U23's Coaching Staff

U23's Coaching Staff

Date of Birth

Simon Rusk


Simon Rusk was appointed Albion's under-23 coach in March 2015, after stepping up from his role as the club's under-18s coach.

Rusk led the Seagulls to an eighth-placed finish in the 2016/17 Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign, and has stepped in as first-team coach for Albion's senior squad on multiple occasions.

Albion's under-23s achieved promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1 under Rusk in 2017/18, before finishing third in the top flight during their debut campaign at that level.

Rusk enjoyed a playing career prior to coaching, as he made over 140 appearanced for Boston United, before moving on to York City and Crawley Town towards the end of his career.

Shannon Ruth

Assistant Coach/GK Coach

By Paul Hazlewood
Shannon Ruth

Shannon Ruth was appointed as Albion’s under-23 assistant coach in January 2018, following a spell as lead academy goalkeeping coach - a role he still oversees.

After playing football at non-league level in the Conference, Ruth began coaching with Chelsea at the age of 18, as he worked with the under-9 to under-12 goalkeepers at the club.

Head of goalkeeping roles at Aldershot and Reading followed - four years with the Royals - before joining Albion, initially as a goalkeeping coach before stepping up to be Rusk’s assistant.