Dean joined the Owls in September 2012 with a background of over 20 years in professional youth development.
He kicked off his coaching career at Burnley before progressing into the role of Community Manager. Dean also headed up the 9s-12s coaching at the club’s Centre of Excellence as well as taking on assistant manager duties with the Under-18s in the Lancashire Leagues.
The Chesterfield product moved to Preston North End in 2006 as Director of Youth Development and oversaw a successful six-year period in which 13 players progressed into the Preston first team.
A short spell as Head of Coaching at Morecambe was followed by his appointment at S6 where Dean oversees the ever-increasing academy arm of the club on a daily basis.
Head Of Coaching
Neil is a former professional footballer, posting almost 700 appearances for the likes of Barnsley, Ipswich and Hull, before moving to the other side of the white line.
Before joining the Owls in 2011, he gained a wealth of experience in coaching and also took the reins as academy manager with Leeds United.
The Hull product was first team coach at Hillsborough as the Owls sealed promotion in 2012 and was recruited by the academy to ultimately take the role of Head of Coaching. This will involve working through all age groups with players whilst offering staff support to aid long term development.
Neil is a highly qualified coach having obtained his UEFA A Licence, UEFA Pro Licence, LMA Management Certificate and Academy Manager’s Licence.
Head of Recruitment
The Sheffield Wednesday academy strengthened its ranks in July 2013 with the appointment of vastly experienced scout Ken Ryder.
Ken, who has previously worked at Swindon, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Shrewsbury, has taken up the role as Head of Recruitment.
Ken started scouting in 1980/81 season at Middlesbrough before spending ten years at Oxford as chief scout.
After spending a further 11 years at Wolves, Ken joined the backroom staff at Swindon, where he remained for a further five years.
Before joining the Owls as Head of recruitment, Ken was chief scout at Shrewsbury.
John has a vast amount of coaching experience, boasting 30 years’ service in the game.
He started out at Doncaster Rovers, overseeing the Under-16s that included the likes of Brian Deane and Rufus Brevett.
After making the short hop to Hillsborough, John began an extensive coaching career with the Owls, ranging from the Under-9s to youth coach, reserve team coach and more recently assistant coach to Lee Bullen with the Development Squad.
The Sheffielder currently manages the Coach Development Programme for the academy in conjunction with the FA, thus supporting staff in coaching qualification pathways.
He also assists the FA in the delivery of coaching programmes in England, Dubai and the Solomon Islands.
Head of Education and Welfare
Following a successful two-year stint with the SWFC Community Programme, Dan moved to the academy in 2011.
Dan has a background as a PE Teacher, having worked in schools and colleges for over 15 years and has also coached in America and Australia.
He is primarily responsible for the organisation, management and delivery of the academy’s Education Programme.
In turn, Dan charts the educational progress of all academy players registered with Sheffield Wednesday.
A key aspect of Dan’s role is to ensure that the academy’s educational provision reflects the strategy and performance targets as defined in the club’s Academy Performance Plan.
Child Protection Officer
Bringing 16 years’ experience in the football industry to S6, Richard is the club’s Child Protection Officer.
This position ensures that all relevant staff, both voluntary and paid, have a valid CRB certificate required for their role at the club.
Richard was previously the Referees and Fixtures Secretary of the Sheffield and District Under-18s league, Club Secretary of Hallam FC and Secretary/General Manager of Halifax Town.
Academy Lead Sports Scientist
Chris’ academy role centres on providing daily sports science support to the Under-18 and Under-21 age groups, whilst also working with the younger age groups.
This includes working directly with the players during field, gym and injury prevention sessions to ensure correct development of physical attributes in readiness for senior football.
In addition, Chris collects and monitors all training data to ensure the players are working at the required intensity during each phase of the season.
Prior to joining the Owls, he held sports science/strength and conditioning roles at Sheffield Eagles RLFC, Leeds Carnegie RUFC and Sheffield Hallam University.
Chris’ qualifications include a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning Science. He also holds professional accreditations with the NSCA where he is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and NASM as a Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Lead Professional Development Phase Coach
Steven is a former first team player for Wednesday who began his long association with the club as a nine-year-old and progressed through the club’s academy ranks to senior level.
The defender captained England youth sides at various age levels and played in the 1999 World Youth Championships (Under-20) in Nigeria and is also a graduate of the FA National School of Excellence.
Steven made his Premier League debut for the Owls in May 1999 against Liverpool and went on to make 171 appearances for the club he supported as a boy.
He also played for Halifax, Northampton, Bury and Hartlepool, making over 400 appearances during a 16-year professional career before retiring in the summer of 2012.
Steven is now the academy’s Lead Coach for the Professional Development Phase (Under-18) squad, responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of the training/games programme.
In addition to his coaching qualifications, Haslam has achieved a First-Class honours degree in Business and Management and has successfully completed the LMA/PFA Certificate in Applied Management for Football.
Head of Performance Analysis
This role at Middlewood Road is to structure and ensure the provision of a high quality performance analysis department across all age groups in line with the academy philosophy and coaching curriculum.
The department delivers in-depth and accurate analysis of video footage to all coaches and players to complement the coaching process and thus increasing tactical, technical, physical and psychological development.
Jack graduated with a First Class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University in 2013.
Jack completed an eight-week work placement at Chesterfield in 2011/12 and a further year’s internship at the Owls’ academy during 2012/13, working in the Performance Analysis and Sport Science departments.
Spent the summer of 2013 coaching football to children in the USA and travelled around Georgia and Tennessee, running football camps with players aged from three-18 years.
Upon returning from the USA, Jack took up his position as Academy Performance Analyst in August 2013 and became head of department in July 2014.
Interim head of sports science and medicine
Ash is a former professional footballer who has since turned his attention to the medical side of the game.
As a player, he represented Sheffield United, Darlington, Grimsby and Scunthorpe – and captained the England Under-18s on the international stage - before a back injury forced an early retirement at just 28.
He studied at Salford University, emerging with a degree in physiotherapy, and joined the SWFC academy in 2006.
The Sheffielder’s day to day duties include the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of scholars at Middlewood Road.
In addition, he oversees various rehabilitation programmes and works closely with the academy doctor when organising referrals and consultations for all the scholars.
Professional Development Phase Coach
Former academy product Max coaches the current Under-18s players on a day to day basis.
Each session involves thorough planning and preparation in order to maximise the players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically.
Thereafter, each player is evaluated and given relative feedback on all levels of performance, including targeted areas of improvement to enable suitable ongoing progress.
Every game is also evaluated in depth and Max liaises with the video analyst team to provide extensive feedback to the players highlighting strengths and weakness of performance both individually and as part of a unit.
Originally from the South East, Mike moved to Sheffield in 2005 to commence a BSc in Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University. His professional background includes both public and private sector healthcare delivery and involvement in elite ice hockey with the Sheffield Steelers.
As well as a short period with Portsmouth, Mike has served two spells with the academy, once as an intern and then as qualified support staff for the schoolboy programme.
Mike is now in his second season heading up the Under-16s medical team and works closely with the Under-18s and Development Squad.
His commitments include helping to optimise injury prevention, assist in clinical assessment and provide effective delivery of treatment and rehabilitation.
Youth Development coach
Ben assists with the coaching and development of all schoolboy players, implementing the Sheffield Wednesday technical curriculum.
Son of former Owls manager Howard, Ben is also lead coach of the Under-15/16 age groups.
Academy Sports Scientist
Jordan White is a recent Masters graduate in Sport and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University after also completing his undergraduate degree there.
He is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA and has vast experience across many sports while also specialising in applied sports nutrition.
His main responsibilities include working with the Under-21 squad on a daily basis whilst also implementing nutritional and recovery strategies across the whole academy.
Sport Science Intern
Originally from Norwich, Jack moved to Sheffield in 2011 to begin a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University, where he graduated in 2014, with specialist interests in sports biomechanics and muscular physiology.
Having completed an internship at Sheffield Wednesday during the 2013/2014 season, he worked part time within the academy Sport Science and Medicine team.
Jack is studying part time for a MSc in Applied Sport Science at Sheffield Hallam University.