Yale key to new backroom team

  • by Richard Johnson
  • Friday, 6th August 2021

Women's first team manager Ollie Harder has moved to strengthen his coaching staff, with the addition of the hugely experienced Brian Tompkins.

The London born Tompkins has been appointed as First Team Coach and Head of Player Development, having refined his considerable skills as head of the Yale Varsity Soccer team.

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Hammers boss Olli Harder has strengthened his team ahead of the new campaign

After meeting Harder whilst with Yale, the two have stayed in touch ever since according to the official club website.

“I’m really exciting to be joining the club,” Tompkins told whufc.com. “Obviously having a lot of experience in the men’s game, it’s exciting to come over and be part of a new project here at West Ham.

“I’ve worked with Olli before, and I have a lot of faith in his ability to really create a significant impact here and I’m looking forward to trying to help support that.”

Tompkins joins fellow new recruit Paul Konchesky, who having spent time coaching with the Academy set up, moved to the women’s team to assist Harder upon his arrival in January.

He told whufc.com: “I’m really happy to be joining up with West Ham United Women. It’s been different for me because I’ve been helping Olli out over the last five months since his arrival. I’ve had the chance to get to know the environment and how everything works, and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“When the opportunity came through from Olli to be his assistant manager, it was a no-brainer for me to work in a top league with some great players in a first-team environment.
“This is a new and exciting opportunity for myself, and I’m really excited to get going.”

The Barking born left back featured 70 times for the Hammers and was a pivotal member of the 2006 FA Cup squad.

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2006 FA Cip Finalist Paul Konchesky has also moved to join the coaching team

The full coaching staff list sees Tompkins, Konchesky and Harder joined by General Manager Aidan Boxall, Goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart, Strength and Conditioning coach Colm Smith and Academy Manager Myles Smith.

Head of Medical Elena Jobson and Sports Therapist Jackson Bradley are joined by two other new arrivals. Performance Analyst Sidney Kavanagh and Kit Operative Lucy Barnes.

The 2021/22 Super League season kicks off on Sunday the 5th of September, with the Hammers away to Brighton and Hove Albion.

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