Date of Birth

Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi became Albion head coach in September 2022, joining the club on a four-year deal.

De Zerbi began his playing career with AC Milan, although he wouldn’t make the breakthrough with the Rossoneri, going out on loan to lower league clubs Monza, Padova and Avellino before joining Salernitana in 2001.

He then moved to Foggia – who he would return to manage – Arezzo, Catania and Napoli, for whom he made his Serie A debut.

An attacking midfielder, he wound down his career with CFR Cluj in Romania before returning to Italy in 2013 for a final spell with Trento.

Roberto made nearly 300 league appearances as a player, however he would soon make his mark as a coach.

He cut his teeth in coaching in the Italian lower leagues, with Darfo Boario and Foggia. Spells in Serie A with Palermo and Benevento followed, before he became coach of Sassuolo, where his attacking style and possession-based approach really caught the eye.

He led the small Emilian club to consecutive eighth-place finishes in Serie A, before accepting an offer to join Shakhtar Donetsk. His time in Ukraine was cut short by the Russian invasion, but not before he’d led the club to the Ukrainian Super Cup, and he left with the club top of the first division.

Andrea Maldera

Assistant Head Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Andrea Maldera.

Maldera comes from a footballing family, after his father Luigi and uncle Aldo both played professionally for AC Milan.

A player himself, Andrea came through the academy with AC Milan, before playing in the lower leagues of Italian football with Leffe (who are now known as UC AlbinoLeffe).

Luigi Maldera, a Champions League winner with AC in 1969, was De Zerbi's academy coach when he was coming through the youth system.

Having worked with AC Milan’s under-19s, Andrea then became technical coach with the first team, as Massimiliano Allegri led Milan to the league title in the 2010/11 season, before Filipo Inzaghi took over and won the Italian Super Cup the following year. Andrea then became head of video analysis for the Under-19 age group.

He departed for the Ukrainian national team in 2016 to work under Andriy Shevchenko as his assistant coach, where he remained for five years.

During that time, Ukraine reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, defeating Sweden in the last 16, before being beaten by England in the following round.

Andrea joined Albion in September 2022, following the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi, who he is working with for the first time.

Andrew Crofts

First-Team Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Andrew Crofts.

Andrew Crofts re-joined the club in July 2019 in a new role as player-coach as part of Simon Rusk’s under-21 side, before taking over the role following Rusk's departure to Stockport County.

He was promoted to interim first team head coach after Graham Potter left for Chelsea in September 2022, before becoming first team coach under Roberto De Zerbi.

The former Albion skipper enjoyed a playing career across all four top tiers in England, beginning life in the game with local club Gillingham and also representing Norwich City in the Premier League.

With the Seagulls, Crofts had two spells on the south coast either side of his time with the Canaries, turning out for Albion 125 times and found the back of the net on 13 occasions.

He has also represented Wales on the international stage, making 29 caps at senior level.

Nick Stanley

First-Team Set-Piece Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Nick Stanley

Nick joined Albion in July 2012 as an Academy Performance Analyst Intern after two years with AFC Bournemouth and has progressed to Performance Analyst for the first team.

Following the appointment of Graham Potter as head coach in May 2019, Nick became Set-Piece Coach, a role he continued when Roberto De Zerbi succeeded Potter in September 2022.

Having gained a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sports Science from Solent University, Nick then completed his masters in Sports Performance Analysis in 2014.

Ricard Segarra

First-Team Goalkeeping Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Ricard Segarra.

Ricard worked his way up the ranks as a goalkeeping coach with Barcelona, working for their B team before departing for Galatasaray in January this year.

He also worked with Barca’s under-18s and under-19s. He has a Master’s Degree in Conditioning for Team Sports.

Jack Stern

First-Team Goalkeeping Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Jack Stern.

Born in London, Stern grow up an Albion fan in Sussex having moved to Heathfield at the age of eight. 

He was an academy player at Wimbledon, and played for Burgess Hill Town and Lewes, before making the decision to focus on a coaching career at the age of 21. 

Having gained his goalkeeping coaching qualifications while at university, he worked at West Bromwich Albion in their academy. 

During his time at the Hawthorns he qualified for his Uefa B qualification in football and goalkeeping, and took his A licence in Canada, after moving to Montreal in 2014. 

He moved to Cincinnati in 2018, just before their elevation to the MLS, and left them at the end of the 2021 season to take the role with Albion. 

Marcattilio Marcattilii

First-Team Athletic Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Marcattilio Marcattilii.

Roberto De Zerbi was in his second season at Foggia when Marcattilio started working with the Albion head coach.

Marcattilio continued to work with Roberto at Palermo, Benavento, Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk. He began his career in 2004 as an assistant coach at Giulianova.

Vincenzo Teresa

First-Team Athletic Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Vincenzo Teresa.

Vincenzo has worked with Roberto since their time together Foggia, before joining the Albion head coach at Palermo, Benevento, Sassuolo and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Agostino Tibaudi

First-Team Athletic Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Agostino Tibaudi.

Agostino joined Roberto De Zerbi’s team at Sassuolo and continued to work with him at Shaktar Donetsk.

Prior to moving to Ukraine, Agostino worked in Italy with Sampdoria, AC Milan and Cagliari.

He also worked for a season at Chelsea at the beginning of the 2000s. He has a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology of Physical Activity, having begun his coaching career in 1989 at the Italian club Casale.  

Enrico Venturelli

First-Team Head Coach Assistant

By Paul Hazlewood
Enrico Venturelli.

Enrico first worked with Roberto as part of his backroom team at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Previously he has worked for FIFA and UEFA in operations and was a project manager at three Olympic Games in Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018. He is fluent in Italian, English, Russian and Spanish.