Tom started playing lacrosse at school over 30 years ago. He continued his playing career whilst at Sheffield University and has lived in the city off and on ever since. His two young sons are now benefitting from the junior development programme at Sheffield Steelers Lacrosse and have both started playing at school and at the club. As well as voluntary lacrosse work with both England and Sheffield Tom also works in sport as the founder and director of an event management business.
Having first picked up a stick at 12 years old Tom went on to play county lacrosse at U15, U16 and U19 level followed by selection for the England U19 team in a number of exhibition games. A defencemen, who freely admits that he made the most of limited talent, he went on to play for the senior England team between 1996 and 2002. He represented England in three European and one World Championships, being voted onto the All-Europe team in 1999 and selected as team captain in 2000.
Tom’s coaching experience began informally, assisting with coaching duties whilst still playing for Sheffield University. Having retired as a player in 2004 Tom immediately picked up the coaching reins at club level with Manchester Wacs helping them to their most successful season in 2007 with a second place finish in the league and victory in the Senior Flags Final. He currently coaches the senior men’s teams at Sheffield Steelers and University of Sheffield and has also previously worked with the Yorkshire county team.
At international level Tom was recruited to work as assistant coach to Dave Elwood for the 2006 World Championships, a role he continued in 2010. He was Head Coach of the England U19 team for the 2008 World Championships where the team secured a victory over fierce rivals Australia and a fourth placed finish. In between World Championships Tom has experience of a wide range of England tours covering Rome, Portugal and the East coast of America. The World Championships in 2014 will be his eighth major Championships in a near-continuous England playing and coaching career which has now spanned 17 years.
When not working with senior teams Tom enjoys coaching the U10s at Sheffield Steelers – a very different set of coaching challenges.