U18's Coaching Staff

U18's Coaching Staff

Date of Birth

Mark Beard

Mark Beard became Albion’s under-18 coach in May 2017, in the latest chapter of a lengthy playing and coaching career in the game.

Beard began his career at Millwall, and was part of the side that won the FA Youth Cup in 1991, beating a Manchester United team containing the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt along the way to glory.

He remained with the south London club for two years, before moving onto Sheffield United, Southend United and Kingstonian, before the midfielder headed to Spain and joined San Pedro and took on a combined player/coach role there.

The midfielder later moved on to Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon, before taking on a playing/coaching role at Tooting & Mitcham United and subsequently a youth team coaching job at Crawley Town.

Beard would become the manager of Loxwood and combined this with a role coaching the under-15 and under-16 age groups at the Albion, before he left the Surrey club to take up the Albion under-18 job on a full-time basis.

Date of Birth

Mikey Harris

Mikey Harris became Albion’s joint under-18 coach to work alongside Mark Beard in November 2017.

Harris arrived from Portsmouth, after spending three-and-a-half years there as the lead professional development phase coach.

Prior to that, he had a season in charge of then Conference Premier side Salisbury City, and became the club’s youngest manager at the age of 28, when he was appointed to the role in July 2013.

Harris became one of 27 coaches to graduate from The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football qualification in June, following an 18-month process.

He joined an exclusive club of under 400 FA Level 5 alumni including new Albion head coach Graham Potter, Sean Dyche, Emma Hayes, Scott Parker, Brendan Rodgers and Gareth Southgate to receive the highest football coaching qualification in this country.