Colum has been working and studying sport coaching in public, private and voluntary sector sports organisations for fifteen years. His experience in the sport industry is very much focused on increasing youth participation and performance in basketball. This includes significant time as a coach, referee and coach educator. As a lecturer he tries to ensure his teaching is based on evidence and that his teaching style is interactive. He predominantly teaches on sport coaching and physical education modules. His research is generally qualitative and focuses on coaches lives, practice and development.