Colchester United's coaching and backroom staff bring a wide range of footballing experience and backgrounds to their jobs at the U's.
With the training ground at Florence Park opening in July 2012, the coaching staff will have a home from which to develop the best in local young talent, as well as preparing a first team to represent the club each Saturday.
Listed below are many of the people behind the scenes that help to look after Colchester United's teams, both now and for the years to come.
FIRST TEAM COACHING STAFF
First Team Manager
Well known for his playing days at Colchester United, Joe has subsequently enjoyed a number of roles behind the scenes at the U's.
Having originally ventured into coaching the youth side of the football club, he is now well established in looking after the first team and was appointed manager in September 2012. His passion for the club is undoubted and he is a key part of the backroom set-up.
A true U's legend during his playing days at the club, Mark returned to the club in September 2012 to be part of Joe Dunne's coaching staff.
Mark earned iconic status for his performances in the U's midfield and, after coaching stints at Charlton and Walsall, he is now back at home with his first club.
First Team Physio
An experienced physio who was previously with MK Dons, Tony has been with the club since 2006, having originally been brought to the club by former manager Geraint Williams.
Tony is in charge of all first team players and their rehabilitation from injury and oversees youth team physio Joe Badham as the duo ensure the U's players return to action as quickly as possible.
Dave was previously with Norwich City but is now very much a key part of the Colchester United coaching staff.
Dave's work ensures that the players are fit and ready for action for first team matchdays and that their fitness base is kept at a high level throughout the season.
Ademola has been with the U's since 2005, having been brought to the club by former boss Phil Parkinson.
He is in charge of the development of the U's goalkeepers, including those currently at the club in the youth team.
Senior Professional Coach
A former central defender for Southampton and West Ham, Richard has brought his playing experience into the U's coaching ranks.
He is in charge of helping young players bridge the gap between the youth team and first team, looking after the club's development squad.