Loughborough Rugby - Our Staff

Meet the staff delivering the Loughborough Rugby programme and find out more about opportunities to be involved

Rhys Edwards

Director of Rugby

Leading the Loughborough Rugby Programme is Director of Rugby, Rhys Edwards. Promoted to the role of DoR in 2019, Rhys joined Loughborough University as Head Coach for Lightning Rugby in 2017. Rhys is a former international coach (Wales) for both the 15s and 7s programme and has coached in the English Championship with Rotherham.

Gerard Mullen

Men's Head Coach

Gerard hails from Ireland and moved to the UK in 2009 to play professionally in the RFU Championship and complete a Sport Coaching degree at St Mary's University. With a change in focus to coaching, Gerard moved to Loughborough to do a Sports Management MSc and to coach within the Loughborough programme. Upon graduation he took the opportunity to coach full time as Attack and Backs Coach, moving to the position of Men's Head Coach in 2017.

Gerard is the Grandson of Irish legen Karl Mullen who captained the British & Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 1950. He is passionate about offering students the opportunity to pursue performance rugby alongside studying for a top-quality degree.

Nathan Smith

Performance Coach

Nathan is a former National League player and RFU Level 4 accredited coach, with a BSc in Sports Science from the University of Leeds. Nathan has held coaching roles with Championship and National League sides Yorkshire Carnegie and Ilkley RFC.  To broaden his rugby knowlege he has sought playing experience in Australia and has been mentored by a number of high profile Premiership coaches.

Nathan leads on the BSR coaching and the Forwards play for the Men's Programme and also works with Loughborough Lightning Rugby Programme, supporting the Women’s EPS forwards. 

Amy Walmsley

Programme Manager

Andy Rhys Jones

Programme Coordinator & PA Lead

Jim Henry

Defence Coach

Jamie Taylor

Set Piece Coach

Tom Harrison

Defence & Scrummaging Coach

Dan Bainbridge

PA Placement

Zoe Copnall

PA Placement

Alasdair Murphy

Nutrition Placement