby League senior squad.

Dean is currently employed in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Education as a senior lecturer. He’s a course leader on two degree programmes specialising in Rugby Coach Education. Dean’s research interests are in Reflective practice, Long term athlete development and the role of the mentor within coaching.

As a sport and exercise scientist, he has offered scientific consultancy support across a range of sports to many professional athletes.