I have engaged with Paudie in relation to a number of underage teams, specific players and squads from club to development squad level in recent times. His sessions have been exceptional additions, a highlight, to many of my teams seasons and to myself as a coach bringing an injection of freshness, unparalleled experience and attention to detail.
As coaches we are always looking to improve ourselves and constantly looking for ways to look outside the box. Paudie has always ensured coach education and mentoring was part of his approach to delivering targeted sessions to my teams and athletes.
Through initial phone calls prior to the sessions, during his time working with the teams and individuals and at the end of any of the sessions, he would always discuss, explain and challenge the philosophy, principles and ideas surrounding the targets of the sessions. It always meant that his contribution had a more long lasting positive effect on my coaching and the team’s and athletes performance.
His key strength throughout all engagements has been his communication with players. When dealing with players at teenage level, how we communicate aspects of our game is crucially important for the development and understanding. Paudie is an extremely impressive communicator, meaning solutions to aspects of athlete development and the game and their importance in relation to the game are clear, simple and concise.
Players have always come away with an increased awareness with regards to their performance and roles with greater confidence and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend Paudie in any aspect of coaching and guidance for any athlete, team or coach who want to be better, who want to succeed and meet the greatest potential they can.