Coaching Staff

Director of Tennis

Mike Aitken – LTA Senior Performance Coach

Mike Aitken joined the University as Director of Tennis in 2010 after 25 years’ experience as a full time tennis teaching professional.

Mike has been Director of Tennis at the University since 2010 and his remit has been to develop the performance side of the teams, help to grow participation and work alongside the student club to build a dynamic, thriving club. Mike has coached Scottish Junior and District squads, and several players who have competed at county level or internationally with Scotland and Great Britain. Along the way he has received several personal awards for his contributions to the sport, the most prominent being Tennis Scotland’s Coach of the Year award, which he won in 2000 and 2014, and the LTA’s AEGON Coaching in Education Award, won 2015.

He previously had the role Performance & Talent Coordinator & Development Manager with Tennis Scotland. Mike has represented Scotland at various age groups from over 35 to over 50. He is a former winner of the Scottish Men’s Hardcourts Doubles title, four times winner of the Over 35s Scottish singles title and has an Over 50s Scottish singles title to his name.

Tennis Coach

Euan Bell

Euan joined the University in 2017 as a Tennis Coordinator, working with students as a coach and mentor. A UKCC Level 3 coach, he has great experience of working in a club and school environment having coached in partnership with Active Schools for over eight years at this level.

Euan attained an honours degree in Sports Development that covered key areas in sports performance such as motor control and skill acquisition, the coaching process, sports psychology and performer improvement and development. He continues to develop his knowledge and forms part of the Disability Sport Fife team delivering weekly indoor multisport sessions including tennis.

Senior Performance Coach

Steven Birrell

Steven has been working with the University team squads since 2015 and brings a wealth of high level coaching experience. Currently involved in player development and National/County training, he coaches highly ranked Scottish juniors including the current GB number one in the 12 and under age group. Steven regularly travels with county teams and has great experience at preparing children to compete.

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Allan Gartshore

Allan has worked within the University’s Department of Sport and Exercise for several years now and brings a wealth of practical training experience to the table. Having competed in several different sports (including football, kickboxing and triathlon) he understands what it takes to compete at a high level.Over the years Allan has picked up many fitness qualifications and has several years experience working as a Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, before moving into a more sports performance based role. Allan has been an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC), with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008 and continues to attend all the workshop and conferences available, to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of applied research. As well as his work for the University, Allan also works part-time with the Scottish Institute of Sport, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as working with Dundee United Football Club – providing both field based, and gym based strength and conditioning support.