Position: Sports Lecturer
“Never stop learning! You are never too old to learn new things.”
I took my career in a completely new direction in 2003. After many years working in banking (accounting & finance) and Information Technology (project management), I returned to my love of sport/coaching. I resurrected my long-dormant tennis coaching work and then embarked on an academic journey to acquire and develop new skills and qualifications in related areas (physical therapy, teaching & learning and sport psychology). This journey from employee to self-employed was extremely challenging and has not only made me resilient and self-reliant but has also boosted my belief in my own abilities. My academic journey as a mature student has converted me into a life-long learner. These experiences have shaped me but have also given me a depth of knowledge and life experience that helps me relate well to students.
Colm’s Teaching Philosophy
My favourite aspect of teaching is de-mystifying the course material, breaking it down for students and watching their confidence and knowledge grow as they begin to believe that they can overcome the challenge they have set for themselves.
I tell my students that I empathise with them as I understand the challenge of balancing study and exams with other commitments. However, I don’t sympathise! After all, you have chosen to enrol. The workload goes with the territory.
I balance my teaching with an active (tennis) coaching career and a Physical Therapy practice. I provide Sport Psychology education and support to Basketball Ireland and a variety of teams and individual athletes.
I encourage my students to be research led and evidence based in everything they do. This is what will distinguish them as practitioners in their chosen field.
- MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology (Waterford IT)
- Post Grad Certificate in Third Level Teaching & Learning (DIT)
- Diploma in Physical Therapy (IPTAS)
- Tennis Ireland Development Coach (Tennis Ireland)
Research / Industry Participation
- Anatomy & Analysis Tutor for 11 years with IPTAS (Institute of Physical Therapy & Applied Science). 2006 – 2017
- Physical Therapist in private practice since 2006
- Tennis Ireland Development Coach since 1994
- Sport Performance Coach since 2015