Neil Doak - #CICACon Keynote Speaker
August 31st 2017 by Cricket Ireland | Other
Performance and Development Manager of Rugby and Cricket at Campbell College Belfast and the Head Coach of All Ireland League Rugby Union team, Queens University Belfast.
Neil is a former Ulster rugby player and the former Head Coach of Ulster Rugby. He made his debut as a player in 1995 against Northern Transvaal and went on to make 76 appearances for Ulster before retiring in 2005.
He began coaching while still a player, becoming an Ulster Branch development officer in 2000. Following his retirement he worked with Academy players as a high performance coach.
He led the Ulster U19, U20 and ‘A’ sides and was quickly promoted to the senior set-up where he took up a role as elite player development officer. He became backs coach in 2009 and is credited with transforming Ulster Rugby into one of the most potent attacking sides in Europe. He was Head coach between 2014 and 2017.
Neil will share his experiences of Rugby Union’s transition from amateur to professional in 1995 and how it impacted on him as a player and his transition from a player athlete to a coach.
Neil has a strong cricket connection having represented Ireland 32 times.