Date of birth: 15/09/1968
Place of birth: Adelaide, South Australia
Chris began his coaching career at the young age of 21, having long held an interest in that side of the game - particularly goalkeeping. Initially working with the South Australia Sports Institute, which aims to develop teenagers for the Socceroos national side, he gained his UEFA qualifications before first becoming associated with Newcastle in 2002.
The Magpies' Academy side were playing a tournament in Adelaide and Chris was one of the competition's liasion officers, enlisted to help look after Newcastle's players. But, impressed with his enthusiasm, Kenny Wharton and Peter Beardsley gave him the opportunity to work with the club's up-and-coming goalkeepers for the duration of the tournament - and two years later, he joined the club on a full-time basis.
Initially working with United's Football in the Community scheme, Kickz, working with local schools and goalkeeping programmes, he was appointed Academy Goalkeeper Coach by Richard Money, to whom he remains grateful for the opportunity to work as a professional coach. He now oversees the development of the club's goalkeepers from under nine up to Reserve team level, and was delighted to see local lads Jonathan Mitchell and Aidan Grant offered two-year scholarships in 2010/11.
Passionate, dedicated and hard-working, Chris believes that goalkeeping has evolved in the last ten years and, together with the United's other coaching staff, is aiming to help the club produce talented 'modern' goalkeepers for the first-team.