Lecturer in Sport Sociology and Coaching
School of Sport and Exercise Science
College of Social Science
About Alex Blackett
Before arriving at the University in January 2010, I studied as an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University gaining a First Class BA (Hons) in Coaching and Sports Development. Coinciding with my studies I worked for Stoke City Football Club’s Community Programme and was involved in a variety of sports development initiatives along with coaching their women’s first and reserve teams. Before academia, I lived in New Zealand where I coached on the International Player Development Programme for the Bay of Plenty Eastern Representative soccer teams as well as coaching in the Midwest of the United States.
My PhD was a sociological investigation which focused on the coaching pathways elite male rugby union and association football players negotiated when transitioning into high-performance coaching upon retirement from competitive play.
I primarily teach on the BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching programme. I am module leader for the second year elective module of Project Management for Sport. I also teach on other modules associated to sports coaching, sports development, the sociology of sport and research methods. I currently act as a personal tutor for second year undergraduate Sports Development and Coaching students. I also coordinate a number of supplementary student volunteering opportunities that all sports students can become involved with.
Coach Development; Sociology of Coach Education; Professionalisation of Coaching; Coaching Pathways
PhD - Understanding the ‘fast-track’ transition between elite athlete and high-performan
— University of Lincoln, 2017
— The Higher Education Academy, 2014
First Class BA (Hons) Coaching and Sports Development
— MMU Cheshire, 2009
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary services
— Her Royal Majesty The Queen,
Coach mentor of the Students' Union Coaching of Team Sports (COTS) programme.
Project lead for the Lincolnshire Gifted and Talented Multiskills Academy
Lincolnshire Football Network Committee Member
History of Sports Coaching
Professionalisation of Coaching
Sociology of Coach Education
Sociology of Sport
Research Groups Memberships
- Blackett, Alex (2017) Creating a high-performance coach identity when ‘fast-tracked’ into a post-athletic coaching career in men’s association football and rugby union. In: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Postgraduate Forum, 1st September 2017, School of Sport and Exercise Science at University of Lincoln.
- Blackett, Alex (2015) A longitudinal study examining elite soccer and rugby union players’ transitions into elite coaching. In: Third International Coaching Conference, 9-10 September, 2015, Crewe, Cheshire.
- Blackett, Alex and Evans, Adam and Piggott, David (2015) Elite athlete to high-performance coach in men’s rugby union and soccer: a cohort longitudinal study. In: 10th International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference: 'Coach and Athlete Empowerment: a winning combination', 23-25 August, 2015, Vierumaki, Finland.
- Blackett, Alex and Evans, Adam and Piggott, David (2015) ‘Becoming’ an elite coach: a longitudinal study examining elite soccer and rugby union players’ transitions into elite coaching. In: 12th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, 10-13 June, 2015, Dublin.
- Blackett, Alex (2013) Seeking conceptual clarity in the study of elite professional coaches and managers in rugby union and association football. In: 9th ICCE Global Conference, September 11th-13th, 2013, Durban, South Africa.
- Blackett, A. D. (2013) Seeking conceptual clarity in the study of elite professional coaches and managers in rugby union and association football. In: Centre for Research in Coaching Second International Coaching Conference, 22 - 23 June 2013, Crewe, Cheshire.
- Blackett, A. D. (2012) From elite athlete to elite coach. In: ISSA World Congress of Sociology of Sport 2012, 16 - 18 July 2012, Glasgow Caledonian University.