Colum Cronin

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Phenomenological study of youth performance coaches lived experiences.

Supervisors: Professor K Armour


  • BA (Hons) Sport Management – University of Northumbria 
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education – University of Central Lancashire
  • MSc Coaching – Loughborough University


I have been working and studying coaching in the public, private and voluntary sector sports organisations for about ten years. My background in the sport industry is very much youth focused and much of my time has been spent increasing participation and performance in youth basketball. This includes significant time as a volunteer coach, a role I still fulfill today at Burnley Basketball Club in Lancashire.

I am also a lecturer at the University of Cumbria where I lead on the BA (Hons) Coaching and Sport development. I try to ensure my teaching is informed by research and is interactive. My research is focused on coaches, their lives, practice and development and aims to be both theoretically stimulating and relevant to practitioners.


  • Miller, P.K. & Cronin, C. (2012). Rethinking the factuality of “contextual” factors in an ethnomethodological mode: Towards a reflexive understanding of action-context dynamism in the theorisation of coaching. Sports Coaching Review, 2(2), in press.
  • Paul K. Miller, Louise Rowe, Colum Cronin and Theodoros M. Bampouras (2012): Heuristic Reasoning and the Observer's View: The Influence of Example-Availability on ad-hoc Frequency Judgments in Sport, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 24:3, 290-302.
  • Theodoros M. Bampouras, Colum Cronin and Paul K. Miller (2012) Performance analytic processes in elite sport practice: An exploratory investigation of the perspectives of a sport scientist, coach and athlete. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 12, 468-483.
  • Colum Cronin (2011): Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques, Evaluation & Research in Education, 24:3, 219-221.