Tabo Huntley

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Tabo has a unique blend of experiences in leading, developing and working within high performance teams. These experiences which already span over 18 years involve roles such as Performance Director, Head Coach, Lead Sprint Coach, Coach Mentor, Head of Fitness and Talent Development Manager. However, whilst each role has offered unique insights into the performance domain success has been underpinned by a single drive to deliver cutting edge solutions in order to achieve stated performance outcomes. By adopting a position of 'shared values' Tabo seeks to facilitate environments that allow individuals the freedom to share their expertise, knowledge and passions so that the TEAM own the process and the outcome.

Now as a Senior Lecturer teaching on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Sport Coaching and programmes, Tabo seeks to engage students in deeper learning through sharing of experiences, values and expertise in an attempt to encourage students to take ownership of the learning process. Specifically, Tabo leads modules along the Strength & Conditioning strand and teaches modules containing High Performance Sport, Paralympic & Disability Sport and Elite Coaching themes.

Tabo is actively involved in research, primarily through his Loughborough based PhD 'Mechanisms underpinning coaching expertise as it pertains to meeting the needs of elite Para athletes'. He also engages and collaborates with other colleagues particularly around coaching effectiveness, disability coaching, reflective practice and S&C based areas.


2011, University of Befordshire, United Kingdom, M.S.c Sport Performance

Postgraduate training

Critical realism workshop, United Kingdom, Lougborough University, ? - present

Journal article

Townsend RC, Huntley TD, Cushion CJ, Culver D. 2021. Infusing disability into coach education and development: a critical review and agenda for change PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT PEDAGOGY, DOI Author Url

Townsend R, Huntley TD, Cushion C, Fitzgerald H. 2020. ‘It’s not about disability, I want to win as many medals as possible’: The social construction of disability in high-performance coaching. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55 :344-360 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Ryrie A, Huntley T, Hayton J. 2017. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': a narrative of coaching in a new context Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Cronin C, Whitehead AE, Webster S, Huntley T. 2017. Transforming, storing and consuming athletic experiences; a coach’s narrative of using a video app. Sport, Education and Society, DOI Author Url Public Url

Huntley T, Whitehead AE, Cullinane D, Nixon S, Huntley E. 2017. Investigating relationships between and within entry pathways on a sport related programme and the degree outcome obtained Cogent Education, DOI Public Url

Whitehead AE, Cropley B, Huntley T, Miles A, Quayle L, Knowles Z. 2016. ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. International Sport Coaching Journal / ISCJ, 3 :269-286 DOI Author Url Public Url

Huntley, T.D. , Mauger, A. R. , Fletcher, I. M. . 2014. RPE-DERIVED WORK RATES CAN BE ACCURATELY PRODUCED WITHOUT EXTERNAL FEEDBACK OR REFERENCE TO THE RPE SCALE 1. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 118 :507-521 DOI Author Url


Huntley T, Whitehead A, Cronin C, Williams C, Ryrie A, Townsend R. 2019. Pan-European Work Force Audit (Output 1) and Best Practice Case Study (Output 2) Report. The Experiences of Coaches in Paralympic and Disability Sport Author Url Publisher Url

Conference publication

Quayle LRJ, Umeh , Huntley T, Morley D, Knowles Z, Whitehead AE. 2017. Exploring UK Sports Coaches Knowledge and Use of Reflective Practice ICCE Global Coach Confrence

Whitehead AE, Miles A, Cropley B, Huntley T, Knowles Z. 2015. ‘Think Aloud’: Towards a framework to facilitate reflective practice amongst rugby league coaches. BPS Division of Sports and Exercise Psychology Conference 2015

Huntley TD. Huntley, T., Fitzgerald, H., & Duffy, P (2013) Critical Disability Studies and Researching Coaching. Presented at the ICCE International Coaching Conference, Durban, South Africa ICCE International Coaching Conference

Huntley TD. Huntley, T. (2014) Critical reflections in elite sport – experience of developing coaching expertise. Presented at the Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference, Loughborough, UK Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise Conference

Huntley TD. Huntley, T. & Dunn, P. (2014) Beyond excellence in Para-Athletics. Presented at The ICCE, Global Coaches House, Glasgow.

Ryrie A, Cronin C, Huntley T, Hayton J. 'Sinking and swimming in disability coaching': A narrative of coaching in a new context ICCE 11th Global Coach Conference

Huntley TD, Cushion C, Fitzgerald H. Traversing ‘Performance – Nurture’ Coaching in Paralympic sport 11th ICCE Global Coach Conference

Jewitt Beck R, Whitehead A, Knowles Z, Huntley T. The provision of education for coach developers within a UK National Giverning Body International Council for Coaching Excellence, Global Coach Conference

Research Grants Awarded:

UK Coaching, Caring Cultures in Sport Coaching, Amy Whitehead (LJMU), David Tod (LJMU), Francesca Champ (LJMU), Angus Ryrie (LJMU), Colin Lewis (LJMU), Fieke Rongen (Leeds Beckett University), Tabo Huntley (LJMU)., Grant value (£): £15, 000, Duration of research project: 7 Months. 2021

Special Olympics, Special Olympics eLearning Project, PI Tabo Huntley, CoI Amy Whitehead, Grant value (£): $25,000, Duration of research project: 18 months. 2020

Special Olympics, Special Olympics Coach Workforce Audit., PI - Tabo Huntley, CI Amy Witehead, Grant value (£): 8,000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2020

International Hockey Federation, Developing integrated coach education for Para hockey, Barbara Walsh, Grant value (£): 2500.00, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2019

Erasmus Plus, Para-Disability Coach Education and Learning Project- Enhancing Para-disability sport coaches' learning, mobility and employment with reference to a Para-Disability European Sport Coaching Framework and Massive Open Online Course, LJMU Team: Dr Amy Whitehead, Professor Philip Vickerman, Dr Colum Cronin, Dr Gus Ryrie, Ms Catherine Walker, Dr Nicola Rowley and Dr James Rudd, Grant value (£): £334,355, Duration of research project: 3 years. 2018

Conference presentation:

ParaCoach Special Olympics Workforce Survey and Follow-Up Interview Findings, Special Olympics US Developmental Sports Webinar, Online, Oral presentation. 2020

Facilitating the social impact of coaching in disability sport, Croatian Presidency EU International Sport Seminar, Zargreb, Oral presentation and panel member. 2020

The social construction of empowerment in Paralympic Coaching, International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference, Tokyo, Oral presentation. 2019

Other invited event:

UK Coaching Research Conference, Derby County Football Club, Becoming an Effective Coach of Disabled Performers. 2020

External committees:

ParaCoach Working Group, International Council for Coaching Excellence, Chair. 2019

Conference organisation:

ICCE Global Coach Conference 2017, Bid lead and chair of the executive committee. 2017

Teaching qualification:

PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. 2015

Media Coverage:, BBC One after Football Focus. Coverage focused on Maria Lyle's (coached by Tabo) preparation for the 2015 World Championships. Title: IPC Athletics World Championships: Maria Lyle's Paralympic dream..

Other Professional Activity:

Personal sprint coach to world class performance funded British Athletics athletes: Maria Lyle & Erin McBride.