Sports Coaches

SETH SIMMONS: He is an experienced and well respected cricket coach, who currently plays for Whitstable Cricket Club in Division One. Seth studied Sports Development at the University of Portsmouth where he also represented England and British Universities at cricket.

Throughout his cricketing career he played for both Kent Youth and Hampshire also experiencing 2nd class cricket. He has been awarded many accolades including Kent Young Cricketer of the Year and Kent Batsman of the Season, hitting scores of 156 against Glamorgan and 223 against Somerset. Seth is also the Kent U15 Assistant Coach so knows how to push talented cricketers.

He is a PE and Games teacher as well as being Head of Cricket at St Lawrence College. In 2012 he founded the SLC Cricket Academy which now boasts several Kent Cricket players in their respected age groups.

Seth founded the SLC Sports Excellence Programme in 2014. Seth’s main aim on the Sports Excellence Programme is to develop the players game through creating a structured environment whilst giving every player an opportunity to flourish both as an individual as well as part of a team. His cricket training methods test players both physically and mentally but always provides them with an enjoyable experience that will prepare them as thoroughly as possible.

KWAN BROWNE: Born on the sunny twin island of Trinidad and Tobago, Kwan Browne began his Senior International career at 15. Kwan then went to captain Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men at age 18 for the next 15 years. Kwan is still playing international hockey and is now on 298 international caps.

Kwan's passion is coaching and he started coaching his first senior club at age 19. After captaining his country at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, Kwan was offered a scholarship to study in London, where he completed a Law Degree and Masters in European and International Law. During his studies Kwan coached his university to 2 (BUSA/BUCKS) titles. Kwan then went on to coach East Grinstead and Canterbury Hockey Club in the English Premier League.

Kwan is heavily involved with the England Hockey Single System and has worked with most age groups throughout the years. At the 2013 Indoor European Cup, Kwan was the assistant coach of the England Senior Men. Kwan is currently Hampstead & Westminster HC Men's Head Coach, England U21 Men's Assistant Coach and England Senior Men Development Squad Assistant Coach. One of Kwan's most prestigious awards is being named England Hockey Performance Coach of the Year 2012. However, Kwan's most memorable award was being named Canterbury HC 'Club Man of the Year' 2014, 'this award is not about how good you are as a player or coach, but what you give back'.

ADAM IZZARD: Having been educated at the Royal Hospital School in Suffolk, rugby was always going to play a large part in Mr Izzard's upbringing. County rugby for Suffolk U16's and U18's and then Eastern Counties U18's set him up to play rugby into adulthood. Back home he then played his initial club rugby for Gosport & Fareham 1stXV at the age of 18 as well as Hampshire U19's, most surprisingly on the wing.

He then attended Chichester University, who progressed into the BUSA Premiership, a great achievement for such a small university. He played in his more accustomed position of inside centre. He also represented Sussex U21.

His first teaching job took him to the small market town of Buckingham, where he played out the remainder of his playing days at fly half or inside centre. It was also here that his coaching started, firstly at the local grammar school with much success and then finally onto the role of Director of Rugby for his beloved Buckingham Rugby Club. Having completed this role successfully for 4 years, he made the move south to start his new teaching role at St Lawrence in 2010. Adam is the current Kent U18 Rugby Coach.

SARAH GLYNN-BROOKS: Sarah Glynn-Brooks’ specialism is Netball; she is passionate about all aspects of Netball including playing, officiating and coaching to a high level.

Mrs Glynn-Brooks’ coaching career has seen her coach two county league squads. She is currently half way through her three year Level 3 award which, when successful, will make her one of less than 50 Level 3 netball coaches in the UK.

Head Coach and founder of St Lawrence Serpents Netball Club and St Lawrence Shells Netball Clubs, she was very proud to have secured promotion in their first season in the Thanet adult league. Two teams play in the top two divisions in the league.

Mrs Glynn-Brooks is also a proven scout for England Netball Pathway Academies, actively promoting opportunities at county level to her teams. She is a Coach for the U14 county Academies.

Recently Mrs Glynn-Brooks has pursued high level officiating as a new passion. In April 2016 she gained her B award qualification, and as a result Mrs Glynn-Brooks regularly officiates all over the county and is now a mentor for the beginners umpire award and C award umpires.

HUW STEVENS: Having played and coached in the Premier League for over 13 years, Huw is a highly experienced hockey coach. At the age of 15, Huw first played for Canterbury Hockey Club in the Premier League and continued to play for them for 11 consecutive years. During this time he was awarded Young Player of the Year, represented Canterbury at the Premier League Finals day and played at Wembley Arena in the Super Sixes Indoor Hockey Finals. During his school and club career Huw became National Champion on four occasions. Alongside these commitments Huw also represented Wales from U16 to Senior International level where he played in the European Championships.

Coaching has always been his passion but once his playing career was over, Huw can now focus all his attention on coaching. Firstly assisting Kwan Browne at Canterbury Hockey Club for two years and then moving to fellow Premier League team Hampstead and Westminster HC where he is currently assistant coach. Huw is also involved with England Hockey Single System having been assistant coach to the Saxon Tigers 2016 Futures Cup.

Huw started life at St Lawrence College as a Hockey Coach but has now taken over as Head of Hockey. Huw’s extensive experience at school, club and international level means he has plenty to offer the pupils and the school when it comes to hockey. He hopes to maintain and progress the hockey at St Lawrence College and he is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

KATE STARRE: Leveraging her 25 years of experience in elite sport; as an athlete and with a vast coaching history, Kate Starre is equipped to support the development and growth of individual athletes and to optimally prepare elite teams to optimise their physical capabilities.

Kate played for the Australian Women’s Hockey Team from 1990 – 2000 with her world class achievements exemplified by:
  • 2 Olympic gold medals 1996, 2000
  • 2 World Cup gold medals 1994,1998
  • 1 Commonwealth Games gold medal 1998
  • 5 Champions Trophy gold medals 1991,1993,1995,1997, 1999

During this period, the Australian Women’s Hockey Team became the most successful team in Australian sporting history. This legacy of success and experience has shaped Kate’s winning attitude and desire to contribute to the future success of today’s athletes.

Kate has international experience in coaching, working at The Ohio State University. This coaching experience exposed her to athletes from a variety of cultures with a range of skill levels; and required her to be creative and tailor programming to meet the needs of individual athletes.

From 2005-2008 Kate was the assistant coach for the Australian Women’s Hockey team. In this role, Kate planned and delivered team and individual training sessions that ensured athletes were continually challenged and motivated in their pursuit of improved performance. Her extensive experience also resulted in her being a leading contributor in areas of; goals setting development, player evaluation and mentorship that served to facilitate and foster an attitude of excellence and accountability.

From 2010 – 2016 Kate was the strength and conditioning coach for Australian Women’s Hockey Team ensuring optimal physical preparation for both individual athletes and the team leading into the London and Rio Olympics. This involved an all-inclusive approach consisting of physical excellence, longevity in the sport, injury prevention and/or management, rehabilitation, load management and sports specific needs. This resulted in the 2016 Olympic team being the best physically prepared Australian team to ever attend an Olympic Games.

More recently Kate has embarked on a Masters of Strength and Conditioning to further her understanding of the theoretical and practical application of elite sports. She will complete this higher degree qualification in 2017. She has also been involved in research programs with the University of Western Australia to further understand how training interventions can reduce sporting injuries.

Kate’s experience and knowledge brings a unique set of skills to the development of individuals and teams designed to optimise performance and create well-rounded athletes.

GERAINT JONES: Having been a professional cricketer with Kent and Gloucestershire for a combined 16 years, Geraint brings a wealth of experience to our cricket programme. As well as playing cricket at over 500 combined first-class, list A and T20 matches, Geraint made 85 appearances for England and 2 for his country of birth - Papua New Guinea. A highlight of his career was the involvement in the 2005 Ashes series and most noticeably for taking the winning catch in the second Test match of that series. Geraint is an ECB level 3 coach. He assists with coaching the Kent age groups and Academy teams.

Since retiring in September 2015, Geraint has been gaining experience in the education sector before joining St Lawrence College as a PSHE and Games teacher in September 2017. He is currently studying for a BSc in Business and Sports Management.

It is great to have Geraint on board at SLC and what a wonderful opportunity for our aspiring cricketers to be coached by such a vastly experienced cricketer.