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.

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.